Builds Introduction

The purpose of this page is to disprove the myths about the price of a custom PC and educate people on possible hardware configurations for different budgets and performance requirements. The $400-$450 "The Crusher" is the most popular, as it's the one build on the page that simultaneously outperforms next-gen consoles by quite a significant margin while maintaining the same price. Don't worry about the page looking messy, everything is readable once you understand the layout. With each build, you'll see a title, the exported list from PCPartPicker, the About section, the Augmentation section, and finally the benchmarks (if any). We don't have a build more expensive than the End-All as it would turn into a matter of a more customized build for the user (which we recommend seeking help from our sub) and the fact that there isn't a large demand for people with $1400+ builds.

Tips

  • Remember to always peer-review your builds with communities such as /r/PcMasterRaceBuilds or /r/PCMasterRace. Never buy public or example starter builds exactly as-is, there are always personal improvements and 24-hour sales that can lower the price while simultaneously improving price-performance even further beyond what a build committee like ourselves can offer.
  • Always click on "PCPartPicker part list" instead of simply buying what's in the table. The reason is to let PCPartPicker use its sophisticated algorithm to pick the cheapest part that's still compatible.
  • If you don't live in the US, no problem. Simply click the "PCPartPicker part list" link, then change the country to your country on the top right corner. PCPartPicker will use its sophisticated algorithm to pick the cheapest compatible part that's available in your country.
  • While we try to avoid mail in rebates, please take advantage of them, as they help reduce the overall cost of your build.
  • Buying used can save you money, but you may have trouble with it later on and no warranty to lean on! See /r/HardwareSwap.
  • The feeling of nerve-wracking fear and simultaneous excitement is normal for first-time builders. Just remember that these things were made to be put together by humans like you. Just take your time and don't force square pegs into round holes and you'll be installing your OS and drivers within the hour!

The Media Elite

Lastrefreshed:October30th,2017.Version2.1,latestrevisionby/u/RandomDudeOP.Providefeedbackhere.

About

This HTPC is essentially a supercharged console with more versatility. The GPU in this build is equal to, or (in most cases) much better than, the GPU found in consoles. CPU is more than powerful enough to handle current-gen games without bottlenecking the GPU. You can expect to game at the same frame rates, resolutions, and graphical fidelity as the PS4 or XBOX One, but you will pay nearly $100 less for that privilege. With SteamOS nearing its full release and the advent of mainstream Linux gaming approaching, you won't even need to pay for your gaming Operating System. Hook this up to the TV, sit down with your console controller of choice, a new Steam controller, or any number of custom USB gamepads, and enjoy console-quality living room gaming with cheaper games... and now a cheaper, more versatile machine... which also has 2x the storage space (if you pick the HDD augmentation).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $86.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $55.99 @ Amazon
Memory *Crucial - 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $38.96 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage *Western Digital - AV-GP 320GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive $18.88 @ Amazon
Video Card *Zotac - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Mini Video Card $112.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case *Rosewill - Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *EVGA - 450W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $33.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $372.68
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-30 20:47 EDT-0400

Augmentations

Benchmarks


The Crusher

Lastrefreshed:October30th,2017.Version2.3,latestrevisionby/u/RandomDudeOP.Providefeedbackhere.

About

This is probably the best bang-for-your-buck build in this entire page. It renders any gaming console obsolete through superior performance. Considering that both next-gen consoles have significantly less processing power than this build (especially when you look at real-world gaming performance), this PC will have you absolutely set for the duration of the generation (if you're willing to drop your settings to what the consoles are locked at, which is usually around 900p, ~45FPS, and "Low-Medium"). This build in particular is suitable for running most modern games at 1080p/60fps/medium-high settings. It provides for PC versatility, as well. Do you want to play at 144fps on a 144Hz monitor for your First-person shooters? Perfect. Lower your settings and your framerate shoots up. Do you care less about the frame rate than the extreme-quality visuals? Wonderful. Crank those dials up and witness the glory. Do you want to stream your gaming online? Mod your favourite game to death? Make videos for Youtube (or Vessel...)? Create high-res, high quality original content based on your favourite movies? Books? Music? Homework? (yeah, parents.. we know you read this!) This PC will do it in style, and for many years to come.

This build originally targeted pretty strictly around $400 to $450, but it's been adjusted various times to include slightly more expensive parts deemed important.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Pentium G4600 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor $86.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B250M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $62.87 @ OutletPC
Memory *AMD - R7 Performance 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $56.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.49 @ Amazon
Video Card *MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Video Card $144.44 @ Amazon
Case *Rosewill - Galaxy-03 ATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply *EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $32.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $449.25
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-30 20:46 EDT-0400

Augmentations

Benchmarks


The Exterminator

Lastrefreshed:October30th,2017.Version5.2,latestrevisionby/u/RandomDudeOP.Providefeedbackhere.

