okay i want to hook my computer up to my big screen tv, will tv-out capabilities let me turn my big screen into my COMPUTER monitor? i know its a noob question, look at my name

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  1. yes, but don't expect it to be particularly good for anything other than some gaming and watching movies. Games will have to run in low res.

    Even HD TVs have low max resolutions compared to a decent PC monitor. It'll not really be any good for surfing the 'net or anything.

    Worthwhile for movie watching though. Almost all the mid and high-end cards have TV-Out these days.
  2. I mostly agree with chipdeath, although if you do have a good HDTV - say with 1080i - in my opinion it's not all that bad to use as a monitor for simple stuff like surfing. Games can be a riot, too.

    But don't expect to edit images or do serious work on the bugger.

    And if it's not an HDTV, you can pretty much only use it for console ports with big text, like Need for Speed titles or what have you. It will be very, very blurry, and you probably won't be able to read simple windows text even at 640x480 res.
  3. this is entirely possible and actually quite easy. as others have said tho, you will want a front end (like MythTV) that will make things like reading text, and accessing HTPC style apps easy, and in general make the system functional.
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