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These are the best cheap gaming monitor deals for September 2020

Any gamer will tell you that one of the top three most important components of your PC battle station is your monitor. Whether you’re building your own desktop or you’re still hunting for pre-built gaming PC deals, the display is one area where you really don’t want to pinch pennies.

Thankfully, you have plenty of options to choose from if you’re on the prowl for a cheap gaming monitor, and we’re here to help you find the right one (without you having to pay a small fortune). We’ve put together a list of all the best cheap gaming monitor deals available online right now along with a short buying guide to get you up to speed with the latest features and technologies to look for.

Today’s Best Gaming Monitor Deals

  • AOC C24G1 24-Inch Curved 1080p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor$145, was $180
  • BenQ Zowie XL2411P 24-Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor$199, was $289
  • Gigabyte G27F 27-Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor$200 after rebate with code 9SMARTHM54, was $250
  • MSI Optix MAG301CR 30-Inch 200Hz 1080p Curved Ultrawide FreeSync Gaming Monitor$310, was $350
  • Sceptre 35-Inch Curved UltraWide 1440p 100Hz Freesync Gaming Monitor$380
  • Alienware 25-Inch 1080p 250Hz FreeSync + G-Sync Certified Gaming Monitor$385, was $510
  • Samsung CHG90 49-Inch 144Hz 1080p Curved Ultrawide FreeSync Monitor$900, was $1,000

Acer 32-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$220 $310
Expires soon
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.

Lenovo Legion 43-Inch 1200p 144Hz Curved Ultrawide FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$749 $1,199
Expires soon
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.

LG UltraGear 27-Inch IPS 1440Hz 1080p G-Sync Gaming Monitor

$300 $350
Expires soon
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.

Sceptre 35-Inch Curved UltraWide 100Hz 1440p Freesync Gaming Monitor

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Its 100Hz refresh rate is a little bit of a limiting factor, but for the price, it's very hard to beat the Sceptre 35-inch curved monitor if you're looking for a 1440p ultrawide display.

AOC CU34G2X 34" Curved UltraWide 1440p 144Hz Freesync Gaming Monitor

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Ultrawide displays are a great alternative to multi-monitor setups, and this 34-inch 1440p gaming monitor from AOC has all the gaming features we like to see at a fantastic price.

Aorus 27-Inch Quad HD Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$430 $490
Expires soon
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.

Auzai Portable IPS Monitor (15.6-Inch, 1080p Full HD)

$170 $190
Expires soon
The Auzai 15.6-inch IPS monitor is a perfect (and extremely affordable) way to add a second display to your laptop or portable gaming setup. Has USB-C and Mini HDMI ports for power and video.

MSI Optix G27C2 27-Inch Curved 1080p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$236 $300
Expires soon
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.

Samsung 49-Inch Full HD Curved QLED FreeSync Monitor

$900 $1,000
Expires soon
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.

BenQ Zowie XL2411P 24 Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$199 $289
Expires soon
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.

Gigabyte G27F 27-Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$200 $250
Expires soon
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.

AOC C24G1 24" Curved 1080p 165Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

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With a 24-inch curved VA panel, 1080p Full HD resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, and AMD FreeSync technology, the AOC G1 Series has just about everything you could want in a budget gaming monitor.

Alienware 25-Inch 1080p 250Hz FreeSync (+ G-Sync Certified) Gaming Monitor

$385 $510
Expires soon
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.

Monoprice 27" Zero-G Curved 1440p 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor

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Moving past 24 inches, it's a good idea to go for a Quad HD monitor like the 27" Monoprice Zero-G. On top of its 1440p resolution, this curved display has FreeSync and a smooth 144Hz refresh rate.

Viotek GFV22CB 22-Inch 144Hz 1080p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

$130 $140
Expires soon
If you're OK with something a bit smaller than the usual 24 inches and you're on a tight budget, the 22-inch Viotek GFV22CB has everything we want in a gaming monitor at a cheap price.

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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