• Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

When do you plan on buying a 4K monitor?

When do you plan on buying a 4K monitor?

  • Already got one

    Votes: 689 3.0%
  • This year

    Votes: 775 3.4%
  • Next year

    Votes: 1,336 5.9%
  • Not before they are under $400

    Votes: 7,749 33.9%
  • I'm waiting for GPUs to catch up

    Votes: 7,612 33.3%
  • I haven't thought about it yet

    Votes: 4,667 20.4%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .
Oct 27, 2009
571 (0.17/day)
Republic of Texas
System Name [H]arbringer
Processor 4x 61XX ES @3.5Ghz (48cores)
Motherboard SM GL
Cooling 3x xspc rx360, rx240, 4x DT G34 snipers, D5 pump.
Memory 16x gskill DDR3 1600 cas6 2gb
Video Card(s) blah bigadv folder no gfx needed
Storage 32GB Sammy SSD
Display(s) headless
Case Xigmatek Elysium (whats left of it)
Audio Device(s) yawn
Power Supply Antec 1200w HCP
Software Ubuntu 10.10
Benchmark Scores http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1780855 http://www.hwbot.org/submission/2158678 http://ww
When I can get an IPS 4k for <$700 ... or the same price I got my ZR30W for...
There is no way I will go to a TN 4k monitor from this 1600p wonder.
May 22, 2010
50 (0.02/day)
Los Angeles, CA
System Name Akuma, Iluminati
Processor 2 x Intel i7 4930K @ 4.6GHz
Motherboard 2 x Asus Rampage IV Gene
Cooling 2 x Corsair H110 Push-Pull
Memory 2 x Mushkin Ridgeback Redline 16GB @ DDR3-2400
Video Card(s) 2 x EVGA GTX 670 FTW SLI, EVGA GTX 650 Ti Boost
Storage 2 x Intel 320 120GB RAID0, 2 x Intel 520 180GB RAID0, TOO MANY MORE TO LIST!
Display(s) Asus PB298Q, 2 x Asus VH236H
Case Custom Tech Bench, Antec 300 Illusion
Audio Device(s) 2 x Onboard Soundblaster X-Fi III
Power Supply Corsair HX1000, Rosewill 1000w
Software Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Yeah I just bought a Asus PB298Q monitor and I love it. I was trying to decide between this monitor or the Asus PB278Q but I felt I would like the wider 21:9 aspect ratio better for my gaming computer. I already have 2 Asus VH236H monitor for my other computer. Plus I just got a Samsung UN40F6300 that I use for movies and Netflix.