About

A quality mid-range computer at the 600 dollar range. This is where builds start to demonstrate console obsolescence and easy ability to upgrade. With the components in this build it will be able to support VR if the RX580 8GB or GTX 1060 6GB is picked.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $149.77 @ OutletPC
Motherboard *ASRock - AB350M Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory *Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.49 @ Amazon
Video Card *PNY - GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB Video Card $189.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fractal Design - Core 2300 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply SeaSonic - S12II 520W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $37.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $588.21
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-30 20:46 EDT-0400

Augmentations

Note, if you plan on overclocking the cpu, either the Annihilator (with cpu cooler augmentation) or End-All could be an option for you.

Benchmarks


The Annihilator

Lastrefreshed:October30th,2017.Version13.1,latestrevisionby/u/RandomDudeOP.Providefeedbackhere.

About

Previously known as the "End-All", the Annihilator provides the best bang for the buck PC one can have for around $800 to $850. Formerly targeted at having the capability of using SLI / CrossFireX, support for SLI has dropped recently and there is no particular reason to buy dual graphics cards now there are better single GPU solutions out there which also use multiple times less power. Therefore, instead of dual graphics cards, we recommend simply buying a single GPU to ensure maximum compatibility and value, as it's no good owning two graphics cards if only a few games ever utilize them.

There are three options for graphics cards here, the GTX 1060 or RX 580 being a fantastic max settings 1080p card and also great for 1440p at slightly reduced settings. The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are great for 1080p 144Hz monitors or 1440p 60 Hz gaming, with the GTX 1080 also being a good 4K card at slightly reduced settings. So if you plan on playing at 1440p with max settings, it's better to go with the GTX 1070 or 1080 augmentation instead of the standard build's GTX 1060/RX580. Same here, if you want to go all-out with 4K at max settings, we would recommend getting the GTX 1080 Ti.

Please do note that this is also a great build if you plan on overclocking and if you're planning on using any VR systems like the Oculus Rift or Vive.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor $193.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - PRIME B350-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard $94.87 @ Newegg Marketplace
Memory *Patriot - Viper Elite 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage *Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.49 @ Amazon
Video Card *PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 4GB Red Dragon Video Card $254.98 @ Newegg
Case Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case $59.37 @ Amazon
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.59 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $783.17
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-30 20:45 EDT-0400

Augmentations


The End-All

Lastrefreshed:October30th,2017.Version1.3,latestrevisionby/u/RandomDudeOP.Providefeedbackhere.

About

A true End-All build where you achieve the best performance you can get for $1400. The build easily supports 1440p or 4k gaming while being quite bulletproof in VR and any streaming cpu heavy applications.

To point out again, the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are great for 1080p 144Hz monitors or 1440p 60 Hz gaming, with the GTX 1080 also being a good 4K card at slightly reduced settings. So if you plan on playing at 1440p with max settings, it's better to keep with the GTX 1070 in the build or go for the GTX 1080 augmentation. If you want to go all-out with 4K at max settings, we would recommend getting the GTX 1080 Ti outfitted with an non-reference cooler.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3.0GHz 8-Core Processor $289.78 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D14 65.0 CFM CPU Cooler $74.95 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus - PRIME X370-PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $149.61 @ Amazon
Memory *G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $148.55 @ Newegg Marketplace
Storage *SK hynix - SL308 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $78.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage *Toshiba - P300 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $40.49 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Superclocked Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card $519.89 @ B&H
Case NZXT - S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $87.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1455.24
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-30 20:45 EDT-0400

Augmentations


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Should I get an AMD Radeon RX or NVIDIA GeForce GTX?

  • FreeSync monitor is cheaper, but less consistent. If you do a proper research, you save money over G-SYNC with minimal gap. Consequently, you need an AMD video card
  • GTX 9-series or 10-series is generally better for 4K TV than other cards
  • If you want to watch videos within the next couple of years, get the GTX 9-series, 10-series, or RX series
  • You can play your PC games on phones, tablets, etc. only if you have NVIDIA GPU

Please refer to this thread here https://www.reddit.com/r/hardware/comments/66ovx4/amd_vs_nvidia_from_another_point_of_view/ for reference.

Q: Do I need an SSD?

If you have the cash, we would strongly recommend so. SSD improves the load time for day-to-day use. Loading Windows, Firefox, or Word, for example, are another order of magnitude faster. However, it has minimal impact on gaming performance apart from slightly decreasing the loading time.

