These are the best cheap gaming monitor deals for November 2020

Even the best gaming PC is only as good as its monitor. Your display is, after all, your visual interface, and a lousy one will quickly bottleneck that beefy GPU with lag, stuttering, screen-tearing, and other immersion-breaking annoyances. The monitor is one corner you don’t want to cut whether you’re building a computer or shopping for pre-built gaming PC deals, but that doesn’t mean you have to bankrupt yourself to get a good one.

To help you set up your desktop battle station the right way, we’ve combed the internet to bring you all the best cheap gaming monitor deals on everything from budget-friendly 1080p displays to enthusiast-grade ultrawide and UHD panels.

Today’s Best Gaming Monitor Deals

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Alienware AW3420DW Curved 34" Monitor

$1,000 $1,200
No top-tier gaming setup is complete without the Alienware AW3420DW monitor. With a curved, ultrawide display in 3440x1440p and a 120Hz refresh rate, this monitor is a hardcore gamer's delight.
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Samsung 49-Inch Full HD Curved QLED FreeSync Monitor

$699 $899
With a super-widescreen Quad HD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync, and Samsung's latest QLED panel technology, this massive 49-inch curved display is the ultimate ultrawide gaming monitor.
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Westinghouse 32-Inch 1440p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$240 $300
It's a VA panel (our second recommendation after IPS), but for $240, this 32-inch Westinghouse gaming display gives you a ton of monitor for your money with a 1440p resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
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HP OMEN - 27-inch IPS LED QHD FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible Gaming Monitor

$380 $500
Need speed and powerful performance from your next gaming monitor? Look no further. This monitor comes with a 144-165 Hz refresh rate and a 1 ms response time all in a 27-inch LED display.
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Dell 32-Inch 1440p 165Hz Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$330 $450
With a resolution of 2560x1440, get vibrant imagery with Dell's 32-inch curved gaming monitor. Its 165Hz refresh rate ensures that you ultra-smooth frames without stuttering.
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Samsung CRG9 49-inch 120Hz Gaming Monitor

$1,000 $1,200
For the gamer who wants full coverage of their field of view in breathtaking detail, the 49-inch Samsung CRG9 boasts a curved, ultrawide, QLED, 5120 x 1440p display, with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
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Gigabyte G27QC 27-Inch 165Hz 1440p Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$260 $320
27 inches is a great sweet spot between "too big" and "too small," and the Gigabyte G27QC gaming monitor is also pretty sweet with its crisp 144Hz IPS panel. This one is compatible with AMD FreeSync.
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Alienware 25-Inch 1080p 250Hz FreeSync (+ G-Sync Certified) Gaming Monitor

$385 $510
With FreeSync and G-Sync compatibility (thanks to Nvidia's G-Sync certification program) and a 240Hz refresh rate, this 25-inch Alienware display could be the best 1080p gaming monitor deal right now.
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Gigabyte G32QC 32" 1440p 165Hz Curved FreeSync Monitor

$346 $370
If you're on the hunt for an up-sided Quad HD display, this has 32 VA panel with a 165Hz refresh rate, and stutter-free FreeSync technology for smooth gaming.
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LG UltraGear 27-Inch IPS 144Hz 1080p G-Sync Gaming Monitor

$294 $310
G-Sync compatible monitors are usually a bit more costly than their FreeSync counterparts, but this deal lets you score the 27-inch LG UltraGear display for the same price as the FreeSync version.
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Dell Gaming 27-Inch Curved 1080p 144Hz G-Sync/FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$225 $280
If 1080p is good enough for you, then this gaming monitor from Dell is a fantastic and versatile choice thanks to its smooth refresh rate and compatibility with both Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
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Samsung G5 Odyssey 27-Inch 1440p 144Hz Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$230 $300
Be it competitive or casual, get the best frame rate while playing with the Samsung G5 Odyssey 1440p gaming monitor, which has AMD FreeSync Premium and a 144Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth gaming.
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BenQ EX2780Q 27” 1440P IPS 144Hz Gaming Monitor

