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Alright, I am currently in the market for a large(ish) display. I'm thinking 37in. MUST be 1080p and I'd prefer monitor/tv combination. I know thats not asking much these days, but I want the screen to double as a medium sized television for dvds/movies/consoles, etc.

I'm thinking my budget will be between 700-900$. I can go higher, and I can go lower, obviously, but I'd like to keep in the 7-9hundred range.

I've been looking around and I came across this one Westinghouse 37" 16:9 8ms 1080p LCD HDTV for $799 before shipping.

That is the sort of monitor I'm looking for. Any ideas/suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated. I don't need crazy gaming response time, nor do I need a huge tv, a 32" would definately not be turned down (though I feel that would be a noticable size difference).
    
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Im not sure of any specific model or such but let me recommend Amazon since a lot of them have free shipping and are usually a little cheaper than Newegg.
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I just use newegg as reference. Considering they have pretty decent selection and their search utilities are intuitive and all that jazz. But once I find a model that I am set on, then I'll go price hunting.

The reviews on the 37" I linked were pretty good, assuming I don't get any faulty equipment.
    
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I really like Sharp tvs from seeing them in the store. It might be worth a few extra bucks....
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Alright, I've been looking around and I've got a pretty basic question:
1080p or 2560x1650?

From what I understand 1080p is 1920x1080. Would I benefit from 2560x1600 over 1080p?
Edited by Clinic - 6/13/08 at 6:51pm
    
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Higher res FTW :-D
    
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From what I'm seeing though, HDTVs don't do 2560x1600. Or at least I'm not seeing any that will. Looks like that leaves me only with lcd monitors, which are substantially more expensive.
    
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post #8 of 14
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Huh, 2560x1600 is looking more and more attractive.

Samsung 305T 30" 6ms ~ $1250 though. Ouch. Looks like I'll be waiting for a minute or 2 to grab it.
Thoughts? Looks good to me. I love my current Sammy, and I'm just having a hard time imagining what another 1000x600 pixels is going to be like... lol
    
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post #9 of 14
Are you using this as a TV or a monitor or both. If your using it as a tv then 1080p will be fine. If your using it as a monitor you may want to look into those 30in Samsungs but they are still new technology and quite expensive. If you were going to spend that much I would get a 42in Sharp of Samsung 1080p. I dont own one personally but I have seen them in the store.

It might be a good idea to go to best buy or some other electronics store and look at tvs there and compare them. Then find the best deal on the internet.
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post #10 of 14
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I've decided on the Samsung 305T. The 2560x1600 resolution is just too hard to pass up. And I decided I don't want to get some huge lcd tv/monitor that does 1080p, just to end up having huge pixels and be FORCED to play anything from 10 yards away.

So I'll suck it up and spend the cash. At least I will know that it'll be tough to get outdated.

But now I'm thinking about GPU and fps. I'm pretty sure that AoC at 2560x1600 would eat my graphics setup pretty quickly. I was looking at getting a new GPU once the new ATI cards come out. But I have a question: is the 4870 going to be 1gb 512bit bus? Or is it more of that damn 256bit bus bs we've been getting fed for a while now. The GTX 280 definately has the memory and bandwidth to handle such a huge resolution, and also the horsepower to keep it going smoothly, but I'm having a hard time convincing myself that I want to buy 600$ worth of video cardage.

Any opinions? Should I go with the 4870 once it comes out? Or switch back to the green side (at least for a while) and go with the new nvidia cards?

Decisions decisions. Expensive ones at that.
    
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