Building a gaming rig is not an easy task; let alone an affordable one. You will have to find the right gaming monitor and the correct mouse & keyboard combo, followed by the top-of-the-line graphics card and processor. And at times, it can take months, if not years. But one has to start somewhere, right?
So, here we some of the best affordable gaming monitors priced below $200 that you can find in the market. These monitors combine the best of the functions and features at an affordable price tag.
So, what are we waiting for? Let's get started.
But before that, let us take a quick peek into what made us choose the following monitors
High Refresh Rate: The math is simple — higher the refresh rate, smoother will be your gaming experience. You'll get fewer stutters and lags, and of course, a better image. And it's recommended to get monitors that have refresh rates higher than 75Hz. Thankfully, monitors with high refresh rates have been rapidly increasing over the years. If you are lucky with deals, you can get a gaming monitor with a 165Hz refresh rate.
Less Response Time: High refresh rate and low response time are what will get you smoother and stutter-free gaming experience.
Screen Type: If you want a monitor, prey for gaming purposes, TN (Twisted Nematic) panels are the best ones to get. They are fast and sits well with the low-response time needed for games. However, they tend to have very narrow viewing angles.
Lastly, if your budget allows, you can check out the high-res monitors for a fluid gaming experience. There are a million things that you need to check, but the above should be good enough to get you started.
Now, let's check out some of the best gaming monitors.
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1. LG Ultragear 24 Inch Full HD Gaming Monitor (24GL600F-B)
The LG Ultragear 24GL600F-B packs plenty of features at an incredibly affordable rate. For one, you get a 144Hz refresh rate coupled with 1ms response time. Plus, there's support for Radeon FreeSync, provided you have a dedicated graphics card to back it up, apart from features such as Customized Game Mode and Black Stabilizer. Though it has a 1080p display, the good contrast ratio and the pixels density of 93 pixels per inch give you excellent picture quality.
Furthermore, there are two HDMI ports, meaning you can connect both your PC and your gaming console and switch between them at your convenience. On top of it, you have a DisplayPort that's needed for more NVIDIA cards to work. Only one of the ports is HDMI 2.0, while the other is a standard one. That port will allow you the full refresh rate of 144Hz.
So far, users seem to deliver the great picture quality and customizable features that this TN panel comes with. This one has 4.3-stars out of 5, with most of them praising its FreeSync support and the low response time.
However, it's not one of the best-looking monitors out there. It does look a bit chunky, thanks to the thick bezels at the edges. Plus, the narrow viewing angle of TN monitors may be problematic for some.
If you do not like the narrow viewing angles of TN monitors, you can take a shot at the AOC C24G1 Full HD gaming monitor. This one has a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel, which is known for its impressive color quality and contrast ratios, thereby delivering a great picture quality. And the story doesn't end there. It has a curved screen design with a steep 1500R curve and is coupled with a slim bezel. This could be ultimate affordable gaming monitor.
Apart from the above, the AOC C24G1sports two HDMI 1.4 ports and a DisplayPort 1.2. And coming to the main question, yes, it has a 144Hz refresh rate followed by a 1ms response time.
When it comes to gaming, all the features — the high refresh rate, the AMD FreeSync technology all combine to deliver slick gameplay sans blurs and stutters. And the almost bezel-less display adds to the looks.
The AOC C24G1 has over 69% positive reviews, with most gamers commending its incredible balance of features against price.
Note that the C24G1 has a slightly colder color temperature, and might make some games look cold and dark.
Another gaming monitor worth a bargain is the Acer XFA240. It comes with the usual bells and whistles of gaming monitors such as a 1080p (FHD resolution), a smooth 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time. And not only that, it supports both AMD's FreeSync and NVIDIA's G-Sync for a fluid gaming experience without worrying about the graphics card.
The Acer XFA240 has great picture quality by default, but the good thing is that there are multiple user-controlled picture modes where you can define your preference. And well, you can switch between them whenever you want.
Do note that unlike the monitors above, the Acer XFA240 has only one HDMI port, and it gives you a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, while the Display Connector lets you go up to the said 144Hz.
The Acer XFA240 looks a bit unusual. It has a tall stand, which gives it a solid look. You can use it only to tweak the height or rotate a bit. However, it doesn't let you swivel at its base. Plus, you may need a couple of speakers to help you boost the volume.
The Acer KG251Q is a Full HD monitor and carries the usual bells and whistles like 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response rate, and support for AMD Radeon FreeSync Technology. The crux of this monitor is its widescreen TN display coupled with ZeroFrame design. And he matte screen is the cherry on top.
The fast response time and the FreeSync together reduce ghosting and motion blur and ends up giving you superb gaming experience. Note that FreeSync works best when paired with an AMD Radeon GPU.
Last but not least, the picture quality is notable for the price with clear and excellent color accuracy. Plus, the viewing angles aren't that bad either.
This gaming monitor has amassed many great ratings, with many praising its display. This display has a single HDMI input. Plus, the 2-watt speaker falls on the weaker part.
The Sceptre E255B-1658A is a sure-shot looker, all thanks to its edge-less design and neat stand. And the combination of the 165Hz refresh rate and the faster TN panel will give you fluid gaming experience. On top of that, it comes with advanced HDMI 2.0 connectors.
For those unaware, HDMI 2.0 has many advantages over the standard HDMI 1.4. For one, you can run two full HD shows simultaneously on the same screen. Secondly, it brings Dolby Atmos to the table.
The Sceptre E255B-1658A has the tag of Amazon's choice and has received its fair share of a good amount of reviews over the years. It has a rating of 4.1-stars out of 5, with over 63% positive reviews, especially for its bang for the buck features and its Edgeless Design and its display quality.
Viewsonic XG2401 is one of the older models. It's for those who are looking for a frills-free yet feature-rich gaming monitor who is not interested in the looks of the monitor. It's a 24-inch Full HD monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync. The best thing is that the TN-LCD panel gives a great overall image quality with minute adjustments.
The color temperature is balanced out-of-the-box, meaning you won't see any blue or red shades. With this model, you get two HDMI ports, a single DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports.
Though this monitor enjoys a rating of 4.4-stars out of 5 on Amazon primarily due to its performance, you may not like the looks of the monitor. The bezels are on the thicker side, and the red accents may not sit well with most setups.
On the upside, the stand lets you adjust the monitor completely. Plus, it even lets you attach a VESA mount.
So, which of these monitors will you get? Will you go for the looks or the brawn behind it? Well, a combination of the two doesn't sound bad.
However, before you make the purchase do make sure that your CPU is compatible with the monitor.
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