Which model you choose really depends on the games you are going to play on it. Competitive gamers and FPS junkies need a different display than for instance RPG or AAA aficionados – not to mention racing game fanatics who are an entirely different breed when it comes to monitor choice.
Here is a detailed graphic that helps you to make the right choice. Below this graphic you’ll find some general rules you should keep in mind when looking for a monitor that suits your needs.
Determining the optimal size
Bigger is not always better. Monitors for competitive games shouldn’t be too large. A screen bigger than 27” can be counterproductive, as you have to move your eyes a lot to catch every detail. Not only can the constant need to move your eyes negatively impact your performance but also cause eye strain.
If you are more into story-driven games that excel in creating a beautiful, believable world you want to immerse into, choose bigger screens. Optimally, you’ll want to aim for a display size between 27-35”.
Resolution: Have a look at your graphics card
If you want to buy a large screen, you should have the capabilities of your graphics card in mind too. The higher the resolution, the more powerful your GPU has to be, else you’ll have a “grainy” image quality.
If you want to find out more about resolutions, read the following article.
All AOC monitors also feature G-Sync and FreeSync compatibility, optimising the collaboration between your graphics card and monitor to the max. This technology prevents screen tearing which is a result when your GPU and display are not perfectly aligned with one another.
You can find more information about G-sync and Freesync here.
Be faster than your opponents!
If you like to play FPS and other competitive games, you benefit massively from a monitor with a high frame rate and response time. The refresh rate determines how often your monitor displays a new image per second. A fast refresh rate is key in competitive games such as Overwatch and Counter-Strike where fast movements decide over victory and defeat. Monitors for these games should have a refresh rate of 144Hz or more.
More information about refresh rates here.
A low response time is another key factor you should look out for when playing competitively. It describes the time a pixel needs to change from one state into another. Generally speaking, the lower the response rate, the less “ghosting” effects will occur – which describes the phenomenon when you see the bits of the old image in the current one.