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I was looking to pick up a decent sized monitor (at least 24", most likely larger) to use as my main PC monitor and for movies. What would you guys recommend? I have an 8800gts so I can support up to 1080i with component cables. Pricerange isn't a huge issue right now, since I'm not really sure how much I'm willing to spend. Certainly below 1k though.
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26in $569.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001264
28in $649.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824116084

There are many more out there also.
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Originally Posted by Fester View Post
I was looking to pick up a decent sized monitor (at least 24", most likely larger) to use as my main PC monitor and for movies. What would you guys recommend? I have an 8800gts so I can support up to 1080i with component cables. Pricerange isn't a huge issue right now, since I'm not really sure how much I'm willing to spend. Certainly below 1k though.
Ok, I have several questions.
1. You say PC and movies, but the title says TV. Do you plan on watching television or just movies?
2. Do you have or plan to get a Blue-ray disc drive?
3. How far will you be sitting from the screen?
4. Will only you be watching or are you going to want a wider viewing angles so a couple people can watch?
5. Do you play video games or just brows the web? Or in other words what is you PC use?
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Or just get any LCD monitory and get a TV tuner for you computer.
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Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
Ok, I have several questions.
1. You say PC and movies, but the title says TV. Do you plan on watching television or just movies?
2. Do you have or plan to get a Blue-ray disc drive?
3. How far will you be sitting from the screen?
4. Will only you be watching or are you going to want a wider viewing angles so a couple people can watch?
5. Do you play video games or just brows the web? Or in other words what is you PC use?
1) I was hoping to use it to play DVDs and watch cable TV. I have a standard cable jack in my room (coaxial cable) that I would like to run through it.
2) Nope.
3) For normal PC use maybe 1-1.5'. For movies and TV I would be about 5'.
4) It would only be me.
5) I play games
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1) I was hoping to use it to play DVDs and watch cable TV. I have a standard cable jack in my room (coaxial cable) that I would like to run through it.
2) Nope.
3) For normal PC use maybe 1-1.5'. For movies and TV I would be about 5'.
4) It would only be me.
5) I play games

1 - To be able to take television signals and translate them to a viewable image(their is probably a technical term, such as, deinterlace or something) you need a TV tuner card. Now when you buy a TV the cards are built into the set, but for a PC you will have to buy one separately.
3 - For a screen that will still receive a large amount of PC use I wouldn't get some too huge, but screen size is largely a user preference. If you can stand to sit 1' from a 28" screen or larger then more power to you.

Now to be able to watch TV you basically have two options. You could buy an HDTV and hook your PC to it. This would work. However, you well have a smaller resolution than if you were to buy a PC monitor and this sometimes makes normal PC usage, such as typing and reading, harder.
You can also buy a nice PC monitor and buy a TV tuner card for a PCI slot in your PC. Their are plenty of cards to choose from ranging from ~$50-100+ that would suit your needs. Hauppauge is a good brand if you do look.

Once you decide what you would like to do for TV the next step would be to pick a size. The best thing to do may be to go to a local Computer store and just look at the displays. This would give you a pretty good idea of what you would be comfortable in front of. For me 28" would be the max size I would get. Also, for PC games you have a 8800GTS 320mb. This is a fine card but with only 320mb you may not be able to run at full settings at a 1920x1200 resolution, which would be the resolution PC monitors 24" and up run at.
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This is the info I know and I hope it helps you. At this point you would have to weigh your options and see if you want a large screen for watching movies, or if even a 22" may suit your needs better. Even at 5' from a 22" watching a movie it is still very enjoyable. You would still be able to play games as max settings and not have any trouble.

If this didn't help at all I'm sorry. I kind of just realized it's late and I may have rambled a bit in the post. If you need more help feel free to reply and ask more questions.
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post #8 of 8
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That was actually very helpful. I know next to nothing about new monitors (or TVs for that matter). This gives me something to base my decision off. I guess its time to go shopping.
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