Jul 19, 2006
42,811 (9.44/day)
Processor i7 8700K
Motherboard Asus Maximus Hero X WiFi
Cooling Water
Memory 16GB G.Skill 3200Mhz CL14
Video Card(s) GTX 1080
Storage SSD's
Display(s) Nixeus EDG27
Case Thermaltake Core X5
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster Zx
Power Supply Corsair H1000i
Mouse Zowie EC1-B
I have no plans to buy a 4k monitor.
Oct 21, 2005
4,661 (0.97/day)
System Name Small ATX Desktop
Processor Intel i5 8600K @ 4.6 GHz Core & 4.3 GHz Cache @ 1.168V
Motherboard Asrock Z370 Taichi
Cooling Phanteks PH-TC14PE, Fans: 2xThermalright TY143 / 2xCorsair SP-120L / 1xYate Loon D14BH-12
Memory G-Skill TridentZ 2X8GB DDR4 3200 CL14 F4-3200C14D-16GTZ @ 3200 14-14-14-34 2T @ 1.35V
Video Card(s) Zotac 1060 6GB Mini ZT-P10600A-10L
Storage Seagate 600 240GB SSD + 2xWD Caviar Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Data
Display(s) 2x Asus PB258Q 2560x1440 25" IPS
Case Lian Li PC A05NB (Inverted Mobo)
Audio Device(s) Audiotechnica ATH M50X, Antlion Mod Mic 4, SYBA SD-CM-UAUD, Acoustic Research 2Ch Speakers
Power Supply Seasonic SS-660XP2 660 Watt Platinum
Mouse Zowie EC2A Mouse, Corsair MM600 hard pad, on top of a Inateck 900x300 XL pad, Tiger Gaming Skates.
Keyboard Filco Majestouch II Ninja TKL, Goldtouch GTC 0033 Ten Key, PS3 Controller
Software Win7 Pro 64 (Installed on Coffee Lake using AsRock's handy PS/2 Simulator in Bios)
Once the videocard to drive it is $300 and the monitor is $300. I never buy more than $250-350 of videocard. My two Asus 23.6" 5ms 1080P monitors are from 2009 and cost only $150 each. A modern 24" monitor is $150. WTF? Yeah maybe new backlight technology or thinner bezel or some other crap I don't care about.
Sep 25, 2010
536 (0.18/day)
System Name Shin-Lazarus
Processor Intel Core i7 4790K
Motherboard Asrock Z97 Extreme6
Cooling De-lid+Tt Water 3.0 Extreme S
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro 2400MHz
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX780 DC II OC
Storage OS=Micron C400 256GB + 4x HDD's
Display(s) ASUS VG248QE
Case Corsair Obsidian 750D
Audio Device(s) HX Cloud Stinger-onboard-Logitech Z623
Power Supply FSP AURUM PT 850W
Mouse Logitech G600
Keyboard Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum
Software WIn 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores All over the bench
Have not thought about that.........
Maybe until they become 120Hz+ and become cheaper:rolleyes: with GPU's that can keep up of course
Nov 26, 2004
5,083 (0.99/day)
Canuck in Norway
System Name Hellbox 3.0(same case new guts)
Processor i7 4790K 4.6
Motherboard Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1
Cooling TT Kandalf L.C.S.(Water/Air)AC Cuplex Kryos CPU Block/Noctua
Memory 2x8GB Corsair Vengance Pro 2400
Video Card(s) Sapphire Nitro+ Vega 64
Storage WD Caviar Black SATA 3 1TB x2 RAID 0 2xSamsung 850 Evo 500GB RAID 0 1TB WD Blue
Display(s) Samsung CGH70 27” 1440 144hz Freesync 2 HDR
Case TT Kandalf L.C.S.
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster ZX/Logitech Z906 5.1
Power Supply Seasonic X-1050W 80+ Gold
Mouse G502 Proteus Spectrum
Keyboard G19s
Software Win 10 Pro x64
I am still pining after a nice 27" 1440P@120. 4K isn't even on my radar.
Jun 8, 2013
61 (0.03/day)
System Name I read I watch I listen but I don't game (2013 Sep build)
Processor Intel Core i7 4770K
Motherboard Asrock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer
Cooling Cooler Master Hyper 212X
Memory Transcend DDR3-1600 16GB
Video Card(s) Inno3D GTX 660
Storage Transcend TS128GSSD340, Western Digital WD3000FYYZ, Hitachi HDS722020ALA330, Seagate ST2000DM001
Display(s) Eizo EV2455 24.1" 1920x1200
Case Cooler Master CM 690 III
Audio Device(s) Arcam irDAC + Harmon Kardon HK980 + Q Acoustics 3020 / Shure SRH1540 / Aurisonics ASG-1.5
Power Supply Corsair AX750
Mouse Roccat Kone Pure Optical / CM Storm Xornet II
Keyboard Varmilo VA87MR
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
We need the "when they are IPS (not TN)" and "when they are less than <24" " options.
Jan 20, 2014
299 (0.17/day)
System Name gamingPZ
Processor i7-6700k
Motherboard Asrock Z170M Pro4S
Cooling scythe mugen4
Memory 32GB ddr4 2400mhz crucial ballistix sport lt
Video Card(s) gigabyte GTX 1070 ti
Storage ssd - crucial MX500 1TB
Case silverstone sugo sg10
Power Supply Evga G2 650w
Software win10
"I will buy 4k system when there will be out 120hz monitors and mid range GPUs that can run top games on high settings smoothly... complete system for under 1000 $"... oh, wait :D. but if seriously - I will buy 4k screen (60hz) when there will be more movies out in 4k. I hope that it will be soon and I do not mind spend 800$ for screen if only I will have content to watch on that. obviously no movies, in mainstream amounts, will ever come out on 1440p or 1600p - so I will skip those no matter how cheep they get. as far as gaming goes - these last few GPUs generation gave us no price/preformance increas at all (prevous generation changes offered kick ass preformance increase over predecessor for same price aspredecessor) - so - no, I will not pay 500$+ for GPU that barely (without any future potential) can run top games on top resolutin (4k).
Jan 11, 2013
832 (0.38/day)
System Name Primary/Secondary/HTPC/Server
Processor i5-4590/i3-3220/A4-5300 APU/Pentium G3258
Motherboard MSI Z97S Krait/Biostar TH67+/ASRock FM2A75Pro4-M/MSI Z87M-G43
Cooling Noctua NH-U12S/Stock Intel/Stock AMD/Stock Intel
Memory 16GB DDR3/8GB DDR3/8GB DDR3/10GB DDR3
Video Card(s) GeForce GTX760 2GB/Radeon HD5870 1GB/Radeon HD7480D/Intel
Storage 480GB SSD+ 3TB HDD/240GB SSD/60GB SSD/2x 2TB HDD Intel RAID1
Display(s) 3x Samsung 23" 1080P/Acer 24" 1080P/LG TV 32" 720P
Case Fractal Design/Corsair (it was free)/Silverstone ML03/Antec VSK3000
Audio Device(s) Onboard
Power Supply XFX 750W/Cougar 550W/Antec 380W/In Win 350W
Mouse it moves the pointer, clicks, and scrolls
Keyboard CM Storm MX Blue/Logitech/Logitech
Software Win7 Pro/Win7 Pro/Win10 Pro/Win7 Pro
Benchmark Scores Buy American - Choose Chevrolet/GMC Trucks!
I said "next year" because then I may be able to afford 3-6. I couldn't work on a single monitor productively and I don't like dual monitors because there is no middle/main monitor.
Wouldn't use it for a lot of gaming. But maybe 30" 4K? Graet for web design and coding :)


