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I'm putting together a rig for a friend and I'm really not very well versed on monitors. He's looking to spend about $400 on a monitor that will double as a TV. He would be willing to spend up to $700 for the monitor. Any suggestions?
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So would this monitor need a TV tuner, or would he want to put a TV tuner in the PC? If he puts a TV tuner in the PC and gets a nice monitor, he can use his compy like a TiVO. I would get this and this.
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am I correct in saying that a monitor going through a PCI tv tuner needs the computer to be on in order to watch tv?
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Yea, that would be the only draw back of that. Thing is though, the monitors with the TV tuners are much more expensive, and sometimes do not have the same quality as just a regular PC LCD.
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post #5 of 5
The other problem with a TV Tuner in a PC would be the fact that watching TV and using the computer would become more of a challenge... Gamining and watching TV would probably not work too well. You could word process and watch TV at the same time, especially if you have a dual view setup.
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