Refer to this video to see the difference in real-time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4zdft1HDbY (please note that the video uses the slower 5400 RPM Hard Drive, while we exclusively recommend 7200 RPM Hard Drive or faster)

Q: I just saw that video. What to do if I want an NVMe SSD?

Make sure that your mainboard has the slot. Go to the PCPartPicker build by clicking "PCPartPicker part list" of the corresponding build, click on the small "From parametric filter" link of the mainboard row, and slide the slider on "M.2 Ports" to 1-2 instead of 0-2 on the left side of the screen.

Here are the NVMe SSD that are available https://pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#i=85&sort=a10. We would recommend the Samsung 960 EVO.

Q: Why did we choose AMD Ryzen?

To put it simply, Ryzen offers an amazing value to gamers and content creators right now. With more cores and threads and similar IPC (Instructions Per Clock) to Intel, Ryzen provides strong performance, especially when overclocked. Overclocking is a huge benefit Ryzen has over the non-K SKU Intel CPUs right now. You can easily overclock Ryzen on the stock cooler and get anywhere from a 0.5 GHz increase to a 0.8 GHz increase, depending on your chip. Content creators and streamers greatly benefit from Ryzen, due to the amount of cores and strong IPC. Over the past few months, AMD has worked out the bugs in Ryzen, leading to it becoming a stable platform and an easy recommendation to anyone looking to build a PC right now. AMD has also promised to keep using the AM4 socket for four years, so you will have no problem upgrading your CPU down the line. Overall, Ryzen is a great choice for anyone who wants strong performance in every task and wants a good upgrade path down the line.

Q: Where can I get a Windows or Linux disc?

The first step is downloading the disc image (usually an ISO) and the second step is burning it to a DVD (using InfraRecorder, free and open source!). Windows disc images can be legally downloaded officially (or via bittorrent clients or websites that host them) but will require key activation once installed, and Linux disc images are all free anyways and can be found on their official project websites.

Q: Why don't you include an optical drive?

A: Aside from installing the operating system (sometimes not even then), an optical drive is a dead and obsolete piece of technology. The PC industry has long since migrated completely to the faster, cheaper, and simpler digital distribution method. If you want an optical drive, your best course of action would be to buy a portable external USB one so there's not an extra useless part in your computer.

Q: Why don't you include a keyboard and mouse in each build?

A: Keyboards and mice are a tough thing to include, since the majority of people have one or the other already... sometimes even both. If they don't, it's still a bit too subjective to just point people to a single keyboard and mouse. There's a lot of options out there for keyboards (mechanical, rubber dome, back lights, size, noise, etc) as well as mice (laser, optical, wireless, etc).

If you are interested in mechanical keyboards, ask around! This sub and /r/MechanicalKeyboards should be able to help you out. Yes, they're amazing and you will never want to type on anything else ever again.

Q: Why don't you include an Operating System?

A: There are far too many options out there when it comes to choosing and obtaining an OS. For Mac OSX fans, there's Hackintosh configurations. For Linux, you have a plethora of amazing, fast, and free distributions like Ubuntu, Elementary OS, and Steam OS. For Windows, you have Windows 7 (for those who don't want Windows 8/8.1/10), Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Home Server (for hosting), etc. On top of that, obtaining Windows can be done many different ways. Some people just type in a key from another machine they already have. Some people already have it burned to a disc (which Microsoft legally distributes for free!), and some people just plain install it and ignore the activation requests.

If you need a single distro for recommendation, you can't go wrong with Ubuntu MATE. It has the popularity and support of Ubuntu, but the appearance and behavior similar to Windows.

Q: Why don't you include a monitor in the builds?

A: There's a monitor guide just below this FAQ. Consoles don't come with displays and neither should these individual builds. Displays are a separate thing. It would be unfair to enforce the need for a monitor when consoles don't come with them either. Besides, you can hook your PC up to your existing monitor or TV just like you could with a console. Monitors (and TVs) vary extensively, and it would be a bit unfair to try and predict what someone's needs would be. There's refresh rate (how fast it refreshes/maximum FPS it can display), there's display type (IPS for color clarity, TN for refresh rates), size (they can get pretty big), and other physical features (pivot, arm, bezel size, etc).

