How To Connect A Gaming Monitor To A PC

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If you're looking for a simple, easy to follow guide on how to connect your gaming monitor to a PC, we've got you covered right here.

All gaming monitors need at least two cables, one to supply power and the other to transfer data from your PC or laptop.

However, many of the best gaming monitors offer various ports such as HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA and USB-C, so it can be a little tricky knowing which one you should connect.

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In this article, we'll talk you through selecting the right cable and connecting your gaming monitor to your PC, so you can dive into the action as soon as possible.

Let's get into it!

How To Connect A Gaming Monitor To A PC

Here are some simple steps you can follow in order to correctly connect your gaming monitor to your PC.

Step 1: Choosing the right cable

If you have purchased a new monitor, a cable to connect it to your PC should be included. This will likely be either an HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA or USB-C cable.

However, if your PC does not support the cable provided you may need to purchase a different one that is supported by both your monitor and PC.

There are also other things to consider when choosing which cable to use such as what you're looking to get out of the monitor.

For example, if you've purchased one of the best 360Hz gaming monitors, in order to take advantage of the super high refresh rate, you'll need to use a DisplayPort 1.4 cable rather than HDMI 2.0.

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ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN Gaming Monitor
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ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN Gaming Monitor

Of course, whatever you're hoping to output, whether it be 4K, 360Hz or ultrawide etc. you'll need to make sure both your monitor and gaming PC are up to the task.

Once you have selected the correct cable, move on to step 2.

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Step 2: Connecting the cable

In order to connect the cable to your monitor, match the shape of the connector with one of the video ports of the back of your display.

You shouldn't have to force the cable into the port, if correct, it should slot in with relative ease.

Then, you'll want to connect the other end of the cable to the corresponding slot on the back of your PC.

Step 3: Turn on your monitor and PC.

Ensure the power cable is plugged into the mains socket for both your monitor and PC and switch them both on.

If you have connected your monitor correctly, it will likely automatically select the correct channel to display your PC, if not you can manually navigate to the correct one.

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If your monitor does not display an image, it may mean that you are using the wrong cable or that it is not properly inserted.

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If this is the case, turn off your monitor and PC and try again.

And there you have it, you should now be able to connect your gaming monitor to your PC.

Once connected, there are several things you can do to configure the monitor such as adjusting the refresh rate or you can even choose to mount your display for better viewing angles.

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