How to watch 3D movies on your computer

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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 Name3D monitor modelsApprox. price
SamsungSyncMaster 2233RZ$275

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.

Brands3D Graphic cards ModelApprox. Price
NvidiaGeForce GTX 690$1350
GeForce GTX 680$550
GeForce GTX 670$400
AMDAMD 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.

BrandModelApprox. Price
Samsung3D 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.

5 Comments to How to watch 3D movies on your computer

  1. it’s pretty expensive for me . I think i’ll stuck with my current pc . ^^ But i guess the price for watching 3D movies on a computer screen will drop as time goes by .. let’s wait and see .. 🙂

  2. Interesting .. who would ever though we could watch 3d movies right in front of our pc one day ! let’s just hope the price of the hardware drops significantly in the next few years !

  3. It is very easy to watch 3d movies on PC. You can also watch 2d movies in 3d real time i.e. watching a 3d movie then and there. No conversion required . Just push 3d button. Here are few options to try with excellent results as I am using it already.

    01. Bino player.
    02. Aiseesoft 3d video converter
    03. IQMango 3d player — The best player with awesome results. and
    04. IQMango 3d converter – The best converter with awesome results.

    I am pretty sure you’ll fall in love with them as I have.

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