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Ok, so maybe not "monitor" related necessarily, but hear me out

My buddy just bought a house (yay) and I'm going to be moving in with him for a few months because, hell, why not? The basement is going to become an entertainment area, with a bar, a second kitchen, and some couches surrounding either a projection screen or tv. Since all of us moving in are college kids the budget is relatively low, about $300-400 give or take. The basement is walk out where the screen will be, but there are only a few windows that we can put blinds on to keep it relatively dark.

Here's my issue. I don't know if buying an older bigscreen would be a better idea then getting a projector. The projector has a limited lifespan before a new lamp is needed, which cost quite a bit. I've been finding some decent deals on Craigslist for both the tv and the projectors, so I know they are both feasible financially. I think if we went tv it would be around 55", and the projector would be probably 720p. We'd probably initially project onto a wall painted with the screen stuff, and eventually get a nice screen. I also would love to plug in my pc and try gaming on the screen, as well as use it to play movies, etc(one of the reasons why I don't want a tv). I'm worried however, that the room will still be too bright for the projection to show up, especially if some light leaks through if the blinds are open. And the biggest thing is that we wont be able to watch tv on it really because the bulb would probably burn out so fast. Maybe just for sporting events, and the rest for just movies. I could then put a small 25" tv out for regular tv, but who wants that with a projector sitting above you... As well, will a projector that can only run 800x600 look as good as/better then a big screen(talking projection tv, not lcd) for DVD's? I've only seen a few home theater systems in my life so I can't really compare...


So what'ya think? just bite the bullet and stick with the tv, or splurge and try out a projector?

Also, sound is not an issue as it will be running through a separate reciever and speakers.
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it's easy enough to cover up light from windows using blankets or something thick like that. As for the bulb...idk, make that part of your research when looking at projectors. Which one has the cheapest bulbs and how long do they typically last. If you can't tell, I suggest trying to find a good projector.
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for gaming I would definitely suggest the projector. I have seen many a pc on a regular television (I'm assuming CRT, not a nice high def unit) and have wanted to shut my eyes. However, all the pc's I've seen on projectors have been clear and crisp- and HUGE!!
Plus, who could resist CS or Crysis for that matter on something over 50" diagonal!
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for gaming I would definitely suggest the projector. I have seen many a pc on a regular television (I'm assuming CRT, not a nice high def unit) and have wanted to shut my eyes. However, all the pc's I've seen on projectors have been clear and crisp- and HUGE!!
Plus, who could resist CS or Crysis for that matter on something over 50" diagonal!
Heh, true true, which is part of the reason why I'm pushing projection to my other housemates (muhahaha). Though I can barely handle FPS's on my new 22" monitor, I can only imagine having lifesize soldiers on the wall!

But I don't want the fact that it supports my computer be the deciding factor of the purchase. I really just need to decide if having a small crt tv for watching tv then a giant projector for movies only is worth it over just having a big screen for everything
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post #5 of 47
Projector has minimal resell value.

If you're going to con them into something worth their time, try getting them into a large panel HD LCD. 1080p.

Projector is a novelty unless you have a mini-theater, IMO.
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Projector has minimal resell value.
exactally. He wants to buy something cheap and "big" and used. he'll get a higher quality projector for his $300-400 than he will an LCD TV (what maybe 25 inch max LCD tv for $400?)
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Projector has minimal resell value.

If you're going to con them into something worth their time, try getting them into a large panel HD LCD. 1080p.

Projector is a novelty unless you have a mini-theater, IMO.
if I had the $800+ for an HD LCD I'd be all over it and projection would barely be an afterthought. If you can show me one I can afford I'll rethink my plan. I was under the assumption that all large panel displays cost some serious $$$. Thanks for the input though, I'm still teetering.
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post #8 of 47
get a projector. You're worrying too much about bulb life, though. The same thing happens with LCD projection TVs, and mine's going on quite well...watch it all the time.

You can rig something up to cover the windows most likely...

Oh, and one other thing. Being in college and whatnot...you don't wanna break the TV. That'd suck. A wall is much harder to break than a screen.
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post #9 of 47
Doesn't it end up being a waste of money? A) Used Projector - decreased life span. Problems, etc.

It'll end up either being half-past-dead or a cheap and crappy. Not only that, you'll have to cut back on usage out of caution not to blow the 500.00 bulb too soon.

Search for a 37" or 42" Westinghouse HD LCD monitor. I just got a 720p one for 899.99 at Best Buy brand new. It's good.

I am about to go and buy 1080p 42w2 in an hour.
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post #10 of 47
Hey bud, I actually use a projector in my living room (109 inch screen). It is hooked up to my rig (which runs everything) and I love it! Lamp life is about two years or so (I usually replace before the bulb burns as the picture degrades). I have played more than a few hours of Oblivion on it but mainly use my monitor for gaming and the projector for movies. Good luck!
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