This is the fifth article in a series where I am looking at finding the best desktop PC I can build for myself in $1,200 or less with a small monthly budget to improve it as we go. The last article, I showed off the motherboard and CPU I planned to get. At this point, I have used up $443.96 of my $1,200 budget.
Below are my best picks and what I picked for monitors and video cards. It should be noted I’m more worried about a great video card than monitor, so price is my main factor for monitors and performance for video card. Also, I plan to only get one monitor at this time, more on that in a future article.
Asus PB278Q 60Hz 27.0″ Monitor
This monitor is clearly the Royals Royce of computer screens with 2560 x 1440 recommended resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 5 ms response, 1 HDMI and 1 VGA input and 27″ screen. But at that price, I will be way over my budget. Maybe this is a great living room television, but not going to be my computer monitor.
Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5″ Monitor
This is definitely the cheapest of the monitors I found worthy of considering to use with specs of 1920 x 1080 recommended resolution, 21.5″, 5 ms response time, one VGA port but no HDMI. I want HDMI and 21.5 is on the smaller size. Not going to be my pick.
BenQ GL2460HM 60Hz 24.0″ Monitor
A 24″ screen with 1920×1080 best resolution option, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 2ms refresh rate with 1 HDMI and 1 VGA port. It isn’t the cheapest, but it’s reviews give it high marks for me to say this is the one I want.
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card
This graphics care confuses me because the price is high but the quality looks low. It has 4GB of on board memory and 2 on-board fans, but it only has a 1.14 Ghz core and 2 HDMI outputs. Not worth the price, even though it’s the same maker as the motherboard we are getting.
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
Price: $174.99 after rebate
This graphics card has a good price and with 1.28Ghz core, 2 built in fans, 4 HDMI ports it looks good until you realize it only has 2GB of memory on it. I like it, but don’t love it. I’m willing to pay more.
EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card
This video card has 4GB of memory, two built-in fans, 1.28Ghz clock, and up to 4 HDMI ports. At this price, I am absolutely going for this card. Not the top of the line, but for what my budget can handle, definitely a premium card.