The next-generation of monitor technology is upon us, quadrupling the number pixels on our screens and placing a heavy burden on our beleaguered video cards. What does it take to put together a 4K-ready gaming PC?

If you've got a gaming PC capable of playing most modern-day games at Ultra settings, there's a good chance it'll be able to handle an Ultra HD monitor. How well it handles an Ultra HD monitor will come down to your graphics hardware.

In all honesty, the only reason to make the jump to Ultra HD right now is if you have a substantial amount of cash to burn and a burning desire to stay on the cutting edge. There's not a lot of video content for it out there yet. Plenty of PC games support the resolution, but many aren't optimized for it.

On the other hand, building a new gaming PC from parts is a really enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. Time to put together ours.

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