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November 29, 2011 6:38:47 PM

Greetings,

I've been thinking lately of getting a tv or a monitor with hdmi input to connect my HD6870 thru it and my xbox 360 as well.

I don't know if it would be best to get a TV or a monitor.

It's only for gaming and probably watching a movie occasionally.

Any advice is greatly appriciated.

I'm thinking of nothing very big because it would go on my current computer desk.

The intention behind this is not having to wait for my family to finish watching tv to be able to play.

Thank you very much all for your help.

This is the desk, I also wanted to tell you that I can put the printer on the floor if I need more space:

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November 29, 2011 9:37:54 PM

so you're looking to replace your current monitor or to get the second one?

as far as TV vs monitor goes, I'd surrender in favor on monitor any day. (reason being I was in the same boat once and got a TV to serve as well TV and second monitor. worked out as it was decent for TV but was quite crappy for a monitor. Now, I may defer to the fact that maybe the TV wasn't very good, it was one of the early models, etc but generally I believe that picture sharpness is a lot better on monitors than on TVs of the same size)

that said, however, one thing to consider is that typically monitors come with 1 port for each interface (VGA, HDMI, DVI and DP). A TV would be more likely to come with several HDMI ports.

Consider this:
monitor with speakers has HDMI and DVI vs TV with 2 HDMI

if you got a separate sound for computer, then you can go with monitor and use DVI to hook up the computer input and HDMI to hook up the xbox. However, if you want to use the new monitor as source for sound from both computer and xbox a TV would be a better solution since DVI does not carry audio signal. (there's options to get around that but it's another story)

Just something for you to think about in logistics terms besides just picking out which got better quality/picture/refresh rate.
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November 29, 2011 9:57:03 PM

Why not just use your current monitor if it is still working well and you do not plan on getting something larger then no sense buying a new one if you already have a useable one !
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November 29, 2011 10:53:55 PM

Well, my current monitor uses dvi. I wasn't thinking of getting a second one, maybe use a monitor or tv with hdmi to use the xbox and pc instead of having to go to the living room to play xbox and back to the computer room to play on the pc.

For audio I have the chimaera 5.1 from razer. I have to change the optical cable everytime I use the xbox (no big deal there). Unless I get a TV with optical out. At the moment when I'm going to play on the xbox I have to unplug the headsets and take the whole thing to the entertainment center, then back to the pc when I'm going to play or watch movies.

What drew my attention to tv's was to connect both the pc and xbox to hdmi and use the optical out for the headsets. But I've been reading a lot on the internet that tv for pc displays text horribly and all sorts of problems with browsers having to zoom to be able to display content.
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November 30, 2011 2:14:31 AM

JDFan said:
Why not just use your current monitor if it is still working well and you do not plan on getting something larger then no sense buying a new one if you already have a useable one !


My current monitor (Acer x223w) only has one DVI port. I would have to switch between the xbox and pc and I think that would be a bit of a pain.
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November 30, 2011 12:42:19 PM

edrf said:
My current monitor (Acer x223w) only has one DVI port. I would have to switch between the xbox and pc and I think that would be a bit of a pain.

You could get a KVM switch box that would allow you to change just by pressing one button instead of having to swap them - Like this one that even has a remote : LINKIE



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