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#1 Aug 04 2010 at 5:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Hi.
I am getting a new PC. To save some cash I am thinking about getting a monitor later and using the cash towards a better system.
I am thinking I can use my TV as a monitor.
Will I be ok using a 55" TV or will I need a special card?
Will screen size have any effect on the resolution?

Thanks for any replies.
#2 Aug 04 2010 at 5:49 AM Rating: Good
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From my experience the problem with monster sets is that some things are not as clear, text tends to get blurry. You can pick up a decent monitor for 150$. Might be worth it as I think 55 might be just too big.
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#3 Aug 04 2010 at 6:02 AM Rating: Decent
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I do that now with my 26" tv. Uh, interwebs does have small text. but there is a resizer for the page down at the bottom. It works wonders. I know most graphic cards come with adaptor for HDMI. All you gotta do is use your HDMI. sound wont work unless you get a some speakers attached to the pc. thats about it. you get 1080p on most games.
#4 Aug 04 2010 at 6:41 AM Rating: Good
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If the video card is hdmi capable, most of the time, they have a SDFI (think i got the right letters there) that you can hook up from your motherboard to the video card that enables hdmi audio also, so no extra speakers needed.

Thats the way i have my video card set up, got it hooked up hdmi to my 23" monitor that has hdmi slots in it, speakers work great too.

Dont think you want to hook pc up to a regular tv tho, thought the refresh rate was too low and picture wouldnt look good at all compared to an actual monitor.

Edited, Aug 4th 2010 8:42am by Myzldas
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#5 Aug 04 2010 at 8:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I use a Radeon 5970 going through HDMI to a 38 inch Sony Bravia @ 1360x768 and everything looks crisp and nice.
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#6 Aug 04 2010 at 8:16 AM Rating: Good
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you do not need an hdmi video card...

Just get a dvi-hdmi cable...

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10231&cs_id=1023102&p_id=2285&seq=1&format=2

Then just get cables for audio that hook up to your TV, done... unless you still want to use something else for sound.

I do the same thing with my ps3, it's hdmi-dvi so then i swap between my extended desktop and my ps3 and i don't have to leave my desk too often.

Edited, Aug 4th 2010 8:17am by boriss
#7 Aug 04 2010 at 8:22 AM Rating: Good
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Had a buddy of mine hook his PC up to his TV. Man, his wife was ******* Not only was he hogging the PC but the TV too.

As long as you have the right cable, you should be good. You may not get the same resolution as with a monitor though.
#8 Aug 04 2010 at 8:30 AM Rating: Good
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geffe wrote:
Had a buddy of mine hook his PC up to his TV. Man, his wife was ******* Not only was he hogging the PC but the TV too.

As long as you have the right cable, you should be good. You may not get the same resolution as with a monitor though.


Anything worth doing, is worth doin' right. I'm thinking of doing the same for my setup in the next month. Bring my 32" lcd to the computer, should be fun...
#9 Aug 04 2010 at 1:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I plan on trying to use my TV and seeing how it works, ive been too lazy to just plug the thing up yet, but i would assume it would work ok. HDTVs are pretty much the same as monitors nowadays right? ^^

Ive never heard of the MoBo to video card thing for sound though, i need to figure out how that works.
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#10 Aug 04 2010 at 2:01 PM Rating: Excellent
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It will all depend vastly on your video card and TV. Does your PC have HDMI out? VGA out? (probably not) DVI out? Does your TV have VGA or DVI in, only HDMI? radio-shack should have every little converter under the sun for you to get the hookups taken care of, wether you do audio jack out, hdmi audio, or optical (if your sound card is just that cool.) But if your card can't output a high resolution then it will stretch on the screen a lot and be blurry, or if your TV isn't a "smart" TV used to handling PC resolutions the edges might get cut off until you adjust your resolution. 1280×720 is 720p resolution and will fit nicely.
#11 Aug 04 2010 at 2:04 PM Rating: Good
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Papanurf wrote:
I use a Radeon 5970 going through HDMI to a 38 inch Sony Bravia @ 1360x768 and everything looks crisp and nice.


I plugged my new PC into my TV today, (32 inch Sony Bravia) just because I wanted to try the FFXIV benchmark on high as I cant see my score when I do high on my monitor.

Anyway, I assumed it would just run nice on 1080i, but like you said, it defaults to 1360 x 768. Which is nice and crisp.

I changed it to 1080i and it looked nasty, all blurred? Is this normal then?

