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Why do people buy monitors now days when HDTV's usually have 3 or more HDMI ports and can still be used for the PC?
What's the big draw to purchase a monitor over an HDTV?

I'm looking to buy a new display. If you have any tips or can just answer then main question above it would be appreciated very much.
-Budget $500 if possible.
-Minimum Resolution 1920x1080p preferred 2560
-I want 3D

Use.

90% of the time I will be playing whatever the "next MMORPG" is .. examples: FFXIV, RIFT, WOW, EQ2 etc.
I like to play with settings on High or better. I'm looking to move into 3D gaming.

Other uses would be streaming video like netflix or online tv shows. I'd like to eventually go with 3D bluerays etc.

One final question - why do people say I need to get 120 fps to use a 120hz monitor and is 120 fps or 60 fps (either of these needed for 3D)?
---> Usually I'm around 35fps in an mmorpg on the settings i often play at.
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Simple, you can get a 1600p monitor for under $500. Or a a good Eyefinity or triple monitor setup. For some reason a lot of tv's just feel to primitive too a average monitor user. When you are getting 120fps on a 60hz monitor, the monitor can't keep up with the computer so the screen may have a tearing affect when in gameplay. If you turn on V-Sync it locks the fps at 60. If you have a 120hz monitor you don't need to worry about that plus you get to enjoy less mouse lag at the hefty 120fps. biggrin.gif You can get a 3D monitor that looks way better than a tv if you are using it on a pc. The point is, a monitor is more solid and more quick to react. Odds are, you are planning on buying a $250 tv vs a $250 monitor. The monitor will look WAY better. thumb.gif
Edited by Grath - 11/24/11 at 6:32pm
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2 words: input lag.

I use a TV as a monitor but mine is an IPS panel that was renowned for its low input lag for a TV as well, so it was very suited for PC monitor duty. Still there are some issues (fuzzy reds), but they generally don't make TVs like they used to nowadays and the input lag tends to be prohibitive.
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2 words: input lag.

^This
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2 words: input lag.

I use a TV as a monitor but mine is an IPS panel that was renowned for its low input lag for a TV as well, so it was very suited for PC monitor duty. Still there are some issues (fuzzy reds), but they generally don't make TVs like they used to nowadays and the input lag tends to be prohibitive.

Yep also what he said. You will need a pretty high end tv to make up for the input lag. I have a smaller tv I have tried using with my computer and I just could not stand the mouse lag when ever I move it. Input lag is the worst.
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I use a 40 in TV. I've not noticed this input lag. Mine is a cheap Dynex @ 1080p via HDMI. Howwill I notice input lag?
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I use a 40 in TV. I've not noticed this input lag. Mine is a cheap Dynex @ 1080p via HDMI. Howwill I notice input lag?

I do not notice the slightest bit of input lag on my LCD TV, but I could be wrong.
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Originally Posted by Thermaltake View Post

Simple, you can get a 1600p monitor for under $500.

where can you get a 2560x1600 monitor for under $500? Just curious.
Edited by EsotericSYN - 11/24/11 at 6:45pm
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You can get way more with a monitor(s). Great Dell IPS monitors that definitely beat TVs. Monitors are more optimized for PCs and gaming, hence 5ms - 2ms response times. Some TVs will get a burn in anyways. I use my 37" LCD right now for 1080p but I want a monitor at my desk.
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I am sort of the other way around. I don't watch many movies and I never watch TV (except Hockey) so I don't bother getting a TV. Besides, I really prefer having over 10,000PPI.
    
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You can get way more with a monitor(s). Great Dell IPS monitors that definitely beat TVs. Monitors are more optimized for PCs and gaming, hence 5ms - 2ms response times. Some TVs will get a burn in anyways. I use my 37" LCD right now for 1080p but I want a monitor at my desk.

Pretty much this. In general you will get more price-price because a monitor is generally designed for use on a computer. A TV that can do everything will generally cost more. Of course theres deals and steals but in generality, that's just the way it is.
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