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Dwhap
08-25-2008, 17:48
I thought I would post this as an informational thread for anyone who has ever considered doing this. I finally broke down and bought a 32" Sony LCD TV 720p to use as a computer monitor for my gaming rig over the weekend. The main thing I wrestled with while looking at TVs was wither or not to go with the 1080p or 720p.

1080p = 1920x1080
720p = 1366x768

The reason I chose to go with the 720p is for 2 reasons:

1.1080p sets cost about 60% to 100% more

2. My PC (Core2 6600, Nvidia 8800GT 512, 3GB RAM) chokes in most games at 1920x1080 anyway (I tested this on my 50” 1080p in my living room)

The set I used was a 32” Sony Bravia KDL32L4000 - $640.00. I chose this set because it has a 8ms response rate, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and already has a PC input jack on the back (most have HDMI connectors but no PC jack so you have to buy a special cable to connect it to your Video Card)

So far I am extremely happy with it. Games look amazing on it, and it works great for general PC use such as surfing the internet, word processing, photo editing, etc. If you are going to use your PC for heavy duty work stuff such as programming or spreadsheet work, then I do recommend going with 1080p or attaching a normal 19” LCD to use as second monitor. I found the 768 vertical res doesn’t always hack it for that sort of stuff.

Barbarossa
08-25-2008, 17:49
I thought I would post this as an informational thread for anyone who has ever considered doing this. I finally broke down and bought a 32" Sony LCD TV 720p to use as a computer monitor for my gaming rig over the weekend. The main thing I wrestled with while looking at TVs was wither or not to go with the 1080p or 720p.

1080p = 1920x1080
720p = 1366x768

The reason I chose to go with the 720p is for 2 reasons:

1.1080p sets cost about 60% to 100% more

2. My PC (Core2 6600, Nvidia 8800GT 512, 3GB RAM) chokes in most games at 1920x1080 anyway (I tested this on my 50” 1080p in my living room)

The set I used was a 32” Sony Bravia KDL32L4000 - $640.00. I chose this set because it has a 8ms response rate, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and already has a PC input jack on the back (most have HDMI connectors but no PC jack so you have to by a special cable to connect it to your Video Card)

So far I am extremely happy with it. Games look amazing on it, and it works great for general PC use such as surfing the internet, word processing, photo editing, etc. If you are going to use your PC for heavy duty work stuff such as programming or spreadsheet work, then I do recommend going with 1080p or attaching a normal 19” LCD to use as second monitor. I found the 768 vertical res doesn’t always hack it for that sort of stuff.

I call bullshit cuz yer title says 42" and your post says 32" :p

Dwhap
08-25-2008, 17:51
Thanks for the catch. The set was 32 not 42.

Barbarossa
08-25-2008, 17:53
Thanks for the catch. The set was 32 not 42.


Now that that's settled, have fun. Don't go blind :D

Beeblebrox
08-25-2008, 17:59
Not even my tv is that big. Damn you imperialist capitalist errm......asshole!

epicor
08-25-2008, 17:59
Now that that's settled, have fun. Don't go blind :D

yeah dude, how close are you sitting to this behemoth? also, pics plz

stalwart
08-25-2008, 18:04
32 inches is too big. unless you have it set up so that you have like a 22" directly in front of you, and another desktop like 3 feet behind that. that would be fucking epic. like NASA space center shit going on.

grateful_dead
08-25-2008, 18:05
did your computer say thank you and afterwards make love to you? because if it didn't then its just using you.

Ultimo
08-25-2008, 18:08
Noob, I just got the 46 inch sony lcd last month.

epicor
08-25-2008, 18:08
did your computer say thank you and afterwards make love to you? because if it didn't then its just using you.

:lmao:

Dwhap
08-25-2008, 18:09
32 inches is too big. unless you have it set up so that you have like a 22" directly in front of you, and another desktop like 3 feet behind that. that would be fucking epic. like NASA space center shit going on.

the monitor sits about 3 feet from the edge of the desk. I like the fact that with the large widescreen, games now fill almost my entire field of view which adds to the level of immersion for me. That being said, I think I could of gotton away with the 28" lol.

Fro
08-25-2008, 18:09
Noob, I just got the 46 inch sony lcd last month.

I have a 60 inch.... oh wait we're talking about monitor sizes here....

stalwart
08-25-2008, 18:11
the monitor sits about 3 feet from the edge of the desk. I like the fact that with the large widescreen, games now fill almost my entire field of view which adds to the level of immersion for me. That being said, I think I could of gotton away with the 28" lol.

it's also frying your fucking retinas.

Malhavok
08-25-2008, 18:19
Less resolution and higher cost than a 19" at several times the cost. And all you get is a blown up blurry image and more ghosting. It'd be awesome for console gaming where you aren't sitting with your nose on top of the TV, but for a desktop? No thanks, I'll stick with my 22".

