These are the best cheap gaming monitor deals for October 2020

When looking at gaming PCs (whether you’re buying a pre-built gaming desktop, shopping for gaming laptop deals, or building a computer yourself), it’s easy to get so bogged down in CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and other components that you end up overlooking your monitor — or worse yet, going over-budget with your build and being forced to settle for a cheap display. This is a mistake, as your monitor is the primary interface for all that hardware, and one that’s not up to spec will prevent you from fully enjoying that beefy CPU and GPU you paid for.

Thankfully, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a good desktop PC display that’s built for modern gaming, and if that’s what you’re looking for, then your search is over. We’ve got all the best cheap gaming monitor deals right here, with deep discounts to be found on everything from cheap 1080p panels to the latest ultrawide and 4K displays made for serious enthusiasts.

Today’s Best Gaming Monitor Deals

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Alienware AW3420DW Curved 34" Monitor

$1,023 $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

$830 $1,100
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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Aorus 27-Inch Quad HD Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$430 $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.
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Samsung CJ791 34-inch 100Hz Gaming Monitor

$650 $900
Perfect for hardcore gamers to upgrade their gameplay, the QLED Samsung CJ791 is an excellent ultrawide monitor in 3440 x 1440p, with a fast refresh rate of 100Hz and a low response time of 4ms.
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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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LG UltraGear 27-Inch IPS 144Hz 1080p G-Sync Gaming Monitor

$300 $350
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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32" Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T Curved Gaming Monitor

$750 $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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Acer Predator XB271HU bmiprz 27" WQHD NVIDIA G-SYNC IPS Monitor

$524 $700
Upgrade your games to a new level of immersion with the 27-inch Acer Predator XB271HU monitor, boasting stunning WQHD resolution and an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate for cinematic magic from your PC.
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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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Samsung CRG9 49-inch 120Hz Gaming Monitor

$1,130 $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 G27F 27-Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$220 $250
27 inches is a great sweet spot between "too big" and "too small," and the Gigabyte G27F gaming monitor is also pretty sweet with its crisp 144Hz IPS panel. This one is compatible with AMD FreeSync.
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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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Acer 32-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$200 $320
If you're looking for a plus-sized 1080p 144Hz display for gaming, it's hard to do better than this curved 32-inch Acer FreeSync monitor -- especially at this deeply discounted price.
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Gigabyte G32QC 32" 1440p 165Hz Curved FreeSync Monitor

$330 $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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Westinghouse 32-Inch 1440p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$250 $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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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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Viotek GFV24C 24 Inch Full HD FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$150 $160
For serious gamers, this powerful 24-inch LG monitor offers high-resolution quality courtesy of its AMD Radeon FreeSync technology and a 144Hz refresh rate for smoother gameplay.

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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