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http://gear.ign.com/articles/703/703073p1.html

So I never really thought about getting a 360 before I read this article but now I'm seriously considering it because I won't have to buy an uber TV or anything and I won't have to split my gaming time between my pc and a console anymore, but I still got a few questions here

[1] Does it HAVE to be an lcd monitor or will it just look better if its an lcd? because my gfx card is weak and I don't wanna have to deal with the "native resolution" crap...

[2] "...connect more than the 360 and your PC to the monitor, and a VGA switch-box or TV card for your computer will add to the overall cost." what would else would you connect besides your 360 and your pc to the monitor? and wat is a vga switch-box/tv card?

[3] Can I use my onboard soundcard/2.1 speakers with a 360?

[4] "On the other hand, if you really require standard TV functionality, like component, composite, and S-video inputs, or integrated speakers" yeah... what the heck are component, composite and s-video inputs and do I ABSOLUTELY need them?

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post #2 of 8
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[1] Does it HAVE to be an lcd monitor or will it just look better if its an lcd? because my gfx card is weak and I don't wanna have to deal with the "native resolution" crap...
Any PC monitor should do if you have the right adaptor.

The PC's weak graphics card is not an issue here, you're not using it to generate graphics for the X360. The X360 would connect directly to the monitor, or to a switchbox attached to the monitor.

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[2] "...connect more than the 360 and your PC to the monitor, and a VGA switch-box or TV card for your computer will add to the overall cost." what would else would you connect besides your 360 and your pc to the monitor? and wat is a vga switch-box/tv card?
Other game consoles or DVD players, I assume.

A switchbox lets you plug multiple video inputs into a single box, then select which one is displayed on the monitor with a switch or knob. This is common in multi-PC setups that share a single monitor, you use a KVM (keyboard-video-mouse) switch to flip from one PC to the other. Many home theater receivers also have multiple component video inputs that you can switch between on the fly, I have my PS2 and Xbox set up like that.

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[3] Can I use my onboard soundcard/2.1 speakers with a 360?
That's what it sounds like the article is advocating, assuming the onboard sound card has an audio input. You really want 5.1 surround for the best X360 experience, of course.

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[4] "On the other hand, if you really require standard TV functionality, like component, composite, and S-video inputs, or integrated speakers" yeah... what the heck are component, composite and s-video inputs and do I ABSOLUTELY need them?
Those are the three most common types of video inputs. From worst to best, you have composite (single jack that looks just like an audio jack); S-video (single round connector); and component (three cables for video). Not mentioned is HDMI, the new single-connector format for HD video. You can't get a real HD image on a TV without component video or HDMI inputs.
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well I know my gfx card itsn't playing 360 games, but say I buy a monitor that has a native res of 1280x1024 and tomorrow id releases doom 4 and it runs like crap on 1280x1024 but it runs great at 1024x768, if I turn it down to that the monitor will distrot it [someone correct me if im horibly wrong]

so basically what I'm asking is, I don't have any of that extra stuff mentioned in the article, the composites or w/e so tomorrow if I go out and buy a 360 what will be the bare minimum I need to make it run properly?

oh and an "audio output" just means it has a jack for my speakers right?

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post #4 of 8
It should work but you need the proper connectors as said in the article. Yes to the audio question.
So does my old DELL 17" CRT support HD with the xbox 360? If not how do I know what monitor will?
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All Xbox 360 games are made so that they can run at the max resolution the system supports so no worries on that front.
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Yes but how do I know if my monitor supports HD or not?
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When you're talking about monitors, forget "HD", resolution is the key. Pretty much all monitors can output a resolution as good as or higher than HD quality these days. The only thing you have to worry about is that, if you use an LCD monitor, that its native resolution is one of the options on the X360's VGA output. This is no different than what you would want to do when connecting an LCD to a PC, you want your Windows screen res to match up with the LCD's native resolution. Otherwise the image gets fuzzy at best, totally crappy at worst.
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I will answer part [4] of your Q

the difference between the different video infuts is as follows:

Component: Splits the signal into 3 signals sending each feed down individual cables (RGB), this separates the colours and hence gives the greatest quality. (only really found on high spec TV's, projectors & AV setups)

Svideo: Similar to above, provides adequate quality but uses a single strand pin arrangement instead of phono inputs. Found on most modern graphics cards) Also RGB.

Composite: Does not separate the individual colours into their constituent primary colours and as such gives the lowest quality signal compared to the others.

I will aso mention Scart and DVI-D as well,

Scart: Sends signals via the same method as Svideo similar in most aspects with regards to quality. Scart also supports sound feeds which the others do not.

DVI-D Supports RGB feeds using a digital feed and hence gives the greatest quality when connected to a LCD display/TV HDMI also follows this principle

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