(was using HDMI and GPU is a GTX470, which i beleive should support 1080i)

Edited, Aug 4th 2010 4:05pm by scotchio
#12 Aug 04 2010 at 2:04 PM Rating: Good
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I do this myself, got a LG tv with HDMI output to the tv from my pc, i think works great. However there are some drawbacks if you live with other people, who may want to use the tv for other purposes. like,, watching tv, if you have naother tv int eh house that its not bad. but expect people to want to watch tv on it still. ;)
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#13 Aug 04 2010 at 2:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Thankfully, I have a very understanding wife when it comes to my addiction...er..I mean... hobby of playing video games, so she bought me a good sized monitor and a stand so I can be supremely lazy and hook up the computer by the recliner and play while our 50" TV is off set so I can play on the computer while watching TV.
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#14 Aug 04 2010 at 2:42 PM Rating: Good
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Myzldas wrote:
Thankfully, I have a very understanding wife when it comes to my addiction...er..I mean... hobby of playing video games, so she bought me a good sized monitor and a stand so I can be supremely lazy and hook up the computer by the recliner and play while our 50" TV is off set so I can play on the computer while watching TV.


O.o Does she need a second husband? lol (kidding btw)
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#15 Aug 04 2010 at 3:04 PM Rating: Good
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I've got a 28" monitor. The benchmark looks awesome at 1080.

Edited, Aug 4th 2010 5:05pm by geffe
#16 Aug 04 2010 at 3:18 PM Rating: Good
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I hook my laptop up to a 46" 1080p TV through HDMI, it's only got a Mobility 3650 (I think). It looks fine, sometimes I use it to watch blu-ray and I've compared side by side with my ps3 (yes, I have two 46" 1080p TVs) and it actually looks slightly better, but that's because my PS3 is hooked up to a LCD, and my computer gets hooked up to a LED-LCD, when I reverse it, the PS3 looks better, but only slightly.

You just might want to mess with your settings though. Letter size, resizing for screen area to fit, sometimes it's too small even when set to 1080p, and sometimes it's too big, and some tv's do not support all or certain audio types, so some things won't play the audio through the TV, and others will.

Edited, Aug 4th 2010 5:20pm by VayMasters
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#17 Aug 04 2010 at 4:36 PM Rating: Decent
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I've got my PC hooked up to my 60" DLP through the reciever with HDMI. I haven't played any actual games since I just built it for ffxiv, but the benchmark looks fine. The free steam game for buying my case doesn't work...lol
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#18 Aug 04 2010 at 6:43 PM Rating: Decent
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Thanks for the replies.
Should have mentioned it's a sony bravia 55EX503. It's got some sort of internet hook up, though I guess the wi fi would cause problems, though I'll probably connect by cable.
I can always use the old monitor until I can afford a decent one, I guess.
#19 Aug 05 2010 at 2:03 AM Rating: Good
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Just find a TV that nativeley supports 1280x720 or 1920x1080 and any modern GFX will be fine, if you have a reciever you can hook it up via HDMI and have the HD picture/sound pass through it to your TV, this is what I do and works fine, though I'm still trying to find a suitable seating arrangement which will be the biggest problem imo.

#20 Aug 05 2010 at 8:40 AM Rating: Decent
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Cheers.
PC is under coffee table in front of sofa, so can lie down and play :)
#21 Aug 05 2010 at 8:45 AM Rating: Decent
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Murureru wrote:
Just find a TV that nativeley supports 1280x720 or 1920x1080 and any modern GFX will be fine, if you have a reciever you can hook it up via HDMI and have the HD picture/sound pass through it to your TV, this is what I do and works fine, though I'm still trying to find a suitable seating arrangement which will be the biggest problem imo.


That's what I do right now, though I'm using a DVI-to-HDMI adapter on my GTX480. The picture quality is good on my 55" LG and I haven't had any problems reading text, though I'm only 6 feet away. And yes, the sound is received by my receiver and comes out nicely through my surround-sound setup. For K+M setup, I'm considering getting one of those overbed tables and sitting in bed to play, as my home theater setup is in my bedroom and I worked up a wheeled platform in which to place my gaming rig.
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#22 Aug 05 2010 at 9:12 AM Rating: Decent
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I've been doing this for awhile using my laptop and PC and they both work and look fine. And as far as audio. If you use a HDMI to HDMI plug then you don't need anything else as HDMI carries both video and audio. you just need to adjust your settings on your pc or laptop to play out of the TV not your laptop or pc. It's under the audio playback options.

EDIT: And about the video card. Most higher end video cards have a HDMI plug. I'm using a Radeon AIT 5770 currently and it looks great on my 57.

Edited, Aug 5th 2010 11:16am by RSquires
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