Everyone wants to appreciate the full potential of a gaming computer. What is the point of playing the latest shooter on an out of date 19" 1080P 60Hz screen when you have a system capable of say 4K or 165Hz? Here at UK Gaming Computers, we have tested rather a lot of monitors out there and have come up with the following recommendations.

When choosing a monitor the main things to check out is:

The resolution

How many pixels are displayed. More pixels = more detail - 1920 x1080 aka FHD is regarded as the "normal". A 2560 x 1440 aka 2K or QHD screen contains more or less twice as many pixels as a FHD (hence the 2K terming) meaning its able to effectively display twice the detail whilst a "4K" monitor which has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 has four times the resolution of a FHD screen and thus four times the detail.

The resolution of a monitor and displayed resolution directly impacts the performance requirements of a graphics card. More pixels = more work the graphics card has to do. Unlike the FPS/refresh link described below where double the refresh rate directly equals double the graphics card workload, doubling the resolution does not directly double the workload on the GPU thanks to something called "scaling". You can read the science behind it all here. For the purpose of simplicity doubling the resolution will add around and extra 50%-90% workload to the graphics card (depending on how well a game or program is optimized) so it is important to ensure your graphics card is good enough to support a higher resolution monitor to get the best from it otherwise you will find yourself turning some settings down for a smooth experience. 

Refresh rate

Refresh rate is how many frames per second (FPS) will show on your screen. 60Hz is what us PC gamers would strive to achieve as a minimum - its regarded as the smooth buttery experience. However with the birth of eSports and competitive gaming PC gamers will look to have a higher refresh monitor and thus see more FPS when gaming to gain an advantage. Refresh rate and FPS is a direct 1:1 scale meaning if you go from say 60Hz/60FPS to 120Hz/120 FPS then you exert exactly twice the workload on your graphics card. The science is the same and it is important that if you plan to use a higher refresh rate monitor that your graphics card can handle it otherwise you will find yourself having to turn a few settings down. 

Response time

Response time is the time it takes for pixel to change colour. Is almost a spec left over from the dark ages when flat panel TFT monitors first came out, once upon a time they were inferior to the old bulky CRT monitors however with the technology maturing, today anything under 10ms is considered perfectly good enough which of course all our monitors are and would be surprised to even see anything above on the market today.


Simply put what connections are on the back of the monitor to connect to your PC. When ordering a monitor from us we will ensure you have the correct cables and adaptors to ensure it is compatible with your PC from us.

Special Features 

Some screens deviate from the norm;

- G-SYNC & FreeSync - is a technology that reduces "screen tear", its not a must have as its relatively pricey but for the pros and competitive bunch, highly desirable.

- Curved screen - Some users like curved screens, its nothing more than a personal preference.

- Aspect Ratio - in other words, widescreens. Monitors that are wider on the edges, again its a personal preference.

- Panel type - VA/TN/IPS & OLED are the main ones. Most monitors are VA or TN and ultimately there is nothing wrong with a TA or TN panel type. IPS offers a few advantages like faster response times (almost redundant now), better viewing angles & better contrast levels. OLED better blacks and all of this is again personal preference and is not massively important.

- HDR - is a technology that produces images with a large perceptible difference between light and dark areas on a screen. Its fancy and again not the end of the world if you do not have it.


Since we have hand picked these monitors, they all perform well within what we would call the required grade and are all compatible with our systems, so all you have to do is simply pick how big you want it to be! If you are unsure of which monitor to pick with your system/graphics card as you are concerned about both resolution and refresh rate then simply drop us a line and we can advise you the best route to take.