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So I want a 40" screen. apparently "monitors" don't come this big so i'll have to get a TV I guess. I spied this...

http://www.hhgregg.com/samsung-40-1080p-120hz-led-hdtv/item/UN40D6000

I've been using a 32" sharp aquos 1080p for several years now and it has served me well. However, when I purchased it it was advertised to be very computer friendly. It has a DVI jack that I've been using the whole while.

Where part of my concern comes in is at one point I tried to hook my PC up to my samsung plasma 42" 720p and it looked awful. Text was hard to read and the image was very crappy and misaligned. I should mention that when I tried the plasma I connected it via HDMI.

It's hard to find a TV with DVI inputs so I'll no doubt have to use HDMI for input.

Do certain TV's just work better with PC's than others? I would hate to spend all that money on a new screen and have it not play well with my PC.

Does anyone have experience with the TV I linked and using it with PC?
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Honestly 1080p is far too small of a resolution for a screen that large to try and use as a normal monitor. When you go to a 30" monitor they go to 2560 x 1600 which is why they are still able to look good (it maintains a good pixel per inch) - the largest 1080 I would recommend for computers would be a 27" - even then you're at the limits of things looking all that great.
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Honestly 1080p is far too small of a resolution for a screen that large to try and use as a normal monitor. When you go to a 30" monitor they go to 2560 x 1600 which is why they are still able to look good (it maintains a good pixel per inch) - the largest 1080 I would recommend for computers would be a 27" - even then you're at the limits of things looking all that great.

This
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I currently use a 32" 1080p tv and I think it looks great. From my limited experience with using TV's as a monitor I'm inclined to think my current 32" just plays well with my PC. I just don't know if the samsung I'm looking at would work as well as my current set up. Obviously my pixel per inch would decrease but would it be a drastic step backwards in terms of image quality from what I'm currently using?
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My buddy plays on a 55" 120hz LED 1080p. It's gorgeous with skyrim and LoL.

This is a great tv on a budget LG 42LV4400 42-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED-LCD HDTV.

You can get it from amazon used for 400 or brand new for 500. My buddy just bought this tv and it looks great! HE bought it used so it had one scratch mark on the back of the TV.


Samsung makes great TVs. Im still using my 50' 720p plasma and it's amazing. Games look better on it that any LCDs/LEDs ive seen.
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It's smart that you're looking for a DVI connection since most TV monitors come with a VGA connection which isn't enough to support 120hz.

I'm currently using an LG 60hz 47" TV that I got for sale for 400 incl tax. My TV had a setting for computers which basically fixes the crappy-looking text. When you connect via HDMI you will have overscan because the TV thinks it's an input device such as a BD-player, or something where overscan is needed to make the picture seem "borderless" (for a lack of a better term). Basically, what I found is that with the regular setting, there's this ugly white hazing behind text (which is the sharpness level set too high), colours look off, etc.. What I did was i pulled up my 24" monitor and I tried to reproduce the settings, colours, text effects, etc. from my old monitor. Since I was using an LG monitor earlier, a lot of the settings were common to me. After about a week's worth of use, you'll get used to it.

And as mentioned before, a higher screen size doesn't equate to more real estate. But for my purposes, I switch between PC/Xbox/other input devices a lot. I used to have a 32" LCD TV as my monitor, and from upgrading to a 47" monitor, I noticed that you can't really sit that much "farther back" and still have a decent viewing experience at 1080p because the text becomes unreadable to a certain point.

I also have a Sony SF470 HTIB hooked up to my TV, so I'm in love with my set up!
    
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Any TV with full 4:4:4 support should be fine for computer usage.

Unfortunately, this is not something that's often stated in specs. Therefore, it's kind of an gamble what you'll get unless it's confirmed to be a 4:4:4 TV. List here. It's not big, but it has some tested models for 4:4:4. It states if they failed, passed the test, and what kind of proof of passing they have.
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Originally Posted by De-Zant View Post

Any TV with full 4:4:4 support should be fine for computer usage.
Unfortunately, this is not something that's often stated in specs. Therefore, it's kind of an gamble what you'll get unless it's confirmed to be a 4:4:4 TV. List here. It's not big, but it has some tested models for 4:4:4. It states if they failed, passed the test, and what kind of proof of passing they have.

I think this is just the information I was looking for. Thanks!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Honestly 1080p is far too small of a resolution for a screen that large to try and use as a normal monitor. When you go to a 30" monitor they go to 2560 x 1600 which is why they are still able to look good (it maintains a good pixel per inch) - the largest 1080 I would recommend for computers would be a 27" - even then you're at the limits of things looking all that great.

Yep, this.

Unless you are viewing the screen from several feet away perhaps. But up close it will look very bad.
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i'm using a 32" Samsung UN32D5500 and it's fantastic as a monitor (series just below the one you're looking at). one of the upsides of using an hdtv as a monitor is the contrast ratio can be quite a bit higher than most pc monitors which makes for fantastic image quality IMO. hdtv's that use VA panels are particularly good in this area. as you can see from the thread De-Zant linked to the D6000 passes 4:4:4 chroma so colored text will look appropriate. keep in mind the tv will not accept a 120Hz signal, it will use frame interpolation to achieve 120Hz so it does not function the same as a 120Hz pc monitor (see Smykster's thread). also that 120Hz processing will probably introduce input lag if it's used. my D5500 has extremely low input lag for a tv, not sure about the D6000. if you decide to buy it make sure to use the HDMI1/DVI port and relabel the input to PC. 40" is large, i'd have to sit several feet back. also make sure you know what you're getting into. VA panels have slow response time and you'll see more pixel blur than with other panel types.
Edited by Porter_ - 2/27/12 at 2:43pm
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