Erroneous
08-25-2008, 18:31
I've used a 27" 1360x768 for about a year now, it was pretty nice, but eventually I wanted a higher resolution. I just picked up a 24" 1920x1200 monitor and its nice to run a dual monitor set-up and switch between when you want higher resolution or more space covered. I use these primarily as TVs with an hd tuner, so its not as overkill as it may sound. Really looking forward to watching both broadcast NFL games at the same time.

Lachrymose
08-25-2008, 18:34
i just got the biggest fucking desk i could find, because i plan on getting a 32" hdtv, and i don't want to be sitting right in front of it. thanks for the info.

Forgin
08-25-2008, 18:35
I'm happy enough with my 24" but trying out 32+ would be awesome for a while, till you get used to it.

stalwart
08-25-2008, 18:37
Less resolution and higher cost than a 19" at several times the cost.

here is where i stopped reading there.

Dwhap
08-25-2008, 18:39
Less resolution and higher cost than a 19" at several times the cost. And all you get is a blown up blurry image and more ghosting. It'd be awesome for console gaming where you aren't sitting with your nose on top of the TV, but for a desktop? No thanks, I'll stick with my 22".

If you go with the 720p as I did, then lower res (1366 x 768) is the only drawback. The 1080p displays at a higher res then most widescreen desktop LCDs...The Sony I bought has no noticable ghosting. Good LCD TVs are designed to display moving images and have a very low refresh rate. The only game I play where I did turn on antialaising on was in WWIIonline mainly because the graphics engine is prehistoric.

As I told my wife (which was part of the sells pitch to her). It will probably end up on the wall in our bedroom in the future, but for now it is working just fine on my computer desk. ;)

Arkh
08-25-2008, 18:41
How big are the pixels ?

Malhavok
08-25-2008, 21:00
If you go with the 720p as I did, then lower res (1366 x 768) is the only drawback. The 1080p displays at a higher res then most widescreen desktop LCDs...The Sony I bought has no noticable ghosting. Good LCD TVs are designed to display moving images and have a very low refresh rate. The only game I play where I did turn on antialaising on was in WWIIonline mainly because the graphics engine is prehistoric.

As I told my wife (which was part of the sells pitch to her). It will probably end up on the wall in our bedroom in the future, but for now it is working just fine on my computer desk. ;)

In what possible world is having low refresh rate desirable. Hey cool, my TV only changes image twice per second!

And I can guarantee your TV has ghosting because I own one as well. How perceivable ghosting is a function of screen size (larger is worse) resolution (lower is worse) response time (faster better although its largely meaningless as no one uses their TVs in grey scale which is how its measured. A lot of cheap displays, which the Bravia is not, have very fast grey-to-grey and ghost much worse than better displays with the same rated response time) and distance (farther better). You have a very large very low resolution monitor with a slow response time and you're sitting right on top of it. From 10-15' its not noticeable.

If you're happy with it cool, but there is a reason a good 30" monitor costs 2 grand while a good 30" TV costs $600. A TV is intended to be viewed from a distance where the low pixel density and slower response time isn't much of an issue. A 30" monitor has a 2560x1680 native resolution which is much higher than 1080p and the good ones have faster response times as well.

Slypieguy
08-25-2008, 21:09
Noob, I just got the 46 inch sony lcd last month.

Noob, you paid like 20% extra for the name

pyrow
08-25-2008, 21:11
The only reason my dad bought this computer was because it came with 1080p HD monitor, which by itself was worth more than the computer asking price. Hehe, it owns.

Ultimo
08-25-2008, 21:33
Noob, you paid like 20% extra for the name

Actually, the sony was the only one there that allowed for computer attachment. Also, the sony looked better...by a lot. The picture was noticeably better.

Titus Ultor
08-25-2008, 22:45
Sony has noticeably better picture quality, though it's more or less tied with Sharp and Samsung.

I have the Samsung 24" 1920x1200 monitor. Before this, I tried using the Sharp 27" 720p TV, and it just sucks in comparison. It was all right for full-screen games, but 1920x1200 just blows it out of the water for using your computer for internet and media, and is noticeably much better on games where my computer can run the high resolution.

Mippoose
08-26-2008, 01:09
I use a 15" laptop screen at 1680x1050.

I would so like a nice 24" screen to use...

But alas... Money.

alfaroverall
08-26-2008, 01:19
Actually, the sony was the only one there that allowed for computer attachment. Also, the sony looked better...by a lot. The picture was noticeably better.
That "had a PC port" you mean? You don't need a PC port to connect to your computer. HDMI ports work just fine, you just need a DVI-HDMI (or HDMI-DVI) adapter, which is what I have. (It adds some cost, though...DVI or HDMI cable is more expensive than VGA cable, and the adapter isn't particularly cheap either) Although I very rarely actually hook my comp to my TV anymore, it's nicer to be able to watch TV and do stuff on the comp at the same time and dicking around with switching cables (since my card won't let me output on two screens (afaik anyway) and there is no "toggle" function) is not really worth the hassle. My HDTV is only like 6'' bigger anyhow, and its native resolution is lower (I can run it in 1920x1080 with my comp but things stat to look weird if I do, though that might be the weakness of my card).