$450 $600
If you want cinematic gold, this 27-inch BenQ EX280Q monitor is great for users with an eye for visuals. With a 1440p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, any game can become a full-blown movie.
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32" Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T Curved Gaming Monitor

$600 $800
Made with a Quad HD 2K resolution display, you can immerse yourself in gameplay for hours, especially with its fast, lag-free performance.
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MSI Optix G27C2 27-Inch Curved 1080p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$275 $300
27 inches might be the Goldilocks zone for gaming, and the MSI Optix G27C2 is a great curved option for AMD card users looking for a monitor capable of smooth 60fps performance for well under $300.
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BenQ Zowie XL2411P 24 Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$199 $289
Don't let its old-school look fool you: The 24-inch BenQ Zowie XL2411P packs a bevy of modern gaming features including a 144Hz refresh rate, FreeSync, and a 1ms response time.
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Lenovo Legion 43-Inch 1200p 144Hz Curved Ultrawide FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$749 $1,199
If you're looking for a large curved display for serious entertainment and gaming, this 43-inch monitor from Lenovo is a great pick thanks to its 1200p Full HD+ resolution and 144Hz refresh rate.
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Aorus 27-Inch Quad HD Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$400 $460
With a crisp 1440p resolution and a buttery-smooth refresh rate of 165Hz, this curved 27-inch Aorus display is one of the best Quad HD gaming monitors you'll find right now.

How To Choose A Gaming Monitor

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When sorting through the myriad of gaming monitor deals that are available online, there are a few things to consider before you hand over your hard-earned cash. You don’t want to jump on the first cheap gaming monitor you find that meets your budget, as many that are advertised as “gaming displays” lack some important features.

After determining how much you’re willing to spend on a cheap gaming monitor, the first thing you’ll need to decide on is size and screen resolution. Bigger isn’t always better — your ideal display size has a lot to do with how close you’ll be sitting to it, and for most desktop PC setups, the standard 24 to 27 inches is fine. Displays in this size range are also ideal for 1080p, although at 27 inches, you’ll want to consider bumping up to 1440p if your GPU can support it. At 32 inches and beyond, you’ll likely want to stick to 1440p and even 4K gaming monitors, although this may depend on the display’s vertical resolution in the case of ultrawide panels. An ultrawide display that’s the same height as a 24-inch monitor will still look fine at 1080p.

One important feature that any good gaming monitor will have is some sort of vertical sync technology, the two prevailing standards being AMD FreeSync for use with Radeon graphics cards and Nvidia G-Sync for GeForce GPUs. Vertical sync ensures a smooth picture during fast-moving sequences by mitigating (if not eliminating) screen-tearing, an annoying issue where the lines that make up the image do not synchronize vertically. It’s generally recommended to get a gaming monitor that matches your graphics card, although Nvidia has been increasing cross-compatibility with FreeSync monitors lately. Just note that you’ll need a DisplayPort cable to take advantage of G-Sync; FreeSync works with either HDMI or DisplayPort.

The third thing to look for in a cheap gaming monitor is a refresh rate of 120Hz or higher. The general rule is that your display’s refresh rate should be at least twice the frames per second you want to game at (120Hz or more for 60fps gaming, for example). Modern HDMI and DisplayPort connections both support higher refresh rates, but some older standards like HDMI 1.4 may not. You will see many displays marketed as “gaming monitors” that only have refresh rates of 60Hz or 75Hz. Even if these units have FreeSync or G-Sync, they are not ideal for gaming at 60fps, which is the minimum that we recommend for PC gaming in 2020. There are plenty of cheap gaming monitor deals available that meet these criteria.

One final thing worth mentioning is curved and ultrawide displays, which have both become quite popular lately. Curved gaming monitors are nothing to be afraid of, but unless you’re going bigger than 27 inches (more specifically, if you’re buying an ultrawide panel), don’t pay extra for this feature — you probably won’t notice it much when sitting at a normal distance from a standard-sized desktop display. That said, ultrawide panels are one instance where we recommend going curved no matter what. These gaming monitors are naturally expensive but offer an elegant alternative to multi-monitor setups, and they might not be as cost-prohibitive as you think once you tally up the expense of buying multiple displays.

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