Potential Windows 7 issues

  • Windows 7 has no USB 3.0 support out of the box, so any USB 3.0 device (usually indicated by a blue connector) will not work during and after installation until you install the chipset and/or USB drivers for your motherboard. Disabling "XHCI Hand-off" in your BIOS will allow them to work until you do this, but will be limited to USB 2.0 speeds so it's not recommended as a permanent solution.
  • If you want to install Windows 7 without troubleshooting, you'll have to use a SATA CD/DVD player.
  • This doesn't apply to Windows 8 onwards, as they have USB 3.0 support out of the box.

Further Help & Contact

Questions, comments, concerns related to the page or the builds? If you want to visit the builds subreddit, go to /r/PCMasterRaceBuilds. To just simply message us click here for an integrated contact form!. Do not PM us for build requests, if you have a build request, please make a thread in /r/PcMasterRaceBuilds ! You can also always consult your final draft with /r/BuildAPC or /r/PCMasterRace!


Monitor Guide

Lastrefreshed:May15th,2017.Version2.2,latestrevisionby/u/MrAxlee.Providefeedbackhere.

About

Below are listed some of the well reviewed monitors between most combinations of the variables there are when deciding upon a monitor.

At the bottom of this post you will find a lot of information about panel types, refresh rates and other bits that you may want to know before buying a monitor to make sure that you have made the right choice, and after to make sure you configure everything to the best you can.

Prices are written as of writing and subject to change, not including shipping.

There are plenty more options available than these ones. Due to price fluctuations (raising price due to low stock) and using multiple stores to list the cheapest price, there may be a few odd monitors here (a 165Hz monitor being cheaper than a 144Hz monitor, G-Sync for no extra cost, etc), but we will leave these in the list for consistency and for countries where they may be priced differently.

16:9

Whatisthisnumber

1080p / FHD

Whatisthisnumber

There are no 1080p 60Hz G-Sync monitors. No smaller 144Hz monitors. No 1080p IPS monitors over 60Hz.

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
Acer H226HQL 60Hz 5ms None IPS 21.5" $98.99
Asus VS228H-P 60Hz 5ms None TN 21.5" $99.49
AOC G2260VWQ6 75Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 21.5" $119.88
Asus VH238H 60Hz 2ms None TN 23" $120.94
LG 23MP57HQ-P 60Hz 5ms None IPS 23" $114.99
ViewSonic VX2457-MHD 60Hz 2ms FreeSync TN 23.6" $139.99
AOC i2269vw 60Hz 5ms None IPS 21.5" $141.79
Acer XF240H 144Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 24" $235.98
AOC G2460PG 144Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 24" $349.99
Asus PG248Q 180Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 24" $449.99
Asus PG258Q 240Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 24.5" $594.99

1440p / QHD

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
QNIX QX2710 60Hz 6ms None TN 27" $219.00
Acer G257HU 60Hz 4ms None IPS 25" $261.10
Acer K272HUL 60Hz 1ms None TN 27" $270.60
Asus PB258Q 60Hz 5ms None IPS 25" $301.00
Asus PB277Q 75Hz 1ms None TN 27" $329.98
HP OMEN 75Hz 5ms FreeSync TN 32" $349.97
AOC AG271QX 144Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 27" $371.20
Dell S2417DG 165Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 23.8" $418.56
Acer XG270HU 144Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 27" $479.99
Asus MG279Q 144Hz 4ms FreeSync IPS 27" $549.00
AOC AG271QG 165Hz 4ms G-Sync AHVA 27" $589.99
Asus PG278QR 144Hz 1ms G-Sync TN 27" $649.36
Acer XB271HU 165Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $737.27
Asus PG279Q 165Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $799.00

2160p / 4K / UHD

Nothing more than 60Hz.

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
LG 24UD58-B 60Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 23.8" $261.99
AOC U2879VF 60Hz 1ms FreeSync TN 28" $328.86
LG 27UD58-B 60Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 27" $344.99
Asus MG24UQ 60Hz 4ms FreeSync IPS 23.8" $349.00
Asus PG27AQ 60Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $879.99
Acer XB271HK 60Hz 4ms G-Sync IPS 27" $879.99

Ultrawide (21:9)

Why21:9?

