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So, a monitor that is 1080p LED 120Hz 3D 27" with glasses OR 40" HDTV 1080p LED 120hz 3D with glasses. The question is not what is better. Question is, with my GTX 680 and 3D Bluray burner, will I be able to play games and movies on my PC with the HDTV without buying anything else? Would it look as good as a monitor?
 
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I suggest getting monitor if you're only using it with PC.

Using TV as a PC monitor you're going need some distance or it will start to look pixelated. Also you need to make sure that the native resolution for that TV is 1920x1080 (some 1080p televisions native resolution is 1366 x 768) or it won't look as good as the monitor. Otherwise TV can accomplish same as the monitor.
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i prefer a computer monitor when using a computer. But I think it comes down to preference. 120hz tv is not the same as 120hz monitor.

120hz or 240hz on a tv is due to frame interpolation. The basic gist of it is for example on a normal tv, the refresh rate is 60hz. So the tv takes 2 frames and kinda merges it to make a new frame thats a mix of the previous two. So its 120hz but really its only 60hz of actual frames.

120hz on a monitor is actually 120hz. So its 120 frames per second. People claim it helps tremendously for fps and other games.

But to answer your other question. You should be set, get a hdmi cable and you should be ready to roll.
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I suggest getting monitor if you're only using it with PC.
Using TV as a PC monitor you're going need some distance or it will start to look pixelated. Also you need to make sure that the native resolution for that TV is 1920x1080 (some 1080p televisions native resolution is 1366 x 768) or it won't look as good as the monitor. Otherwise TV can accomplish same as the monitor.

At 40", the pixel density is still very close. Trust me, I use a 40" TV, unless your nose is touching the screen, it looks perfectly fine.

Also, what 1080p TV has native resolution of 1366x768? None. Any TV that is 1366x768 would be a "720p/1080i" set which scales 1080i. Interlaced and Progressive scan are not the same thing.
 
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At 40", the pixel density is still very close. Trust me, I use a 40" TV, unless your nose is touching the screen, it looks perfectly fine.
Also, what 1080p TV has native resolution of 1366x768? None. Any TV that is 1366x768 would be a "720p/1080i" set which scales 1080i. Interlaced and Progressive scan are not the same thing.

Thank you for correcting me! Looks like I still have some learning to do with televisions smile.gif
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Thank you for correcting me! Looks like I still have some learning to do with televisions smile.gif

Surprisingly, A LOT of people make that mistake.
 
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Thanks guys for the help.wink.gif
 
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I would go bigger. Because the res is the same the smaller will technically look better. I use my 46" 1080p as my monitor as well.
Depending on if I really want to watch something while I'm surfing the web I'll "split-screen" it. So I can browse and watch stuff. If you were getting a monitor with a greater res. and could be used as such for gaming I might consider that. But, what are movies/ HT cap. with a small screen!
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TVs have too much lag imo. Monitor is superior.

I even use my Xbox on a monitor, and it's a much better experience than playing on a TV.
Edited by Stefy - 11/27/12 at 6:56pm
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