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Old 23rd December, 2008, 12:44 AM
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help understanding

i want a to understand how to have a huge lcd tv that you can use as your monitor as well, and have a computer that plays movies and games on that tv/monitor. is there different specs for monitors that can do that? and what would the minimal requirements be for the computer? would it just need a descent video card with more video ram?
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What size screen are you planning on getting?

Up until about a month ago, at my apartment, we had a 32" LCD TV with a system connected to it via HDMI. Most TVs will pick up video input from a PC, provided the PC is set up accordingly, whether it be HDMI, S-Video, etc. You just need a card that has these outputs on it. Obviously, if you're going to be playing games, then a mid to high-end graphics card would be needed, and so VRAM shouldn't be an issue. Resolution-wise, I think most TVs have a resolution of 1366x768, but I could be mistaken.

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lcd tvs have a dvi input? what software would you need?
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Just a good, modern video card with its driver, AFAIK.
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Correct, it works the same as an LCD monitor. Plug it in, set your screen resolution. All done.

Raphael is right, most TV's are 1366x768, except the ones badged "Full HD" these are 1920x1080. Hence the 1080p advertising. The panels just have a higher native resolution. They produce an excellent picture, but at a less than excellent price point.
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i was thinking of making a dedicated movie box.
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Old 28th December, 2008, 01:33 AM
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Sounds good to me!
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Old 28th December, 2008, 11:18 PM
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i was thinking of making a dedicated movie box.
Certainly are useful. It makes keeping track of your movies very easy!!
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don't forget a SB surround sound card. Unless you allready have an amplifier.
How would that work? run your 1/4" jacks to the RCA jack on the amplifier?
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