TV vs. Monitor

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  1. Blebleman
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    I know back a couple of years, PC monitors were generally WAY better quality than CRT TVs, which is why my 360 is currently plugged VGA into my monitor.

    But now, with HD TVs, which should I get?

    A really big HDTV and plug my computer/consoles on it?
    A really big Monitor and plug my computer/consoles on it?


    I know that putting your PC on older TVs looked like hell, but how is it on HDTVs?

    Thanks a lot for your help guys, I really appreciate it.
     


  2. FAST6191

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    I still count HD as little more than marketing hype ( http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=73993&hl= ) but decent projectors have appeared in sensible price ranges these days (if you can score one from the US even better as their dollar is still poor) so my suggestion is look there if you want insane picture quality/screen size.
    No idea about the site but price ranges are about right: http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/Cat...lc.asp?CatId=23

    On the flipside I have seen a few machines run through TVs over the last few months and they also look nice, granted 1920x1080 is not as high as some monitors get but it works.
     
  3. superkrm

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    basically the same depends on ur preference technology and extras


    difference between and lcd tv and a lcd pc monitor = tv tuner
     
  4. stormwolf18

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    monitor > Hd tv.

    But they cost a lot more, about 1600$ for a 30in monitor,
     
  5. Carnivean

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    HD TVs are still LD compared to good monitors.
     
  6. stormwolf18

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    LD ? what do you mean ?
     
  7. arctic_flame

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    Low definition, I assume, but it's not an abbreviation I'd use.
     
  8. Linkiboy

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    Monitor... a really big one will most likely be 2560x1600(or around there...) So make sure that your graphic card on your pc will run smoothly at that res, but be warned game consoles will not be pixel perfect because the max a console can go up to in this generation is 1920x1080

    I would say get a 32inch 720p tv for your 360, normal tv, other consoles etc(if youre in a small room like a bedroom) and keep your current monitor (maybe upgrade to 22") for your pc. Would still be cheaper than a quality, giant monitor.
     
  9. xJonny

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    You can get a tv/monitor, or get a TV because most modern graphics cards have a TV-out.

    If you want gaming at extreme resolutions you'd probably want a monitor and a tv seperate.
     
  10. superkrm

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    oh it will be pixel perfect if said monitor can run the signal in 1:1 mode or if it has great scaler u wont be missing much u will just get black bars around the image depending on the aspect

    @Blebleman if u decide to get a large lcd pc monitor make sure the panel technology is ips or pva/mva based
    you dont want a big TN monitor

    http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/lcd-panel-types.php go there if u dont understand my acronyms
     
  11. Mewgia

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    OP is in Canada, and their dollar is slightly weaker than ours.


    OT: Another vote for monitor, they are higher res than HDTVs.
     
  12. Linkiboy

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    canadian prices are generally higher than us prices
     
  13. Mewgia

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    that's true but his point about our dollar being weaker is not
     
  14. nephdj

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    Well for under 900, get a great 26' lcd like what dell make.. they just buy a high def tv box for $50
    higher then that, just stick with a TV
     
  15. PBC

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    The exchange is prettty damn close these days. 100 Canadian = 98.36 American.
    Its not weaker than canadian but its a ton weaker then it used to be!!!

    And if I had to pick just one TV or one Monitor I would go with the TV. Wish I had more to add to this but I'm really not up to date on this. I do know that some HDtvs come with a computer monitor plug. And some computers come with S-video out...Is there anything for the computer to output using HDMI...or do I just sound stupid now? =X
     
  16. Linkiboy

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    He never said it was weaker :|
     
  17. Bob Loblaw

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    I think that monitors are actually less expensive when compared to an HDTV of only 1080p resolution of the same size. Considering the monitors are much higher resolution. I think HD is marketing hype.
    You can also purchase a digital tuner for OTA HD broadcasts for like $175 and use the monitor for watching television shows [​IMG] Or if you subscribe to cable, you could possibly hook your box up to your monitor? I'm not sure if cable boxes have hdmi out these days? I haven't had cable for years.
     
  18. science

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    HD satellite does, can't remember if cable does. My guess is HD cable boxes do, SD don't
     
  19. Trolly

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    Behind you! I know you looked!
    Well, I've been looking at monitors and TVs too for the same reasons. And out of experience, monitors are a lot cheaper at 20" and under, but slightly more expensive over 20".
    This is the screen I'm looking at buying possibly, as it's pretty good value, though you probably want something bigger:
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/139180
     
  20. slayerspud

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    24" PVA monitor is the way to go.