New Member
Jan 15, 2014
2 (0.00/day)
Clearly we need GPUs to catch up to hit 144+ hz (when they eventually make 144hz 4k displays...) but I'm willing to buy a 4k display for regular non-gaming use (e.g. video, photo, browsing, work, email). Finer resolution is always better as long as OSes like Windows implement scaling properly....
May 18, 2005
47 (0.01/day)
Got mine today, paid in the mid-$600 range for a brand new Dell UP2414Q and LOVE it. Amazing build quality, amazing display quality, amazing EVERYTHING. Win8.1 scaling works 100% perfectly for me on everything I've tried (with some programs requiring small tweaks for font size) but photoshop and that's not too small to use efficiently anyway with around an 18" eye-to-screen distance for me (definitely small though). Desktop usage is perfect and beyond-magazine-like in quality for text and images, while gaming is just blissful with everything looking like a cg painting rather than a game display. My GTX 780 is a little slower than I'd like, but only by a little, thinking of upgrading to a 780 Ti which hopefully will bridge that gap.

FXAA is plenty in every game to literally eliminate aliasing even if I'm looking specifically for it close-up on moving edges. Overall setup process was very smooth to get displayport 1.2 @ 4k 60hz even though this monitor uses MST, and I am just blown away by the difference this resolution makes. It's far beyond the switch I had gone through from 1680x1050 to 2560x1600/1440 many years ago in terms of the upgrade and overall impression of it. It really has to be seen to be believed.

I was very timid on trying it because of the negative press back when this thing launched but whatever the issues were then, simply aren't there at this point, as far as mst with drivers, dpi scaling, etc. in Win 8.1. 100% beyond worth it and way past my admittedly high expectations in terms of quality on every level.
Jan 17, 2010
10,787 (3.31/day)
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro,
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) Focusrite Scarlett // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Cooler Master CK550 RBG
Software Windows 10 Pro 64bit // Windows 10 Pro 64bit with Kodi
I would rather have this then 4G anyday. 4G is just to much for GPUs

Last edited:
May 18, 2005
47 (0.01/day)
I would rather have this then 4G anyday. 4G is just to much for GPUs

