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Hey guys I was wondering if the resolution on a 720p LCD TV would be good enough for gaming? I have a 32" LG that I would like to play WoW on. I tried connecting to it from my gf's laptop using S-Video last weekend. The graphics looked ok, but the chat dialog box was pretty fuzzy and barely legible. Would using DVI-HDMI cable or DVI cable with HDMI adapter be any better?
post #2 of 21
yes it would be better, by how much i cant tell you. Its like connecting an xbox 360 to hdmi instead of composite.
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720p is fine, but you probably want to get some dongles that you can use to get an HDMI cable and play at 1080p (also there is only one difference between 1080i and 1080p, 1080i has a refresh time of 30hz , while 1080p has 60hz, but there is basically no difference between them) dongles:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814999004
or cable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812224007
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Originally Posted by Halo2Vista View Post
720p is fine, but you probably want to get some dongles that you can use to get an HDMI cable and play at 1080p (also there is only one difference between 1080i and 1080p, 1080i has a refresh time of 30hz , while 1080p has 60hz, but there is basically no difference between them) dongles:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814999004
or cable:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812224007
A DVI to HDMI cable is not going to let you display 1080p on a 720p TV. Image quality is going to be exactly the same if not worse with an adaptor compared to straight DVI to DVI.

PC gaming on a 720p set might be a little rough, but it is perfectly fine for console gaming.
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720p sucks you need at least 1080p
    
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720p = 1280x720 resolution and 1080p = 1920x1080 resolution. You do the math of which resolution would look better at a 30"+ screen. But also put into consideration of the demand in hardware to output higher resolutions, only if you want to max out some recent games. In my opinion, I'd stick with a regular PC monitor to output at least 1680x1050 if you can't afford to get a 1080p on a screen that's 30"+. However, some people are happy with the lower resolution on large HDTVs so do whatever fits your preference.
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I run a 32" LCD HDTV 720p as my main monitor and can't say I really notice poor image quality, I do turn AA on in most games to make it look really nice
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(also there is only one difference between 1080i and 1080p, 1080i has a refresh time of 30hz , while 1080p has 60hz, but there is basically no difference between them)
No... progressive just means it's not interlaced. It doesn't have a set framerate.

Also, 1080i would be the one with 60hz, since the framerate is 29.97 or 59.94 fields/s on interlaced TV. Also, TV stations do not broadcast full 16:9 1080, but only 1440*1080, so most of the time 1080i refers to 1440*1080, while 1080p refers to 1920*1080.

In any case, how would connect it via HDMI allow him to play on 1080p?

1) His HDTV only supports up to 1366x768
2) Composite, Component and everything else can also carry 1080p, just like you can encode HD video with a low bitrate, but it might look worse.
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and interlaced looks like crap, to simply put it. I would stick with 720p over 1080i
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Also... how far away do you plan to sit? IF playing from 3-8 ft, 720p is fine. If < 3ft, it won't look great.
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