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Best 3D Computer Components and Laptops

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Jul 19 2011 - As 3D gaming continues to advance, you might wonder what PC components and systems are top notch before taking the plunge into purchasing new gear. Below is a list of the best 3D gaming equipment, including monitors, video cards, laptops and more. You'll find budget friendly and high performance components that are great for gaming on the PC in 3D.

1. Best 27 Inch 3D Monitor - Acer HN274H

Acer HN274H 27 Inch 3D Monitor
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The Acer HN274H is a large 27 inch display with an abundance of features and full HD 1920x1080 resolution. Supporting HDMI 3D, you can ensure your 3D movies and games look great. The monitor also doesn't have the ghosting issues found in past 3D monitors. Although the Acer HN274H is expensive at $699 MSRP, it does offer features more like a 3D HDTV rather than your usual desktop monitor. For 3D gaming, it's a top buy. However, if you're looking to solely game in 2D, an IPS display offers better viewing angles.

2. Best 23.6 Inch 3D Monitor - Acer HS244HQ

Acer HS244HQ 23.6 Inch 3D Monitor
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For those who aren't looking to spend $700 on a monitor, the Acer HS244HQ is a great compromise. At 23.6 inches, the HS244HQ is smaller than its sister model, the 27 inch Acer HN274H. However, the Acer HS244HQ doesn't sacrifice features and performance. It offers 1920x1080 full HD resolution for crisp images. The monitor supports 16.7 million colors and has a 12000000:1 dynamic contract ratio. One neat feature is the fact that the Acer HS244HQ has built-in speakers.

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3. Best 3D Desktop Video Card - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card
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Although the GeForce GTX 590 is NVIDIA's top of the line graphics card, it faces short supply. That is why the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 tops the list as the best 3D desktop graphics card. Available in 1.5GB and 3GB GDDR5 models, the GTX 580 is a great compliment to a 3D desktop PC when paired with the NVIDIA 3D Vision Kit. You can run games with maxed out settings and still enjoy high frame rates.

4. Best 3D Gaming Laptop - Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78

Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 3D Gaming Laptop
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The Toshiba Qosmio X775-3DV78 is a 17.3 inch gaming laptop that offers 3D capability with the large screen size of a desktop replacement. The display features full 1080p resolution and a fast quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM processor. The Qosmio X775-3DV78 also has a high performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 1.5GB GDDR5 video card and a hybrid hard drive for improved load times.

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5. Best Budget Friendly 3D Laptop - Dell XPS 17 3D

Dell XPS 17 3D Gaming Laptop
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For those seeking a more affordable 3D gaming laptop, the Dell XPS 17 3D starts at around $1,100. For this price, you get a system decked out with a dual-core Intel Core i5-2410M processor and 4GB of memory. The screen is the claim to fame with full HD resolution and, of course, 3D capability. Although the video card is an economical NVIDIA GT 550M 1GB model with only 96 CUDA cores, the aggressive price tag makes it a good option for the budget-conscious gamer.

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