Meh, super high distorting on sides aspect ratio for much lower rez and low support gamewise. Rather have my 4k panel... and yeah I voted with my wallet :D.
Nov 1, 2011
282 (0.11/day)
System Name 3D Vision & Sound Blaster
Processor Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.4GHz (stock voltage, 60C on hottest core)
Motherboard Gigabyte P67A-D3-B3
Cooling Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Special Edition (with 3x 140mm Black Thermalright fans)
Memory Crucial 16GB (2x8GB 1600MHz CL8)
Video Card(s) Nvidia GTX TITAN X 12288MB Maxwell @1350MHz (from 4890>5870>460>660>680>460)
Storage Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SSD (Steam) + 840 250GB SSD (Origin) + 840 EVO 1TB (work install)
Display(s) Samsung 34" S34E790C (3440x1440) + BenQ XL2420T 120Hz @ 1080p + 24" PHILIPS Touchscreen IPS
Case Fractal Design Define R4 Windowed with 6x 140mm Corsair AFs
Audio Device(s) Creative SoundBlaster Recon3D Fatal1ty + Z506 5.1 speakers/Logitech UE9000
Power Supply Corsair RM750i 750W 80PLUS Gold
Mouse Logitech G700
Keyboard Logitech PS/2 keyboard
Software Windows 7 Pro 64bit (not sidegrading to Windoze 10 until I have to...)
Benchmark Scores 2fast4u,bro...
Probably never due to two things:
  • consoles are way too slow and PC GPUs are also at least 5 years from getting what I consider a perfect experience at 4k -- meaning most developers won't care about people who invest in a 4k PC monitor and games in this res will look like jaggy and washed out crap thanks to upscaled or overstretched textures
  • Blu-rays will need replacing with 4K versions = huge waste of money and will not happen for a long time (for me at least 5-10 years)
Saying that, I have plans on getting two monitors soon though; 1x 1080p IPS touchscreen and 1x 21:9 monitor, like the 34UM95 -- both will be for video/audio editing, making it that much easier to work. As for gaming, my 120Hz 1080p monitor will hold me over until at least the next console generation (since neither the Xbone nor the PS4 can natively run anything above 1080p).
Oct 29, 2013
69 (0.04/day)
System Name Double Overseer
Processor i7 3820 / FX-8350
Motherboard Asus P9X79 / MSI 990FXA-GD65
Cooling Air
Memory Kingston 16 GB RAM 1600 / Corsair 8 GB RAM 1866 (2000)
Video Card(s) PCS+ 7950 Crossfire / Club3d 7950 13 Series / Hauppauge 5500
Storage 240 Kingston HyperX 3K / Crucial MX100 256 GB / 1+3 TB Seagate
Display(s) S240HL Acer / S242HL Acer x2
Case 2x Thermaltake Overseer
Audio Device(s) Onkyo TX-SR309 / 5.1 Canton
Power Supply Fractal Design Newton R3 800 / Seasonic SS-660KM Active
Mouse 5 Euro one
Keyboard Logitech K120
Software Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 10 64-Bit
Benchmark Scores Firestrike 10400 3DMark11 13400 / triple crossfire Firestrike 12500 3DMark11 15600
Can't wait until Mantle 3.0 is out so I can move on with a 4k. I rather have 80 frames on a 1080p than 30 frames at an expensive monster.
Sep 4, 2009
967 (0.29/day)
System Name Grond
Processor Ryen 5 1600 @ 4.0ghz
Motherboard Asus Prime x370 Pro
Cooling XSPC Raystorm CPU + 2 RX360 radiator + xspc Razor R9-290 w/ backplate
Memory 16gb Corsair LPX DDR4@2999
Video Card(s) XFX R9 290 w/ XSPC Razor full cover block and backplate
Storage Hyper-X 120gb-OS, WD Caviar black 2TB-Steam, Plextor M5S 256gb - MMOs+RTS games
Display(s) Samsung 23" 120hz 3d LCD w/ 3d glasses, using 'lightboost' trick
Case NZXT H630 white watercooling case
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster ZX + Sennheiser HD 598
Power Supply XFX Pro 850 XXX semi-modular
Software Windows 10 Pro (Had some mystery error on Win7 and decided to go W10)
When they release the inexpensive Korean PLS or IPS 4K monitors I'll think about it.
Aug 19, 2011
513 (0.19/day)
System Name NZXT 980 Z
Processor 3570K
Motherboard AsRock Z77 O/C Formula
Cooling Custom Liquid
Memory 2133MHz Mushkin Blackline 64g
Video Card(s) 2 X Asus GTX 670 full cover EK blocks
Storage 240 mushkin 2x120 samsungs
Display(s) Asus "24 144Hz
Case Switch 810
Audio Device(s) creative
Power Supply Seasonic platinum
Software w7 steam futuremark
where is the "Im not, 4k will fail" option

