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Can My Computer Run 4K? Complete 4K Monitor Requirements

People prefer to watch movies, play games in 4K quality because it gives a more realistic look, and watching 4K is very sharp and clear.

But, Do you know that not every monitor can handle to run 4K videos or games?

Well, the majority of people think that just purchasing one 4K monitor will help them to enjoy their videos, and games in ultra had graphics. So, here we are going to talk about complete 4K monitor requirements that you should need to know.

There are lots of people who ask one same question, that is “Can my computer run 4K?”, answering this question is quite complicated! Because there are lots of things that you need to consider to look to run the 4k videos and games. You need to use graphic cards, 4K supported to monitor and also, a good and fast HDMI cable or so that it can handle the data transfer.

There are very few good monitors that support 4K. I already published one buying guide related to monitors for EYE Stain. Graphic cards because GTX 1080 is one of the best high-end graphics cards and it supports smooth 4k video rendering.

So, if you want to experience the best high resolution to date, then you must need to purchase the 4K resolution monitor and other screens.

Can My Computer Run 4K

How To Check My Monitor Can Play 4K Or Not?

First of all, you need to look that your monitor screen supports 4k or not.  If it supports, then you need to check out other things to run 4K videos and games, and if it doesn’t, then you need to purchase any 4K monitor first.

Below is the step by step guide to know about your monitor’s specifications. These steps may vary according to your windows version. Here in this tutorial, I am using Windows 10 latest version.

Step 1:

Go to your desktop and then right-click on it. After that select “Screen Resolution”

Step 2:

After that under display settings, You will see various screen recommendations. If 3840×2160 is available, then your computer supports 4K. If 3840×2160 is not available, then your computer does not support 4K video rendering.

So, while you choose any monitor to purchase, make sure that you will choose the WQHD monitor or 4K monitor. Every monitor above 40 inches comes with WQHD or 4K resolutions.

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They might cost some high prices but believe me that watching 4K pixels will bring us to the next level.

Complete 4K Monitor Requirements

Graphic Card Is Necessary

Along with your 4K monitor, you need to purchase any high-end graphics card to render 4K videos. For playing high-end videos and games you need to use graphic cards.

Graphic card is necessary for playing high-end games on 4K resolutions. As while playing games, your computer needs to render hell lots of information in a fraction of seconds and at that time, you need to use high-end graphics cards so that you can enjoy your gameplay without getting any single frame drop.

You can use any NVIDIA or GTX Graphic Cards because they are very efficient and budget-friendly.

GTX 1080 is currently one of the best graphic cards to date and there are very fewer monitors that support it. You can check out the top monitor for GTX 1080 that you can purchase.

Graphics card is one of the most necessary pc requirements for streaming HD and 4K video.

Processors and RAMs

Although most of the people think that processor and rams are the most important thing that you need to consider and there are lots of people who purchase any laptop or new CPU while only considering the processor and ram.

But, truth is, Processors and RAMs aren’t quite the most important part of running the 4K videos and games. Hence, to run 4K videos and games, you didn’t need to purchase the high-end CPU.

There are lots of fourth generations chips are available in the market that support 4K rendering with the help of high-end graphic cards. You can choose any Core i5 processor or AMD processor.

Purchasing the Right Monitor

The thing that you need to consider most to run 4K videos is your monitor.

No matter which high-end graphic card you are using. Irrespective of your computer’s specifications, the most important thing is which monitor you choose to purchase?

If you have some low budget and you are looking for monitors under 100$ for gaming or for consuming videos content more, then make sure that you will use WQHD monitors or at least full HD monitors to enhance your experience.

Size also plays one of the important role factors. If your screen is too small, then those extra pixels won’t help you more.

But, if you want to purchase monitors for gaming purposes, or for any professional work, Such as vertical monitors for coding, etc, then you need to choose a minimum 27 inches monitor to increase your efficiency.

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Now, if you have a 4K monitor with a high-end graphics card then you can drive high pixel videos content easily on it. Also, you need to choose the right HDMI cable to run these high-end videos because your graphic card will send lots of video content within a fraction of seconds.

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Thomas Redd

Thomas Redd serves as the Computing Editor at Nice, Inc., where he manages all content related to laptops, monitors, tablets, and other computer peripherals. A native Oklahoman, Thomas joined Nice, Inc. in 2018, excited to work for a media company based in his hometown.