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Best Cheap Gaming Monitors For 2021

Whether you're looking for 4K, ultrawide, or a 144Hz monitor, there are a number of great budget gaming monitors out there today.


PC gaming is a hobby that can get expensive very quickly, and if you're already trying to save money on your actual rig, not to mention your gaming desk and chair, a new monitor can stress your budget even more. Thankfully, there are a lot of relatively cheap gaming monitors out there that offer some of the features once reserved for higher-end options. When shopping for a new gaming monitor, you'll want to keep in mind the type of gaming experience you're looking for. FPS and competitive gamers will want a monitor with a high refresh rate--at least 144Hz--to get the edge on their competitors. Those who are more interested in single-player games and want the best in picture quality may go for an ultrawide monitor or even one with a 4K resolution and HDR support to get the most vibrant image. Whatever monitor you go with, you'll definitely want to make sure it comes with FreeSync support, so your game always looks smooth with no screen tearing.

Below, we've rounded up some of the best budget gaming monitor options on the market right now. A number of factors played a role in our picks--the biggest one being our experience with the respective companies and their monitors. We've also considered each monitor's technical specifications, user reviews, and availability, and where possible, we tried to stay under $300 as well. With that in mind, here are the best cheap gaming monitors that we think are worth your time.

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