How to set up multiple monitors for PC gaming

Why use two monitors for PC gaming when you could use three? Here's how

How to set up multiple monitors
Unless you are willing to spring for one of those new super ultrawide monitors that can barely fit on a desk, you may be wondering just how to get your favorite 4K or gaming displays for your favorite games or multitasking glory. Sure, you have linked two monitors together no problem, but maybe that’s just not enough.

Maybe you really need extra screens for more immersion, additional apps, or a better field of vision. We’ve got your back: Here’s how to set up multiple monitors for the best gaming experience!

Note: Hey everyone, make sure you have enough desk space and free outlets first. Please.

Step 1: Check all your monitors

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We’re not going to list any required monitors for this multi-screen project, but we will point out the obvious: Try to choose newer monitors that are all the same model.

Ensuring that the monitors are the same model makes it very easy to measure and plan for them, as well as setting them up and maintaining them. Without the right height adjustments, you may also struggle to get different monitors precisely parallel with each other. At the bare minimum, it’s nice to have monitors that all have similar ports. These days, that probably means that all your monitors should to have either HDMI or DisplayPort connections (yes, there’s also DVI, but that’s less likely).

You also want all your monitors to have support for the same features, such as graphic syncing. Your game may look seriously weird if your monitors have different display features and support options.

Finally, you will want to make sure that your graphics card has enough connections for three monitors. For example, if you are using three 4K monitors, you will want to make sure your GPU has three HDMI ports for use. Yes, you can mix and match ports if necessary (say, two HDMI and a DisplayPort, but again it’s much easier if you just have several of same monitor models. If you don’t have a dedicated graphics card or don’t know anything about it – well, that should probably be the first step before setting up your set of monitors. A custom graphics cards is basically a necessity for this process.

Note: There are splitters you can use if you have a great GPU but only one or two compatible ports: This isn’t quite as optimal, but it’s a common case.

Step 2: Check your graphics card

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There’s good news here—today’s GPUs are typically produced with the understanding that some people will want multiple monitors, so if you’ve recently bought a GPU, support is included out of the box. That makes things much easier than it was in the old days. However, if you are buying a graphics card specifically for this project, you can make extra sure that it has the right kind and number of ports. You should also confirm particular multi-screen features, which are:


AMD is generally considered the go-to when it comes to multi-screen support, although Nvidia is currently quite competitive. Look for cards that provide the Eyefinity feature (all recent models should have this). Eyefinity ensures that the image is properly spread across all connected screens and ensures that the bevels don’t cover up any important details. It’s a very effective setting that’s necessary for a quality gaming experience. Note that Eyefinity is friendly with DisplayPort connections, so those are the ports to look in your monitors.


Nvidia’s solution is called “Surround” and your Nvidia GPU needs to have it. Like Eyefinity, Surround supports multiple monitors as well as 3D gaming. Surround works with all standard monitor connections.

If you’re stuck with your current GPU and it’s not everything you hoped it to be, there are adapters for technology like Eyefinity which can help you MacGyver a solution together.

Step 3: Hook everything up and turn it on

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This step is easy. Plug everything in first, double-check your ports to make sure they are the right ones, and then turn it on.

You will only need to use one screen for setup, so don’t freak out about how the other screens look until you complete step 4.

Step 4: Change settings as necessary

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For a gaming setup, we suggest skipping any operating system settings and going straight to your GPU control panel, where the real action takes place. Both AMD and Nvidia have control panels where you can setup multiple monitors and adjust as necessary. For AMD, here’s how to go into settings and make sure Eyefinity is adjust properly. Here’s how to get started with Nvidia chips. Don’t be afraid to adjust the monitor behavior if something does look right when you try to run your game.

Important note: Game compatibility

Is your game compatible with a multi-monitor approach? Well…probably.

There is fairly updated list of the games that are compatibility with multi-monitor features. If you look at it, you’ll notice that it includes most recent games and quite a few games from the past decade, too. In fact, games have probably been more advanced this way than graphics cards in the past. So chances are very, very good that whatever game you dream of playing surrounded by screens, it will work just fine. However, not every indie or older game may have full support for the features that we talked about.


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