If you are a movie fanatic, then you already know that there is nothing more thrilling than watching your favorite movies in 3D. The best thing is, you can enjoy the experience of 3D right on your computer.
All major graphic card manufacturers have 3D on the top of their list of agendas. However, adopting 3D has proven to be an uphill task for most people bearing in mind that it costs quite a tidy sum to get a 3D television; and when you can afford it, you are still limited on what you can watch. For this reason, the computer remains the only place one can go to get 3D titles as it offers you the best value for money and you get to enjoy a large variety of 3D videos online.
Hardware upgrade to view 3D on your computer
To be able to watch 3D movies on your computer, there are a few hardware upgrades that you will have to do. You need to buy a new desktop that supports 3D, special glasses and a graphic card as well.
Please note that no software can make your normal monitor view 3D. I have come across forums where people say that only a few software upgrades will allow you to view 3D videos from your PC. This is not true at all.
You need to remember that when you want to view 3D on your desktop computer, you are basically asking the computer to render twice in everything; this is quite a demanding task by any means. Below is the minimum requirement to make your computer support 3D:
- Microsoft® Windows® Vista 32/64-bit or Windows 7 32/64-bit
- Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Athlon™ X2 CPU or higher
- 1GB of system memory (2GB is recommended)
- 100 MB free disk space (for driver installation)
However, if you are in serious need of looks and performance, then you will want to get yourself something that has an i7 processor with a 8GB RAM.
Common vendor list and prices
I have compiled below a list of common vendors that sells monitors, graphic cards and glasses that support 3D with their corresponding price.
3D monitors : ViewSonic, Acer and Samsung seems to be among the big players in the 3D monitor market right now.
|Brand Name||3D monitor models||Approx. price|
3D Graphic cards : Although there are more models that supports 3D viewing with the brands below, I have added just a few of them just for you to get an idea of the different prices on the market.
|Brands||3D Graphic cards Model||Approx. Price|
|Nvidia||GeForce GTX 690||$1350|
|GeForce GTX 680||$550|
|GeForce GTX 670||$400|
|AMD||AMD Radeon HD 7750||$109|
|AMD Radeon HD 7970||$500|
|AMD Radeon HD 6450 Graphics||$60|
3D Glasses : While 3D glasses is the cheapest accessories among all to be able to watch 3D videos, you might save a few bucks by making your own homemade 3D glass.
|Nvidia||3D VISION 2 WIRELESS GLASSES KIT||$150|
|3D VISION WIRELESS GLASSES KIT||$100|
|3D VISION WIRELESS EXTRA GLASSES||$120|
|Samsung||3D Active Glasses SSG-3500CR||$79|
|3D Active Glasses (SSG-4100GB)||$20|
Based on the pricing tables above, you can get a full 3D-enabled computer at roughly $1000, which is far cheaper than buying a 3D television.