In the previous part, we talked about the PC configuration on a deep hardware level. We got it all pretty much covered. But our gaming configuration is far from complete. Beside the beast components in our PC case, we need some very important external hardware parts and peripherals, to help us “tame” that beast.
Some people are easily satisfied by less – simpler and cheap peripherals, as long as they do the job. But there are others who chase perfection, and they expect the best from their purchases. So, for the next few things we are about to talk, I’m going to tell you what’s the best possible part you can get and then I’ll give you some cheaper alternatives that can still satisfy your gaming needs.
Most people don’t give much thought to the monitor of their PC configuration. But gamers on the other side, see this piece of hardware as something far more important. After all, this is the thing you are about to look at for the whole duration of your gaming session. Believe me, that duration is not short at times.
When you are about to choose a monitor, you should really consider a few factors:
- How much budget you can spend on a monitor?
- What kind of games are you playing?
- What are you planning to play?
Monitors have a few basic parameters that matters the most, for gamers – size and refresh rate. Monitors have other extras and technical parameters that you should not leave aside, but for the most part, you will be looking for those two I mentioned.
The size really matters. For good gaming experience, you really need to get a big wide-screen monitor, because most games are made in a way, that if you have that kind of monitor, you get an advantage over the square type monitors. For example, in a real-time strategy game, you see more “ground” with your wide monitor than with the other type. This is considered as a huge advantage. The perfect size for a monitor is from 22-to-24-inch range. Everything above that is great, but sometimes it’s getting your eyes really tired. Of course, it depends on what type of games are you playing. For racing or simulator games, you should even go forth with a multi-screen set-up.
Monitor’s refresh rate is really something that makes the difference from being killed to getting a kill, in intense first-person shooter games. It is the frequency at which your screen refreshes its screen data. The average user would not notice the difference and 5 milliseconds delay would feel the same as 2 milliseconds. But reaction and the ability to see things before your opponent, even if it’s just a millisecond faster, means everything for a good gamer. The standard monitors are usually 60Hz, but that’s not what we aim for, right? The cookie cutter gaming build should be with a monitor, at least with 120Hz refresh rate.
As for manufacturers, I prefer Dell, Asus, AOC and Benq. My experience with them, gave me the impression, that their monitors are with better quality than the others. All 3 of them already provide an IPS technology to their products. Who doesn’t want a Monitor with a similar display quality as an iPad or iPhone? The best model I would recommend is Dell UltraSharp U3014. The price of this monitor alone is around the same as a low-end gaming computer, but it really delivers the best when it comes to quality. If you don’t want to spend that much, any 24-inch, 120Hz monitor will do the job.
Cleaning and Maintenance
When you spend so much money on something, you are surely going to want that thing well maintained. Often, your monitor will get covered in dust and smudges. Professional cleaners in Wandsworth recommend to use “green”-only solutions. With those high-end piece of art monitors, you should be very careful. Strictly follow the manuals from the manufacturer when you’re cleaning it.
Now as we got the hardware configuration and the monitors covered, we have to take a closer look at something really important for a gamer – the control. Check out part three, which will come at some time next week, to read what I have to say about gaming peripherals.