How to choose your PC monitor ~ GAMES AND GADGETS

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to choose your PC monitor

PC Monitors are the last PC parts chosen by those building their own custom PC. It’s because PC Monitors are easy to come by and most of the times, first time PC builders think that any kind of PC Monitors would do. Here are some things you should take into consideration when buying your PC Monitors:

CRT or LCD. Almost all new computers being offered by PC manufacturers have LCD displays. In choosing whether you want a CRT or LCD monitor, think about your desk space and the amount of time you’ll be spending on your PC. If your budget permits it, always choose LCD over CRT.

Size. PC Manufacturers are churning out bigger monitors for their PCs. Apple, Gateway, and HP already have PCs with 20-22 inch monitors. If you’re just going to do basic word processing and surfing on your PC, 15-17 inches would do just fine but if you’re going to use your PC to watch movies, 19-22 inches is recommended.

For LCDs, Widescreen or Standard. Widescreen LCDs are naturally wider than standard LCDs, Widescreen LCDs are best for viewing movies, but again, if you’re doing basic things on your PC, just go for standard LCDs or plain CRTs.

Refresh Rate / Response Time. Refresh rates are for CRTs while Response time applies to LCDs. High response times in LCDs will result in motion blur when playing games or watching movies. In CRT monitors, it is best to choose higher refresh rates to reduce monitor flicker.

Put some time into thinking about what kind of monitor you will use for your custom built PC. After all, your PC will just be a noisy machine without a monitor. If you’re in the UK and you’re looking for PC monitors, try visiting for cheap PC parts or you could try Googling.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent post here - TFT's really are the way forward