2560 x 1080

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
LG 25UM58-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms None IPS 25" $143.00
LG 29UM58-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms None IPS 29" $267.00
LG 29UM67 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms FreeSync IPS 29" $272.80
29UM68-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms FreeSync IPS 29" $248.00
LG 34UM58-P 60Hz (75Hz OC) 5ms None IPS* 34" $374.80
Acer XZ350CU 144Hz 4ms None TN 35" $579.99
LG 34UC79G-B 144Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 34" $594.99
AOC C3583FQ 160Hz 4ms FreeSync TN 35" $605.99
Acer Z35 144Hz (200Hz OC) 4ms G-Sync VA 35" $949.99

*PC Part Picker says it's not but it is

3440 x 1440

Name Refresh Rate Res. Time Frame Sync Panel Type Size Price
AOC U3477PQU 60Hz 5ms None IPS 34" $499.98
LG 34UM88C-P 60Hz 5ms FreeSync IPS 34" $696.40
Acer Predator XR341CK 75Hz 4ms FreeSync IPS 34" $840.81
Samsung C34F791 100Hz 4ms FreeSync VA 34" $849.00
Acer X34A 60Hz (100Hz OC) 4ms G-Sync IPS 34" $1198.79
Asus PG348Q 60Hz (100Hz OC) 5ms G-Sync IPS 34" $1199.90
HP OMEN 100Hz 4ms G-Sync AMVA+ 35" $1249.99

Information

I don't know what any of this means!

Resolution:
Screen resolutions: 720p vs 1080p vs 1440p vs 4K vs 8K
Resolution - Not Just a Number as Fast As Possible

Refresh rates:
Monitor & TV Refresh Rates as Fast As Possible
https://www.testufo.com/ - great to see what different FPS looks like (as long as you're screen supports them...)

Response time:
What does monitor response time mean?
Monitor Response Times As Fast As Possible

Screen Tear & Frame Sync:
What is screen tearing?
If your graphics card pushes a frame to the monitor midway through the monitor refreshing, it'll start to render the new frame as well as still showing part of the old frame, like this: 1, 2, 3.
If your FPS is higher or lower than your refresh rate, there is a chance of this happening.

Thankfully, there are few options available to fix this. The easiest way is using the "VSync" setting in-game, which will help alleviate the pain a little while introducing other issues. It works by limiting your framerate to your refresh rate. There's a huge writeup on how it works here, detailing the benefits and drawbacks of VSync.

Another option would be using G-Sync if you have an Nvidia GPU, or FreeSync if you have an AMD GPU. These work by changing your monitors refresh rate to match the FPS your card is outputting, removing any screen tearing while also not limiting your FPS or introducing any input lag like Vsync would.

G-Sync & ULMB
Is G-Sync Worth It?
FreeSync
FreeSync as Fast As Possible
Is FreeSync Worth It?

Panel type:
Everything You Could Ever Need To Know LCD Panel Types Explored
Display Panel Type Differences Defined
Panel Type: TN vs VA vs IPS vs OLED
Panel Types: TN vs IPS
PLS vs IPS – Similar Panel Types Explained
IGZO vs IPS - Which Is Better?

Potential issues:
Should I Be Worried About Ghosting?
IPS Glow, Backlight Bleed and Dead Pixels Explained
What Do I Do About Dead Pixels?
Backlight Leakage
IPS Glow
Screen Door Effect (caused by low resolution on larger monitors)

More:
What is Aspect Ratio?
Physical Monitor Size Comparison Tool
What is Dots Per Inch (DPI) / Pixels Per Inch (PPI)?
DPI/PPI Calculator
What Cable Should I Use?
What is Display Lag and Input Lag?
Input Lag
Professional Color Calibration Tools
ICC Profiles and Monitor Settings Database
What Is HDR? What Specs Should I Be Cautious Of?
Monitors vs TVs for Gaming - What's the Difference? Should I Worry About 6/8/10-bit Panels?
What Is Color Gamut?
How Should I Clean My Monitor? Spoiler: microfiber

But /r/PCMasterRaceBuilds, I've seen some cheap Korean monitors on ebay - why haven't you recommended any of those?

They're usually a few hundred dollars cheaper. Yes, they're real IPS panels, but keep in mind.

  • Multiple input models (two HDMI, two DP, one of each) often have bad contrast.
  • Higher chance of bad backlight bleed or IPS glow when compared against established brands.
  • Don't expect to be able to return it. This is some random guy in Korea you're buying from.

Meet the builders

/u/SKIRING

SK for friends and foes alike. IT Adviser and Security Consultant of an IT company at day, PCMR moderator and builder at night.

/u/RandomDudeOP

Just some random person on the internet SK picked up. Long time PCMR builder and Steam moderator, but started out designing custom builds in a Battlefield forum way back and it grew from there. Also an old tech hoarder and sometime known as the Kansas Cowgirl (ask SK about that).

/u/ptrkhh

Another random person on the internet SK picked up. He started tinkering with PCs with a bunch of old PCs that his aunt left in the basement. Since then, he's been building PCs with various hardware, in particular he's a mini ITX enthusiast. Often found on Reddit and eBay, either learning more about PC or scourging PC parts he can't afford. Also he wrote this entire bio himself in third person.


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