Monitors can be
an expensive part of your PC setup. Since it is the window to the digital
realm, most people want a large one. Players for instance spend thousands to
buy the biggest monitors available on the market. Others buy smaller, cheaper
monitors and connect them all for one PC. But how will you know what is right
Screen Size Matters
One thing to know about monitors is that the screen size dictates
the price. The difference between a few inches can mean tens of dollars. The
larger it goes however, that price shifts considerably. For those who want a
simple monitor for work, a standard one works just fine. Players too, for that
matter, can enjoy the game without having to spend thousands on curved monitors
and widescreens. Multiple monitors also require a powerful graphics card. If you are considering getting them,
make sure the rest of the setup is up to standards.
While it may seem that purchasing a monitor is pretty straightforward,
you still need to do a bit of research. For instance, the graphics card needs
to be compatible with the wiring in order to plug it in. Most monitors have VGA ports compatible with a PC’s motherboard;
newer graphics cards no longer have them. Most modern graphics cards sport HDMI
slots, meaning older monitors would not be compatible. Some cards also require
DVI cables or even an adapter.
Without a proper working monitor, your PC is useless. You
would not be able to do anything since you cannot see. Maintaining your monitor
properly, dusting them, and ensuring the wires are not tangled go a long way.
Monitors can live for half a decade or more with proper use. Of course, make
sure that they are not bumped or moved a lot. Monitors are very delicate, and a
single bump or dent can ruin the whole thing.