Should You Use Multiple Monitors For PC Gaming?

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There is no doubt that bigger is better when it comes to computer monitors. The more you see, and the larger you see the images, the better your computer experience, whether you’re gaming or working.

If you’ve decided to increase your monitor capacity, congratulations; however, why you should use multiple monitors for PC gaming?

Let’s look at the question from a couple of different angles.

Viewing Space:

When it comes to the pure visual area, nothing beats nice big multiple monitors. You can find a number of different brands offering widescreen monitors in sizes up to 30 inches or so (larger with some setups).

The primary benefit to using multiple monitors is that you have no interruption of the visual field.

In other words, you can see the entire image with no breaks, whether you’re looking at your desktop or playing your favorite online game.

Multiple monitors work just as well, though they have an interruption between the monitors.

There is no distortion or image loss.

Many Samsung LCD Monitors have an incredible viewing angle, tons of connection options and great performance, especially the SyncMaster line, making this a great selection for a large LCD Monitor, specifically 23″ and above.

Better known for their LCD Displays and LCD TV’s, Sony LCD Monitors overall have stellar picture quality with high resolution and a plethora of features, but these beautiful monitors carry a hefty price tag.

Price:

Hands down, multiple monitors win out over their larger display. You can purchase two midrange monitors for much less than you’ll get a single large screen version.

If you’re economically minded (or just strapped for cash), this is the option for you.

If you’re concerned about the lack of continuity mentioned above, don’t be.

You’ll find that your vision adapts quite well to the separate monitors. After using your dual setup for a little while, you’ll wonder how you ever managed to do anything before.

HP LCD Monitors are great monitors in all size categories. They have an attractive design, outstanding performance and an approachable price tag.

Depending upon the series, HP has some very affordable monitors in the 17″-20″ range, perfect for setting up and saving money on a dual monitor setup.

Additional Hardware:

If you’re going to run multiple monitors, you’re going to have to upgrade the graphics card that came with your system.

For some reason, computer manufacturers haven’t made the logical leap that aftermarket graphic card makers have. Namely, that two monitors are better than one.

In other words, almost all computers come with only single monitor capabilities.

The good news is that almost all modern graphics cards worth their salt come with dual monitor hooks ups.

This includes both ATI and NVIDIA.

An additional option is to use a converter solution, such as Matrox. These are adapters that plug into your existing graphics card and can then split that signal to two monitor plug ins, much like the old splitters used to get cable to more than one television from a single line.

Both options have their advantages, though a new video card comes with additional onboard memory for better graphics capabilities.

Additionally, any Windows version above Windows 95 can handle multiple monitors.