Selecting a monitor for high-end gaming is straightforward with our buying advice
QUESTION I'm looking to upgrade my monitor with a larger model. I'm interested in playing Skyrim. Could you tell me whether this game would support a 24- or 27in screen at a decent resolution. I have a AMD Radeon HD 6970 graphics card, and around £200 to spend.
HELPROOM ANSWER Your Radeon HD 6970 will be fine for playing Skyrim. You will have to adjust the quality and resolution settings to achieve the best compromise between image quality and smooth gameplay, but you should be able to achieve a very satisfactory result.
It's important to point out that the graphics card doesn't determine the maximum physical size of your monitor. You could easily hook up a 30in monitor, a 60in TV or a projected display as big as a house. What matters is the resolution in pixels. This is largely independent of the physical size of the monitor, although some of the very highest resolutions are available only on larger displays.
For example, if you play at a standard resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, you'll find monitors ranging from 21.5- up to 27in that match this number of pixels. Of course, many larger TVs (and projectors) also use the same 1080p resolution.
If you use a dual-link DVI connection, the maximum resolution supported by the Radon HD 6970 will be 2560x1600 pixels for a single monitor. This resolution is usually found only on 30in displays, although a slightly lower resolution of 2560x1440 is often found on more expensive 27in models.
There are, however, less expensive 27in options, which use the 1920x1080 resolution. One of these would make an excellent choice for Skyrim. Take a look at the BenQ GW2750HM.
This 27in display has a high-quality vertical alignment (VA) panel and comes in below your £200 budget. Skyrim will look beautiful on this display, but you may prefer a twisted-nematic (TN) screen with a faster response time if you also play action games. TN offers sharper moving images with less blur, but VA has wider viewing angles.