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Using a TV as a PC Monitor

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a b C Monitor
March 28, 2013 12:22:39 PM

I'm building myself a gaming PC and I'm already stretching my budget with the components that I've chosen, so I really won't be able to buy a monitor until a month or two after I've completed my build.

I have a 22-inch 720p HD TV and I'm planning to connect it to my PC by an HDMI cable. All I want to know is; will this TV work as monitor temporarily?

Approximate setup: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/MOqu
May be changing a couple of details.

Thanks in advance :) 

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March 28, 2013 12:30:27 PM

We've had success with this approach with 32 inch and larger TVs
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a c 76 C Monitor
March 28, 2013 12:35:14 PM

I've done that before. It's fine as a temporary solution, but I wouldn't want to use a 720p tv long term in place of a monitor. One thing to be aware of is that the native resolution for a 720p tv is usually actually 1366x768.
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a b C Monitor
March 28, 2013 12:42:57 PM

you will have to open the tv's control panel and make sure that that particular HDMI port is selected or it won't work.

do not choose the vga setting or use as pc monitor.
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March 28, 2013 12:47:52 PM

i use a 32" from time to time. it works good but I sit too close most of the time for me to like the pixal density.
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a b C Monitor
March 28, 2013 12:51:18 PM

Thanks for all the help. Will be mostly gaming on it anyway until I can get a 24" monitor :) 
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