21:9 will beat it out in the end
Jan 17, 2010
10,787 (3.31/day)
System Name Delta // Alpha-HTPC
Processor Intel i7 6700K // Intel i5 4570
Motherboard GIGABYTE Z270X-Gaming K7 // Gigabyte H97M -D3H
Cooling Corsair H80i V2 // Silverstone NT-06 Pro
Memory Corsair DDR4 3000 32gb //G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 1600
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX980ti// EVGA GTX 1050ti
Storage Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 512, 2 Tb FireCuda// Samsung 850 Pro,
Display(s) ASUS PB278Q 27" 1440X 2560 // 50" Samsung Plasma 720p
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 550D // Silverstone Granada GD05
Audio Device(s) Focusrite Scarlett // HDMI to Yamaha RX V571
Power Supply Corsair TX850M // SeaSonic G Series 550w
Mouse Logitech G502
Keyboard Cooler Master CK550 RBG
Software Windows 10 Pro 64bit // Windows 10 Pro 64bit with Kodi
Don't get me wrong. 4K has its place. I'm just not sure its 20 in in front of my face. Pixel destiny is massive. Now on a 80" screen at 10 ft now that would be nice.
Mar 24, 2010
4,788 (1.50/day)
Visca la Terra Lliure!
System Name Oh the name!
Processor i7 7700K
Motherboard MSI Z270 Xpower
Cooling EK 360 Extreme
Memory 16Gb G.Skill TridentZ 3866
Video Card(s) nVidia 1080 Ti Flanders Edition
Storage 1 Intel PCIE SSD750, 2 Sam 840Evo 1TB SSD, WD Black 2TB, Toshiba 3TB
Display(s) Acer Predator X1 (32")
Case Rajintek Paean
Audio Device(s) onboard
Power Supply Corsair AX860
Mouse Mad Catz Pro X
Keyboard Corsair K70
Software W10Pro
4K: submit yourself to the next milking experience!
Jun 7, 2014
3 (0.00/day)
I have a 4K monitor ( specifically the Samsung one ) all i have to say is i bought it because i have the system to run it ( 3 R9 290x ) and even then crysis 3 doesnt always give 60FPS, in fact it hardly does D:

Stuff such as BF4 and other games though run like butter getting up to and around 100FPS still running maxed.
Dec 16, 2012
2,550 (1.16/day)
Jyväskylä, Finland
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE @ 3.8/2.42GHz
Motherboard Asus M3N78 SE
Cooling Watercooled
Memory 4GB DDR2-800 5-5-5-12
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 780 @ 1202/1750
Storage 256GB SSD + 500GB HDD + 2TB HDD
Display(s) 3x 1920x1080
Case Corsair Carbide Air 740
Audio Device(s) Sound Blaster Z
Power Supply Super Flower Golden Green 500W
Mouse Logitech G400s
Keyboard Logitech G410
Software Windows 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores TS: 5128, FS: 14018
I'm getting mine when the prices are the same as today's 1920x1080 monitors. :) No hurry to get one.

edit: And 4k would be a total waste since my HD5870CF with 1GB memory doesn't have enough horsepower for that resolution..
Last edited:
Sep 15, 2013
9 (0.00/day)
Processor i5-4670k @ 4.2 GHz
Motherboard ASUS Z87 Pro
Cooling Corsair H105
Memory G.SKILL RipjawsX 16GB @ 2133 MHz
Video Card(s) Gigabyte GTX 780 GHz Edition
Storage Samsung 840 Evo 500GB
Case Thermaltake MK-1
Power Supply Seasonic X 750w
Mouse Razer DeathAdder
Until there will be a single core GPU that run most demanding game at that time on 4K monitor with 60fps


New Member
May 7, 2014
7 (0.00/day)
Waiting for them to go under $500, GPUs have caught up and Windows have better UI scaling before i make my move.