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November 9, 2008 3:58:47 PM

Ok I have been looking at 32" tv's for mainly PC gaming and a little TV. But I can't find anywhere what the difference would be between the two when using it on the computer. Really my question is will 1080p make my PC games look noticeably better vs 720p. Please explain the answer so I can understand it. Thanks!

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November 9, 2008 4:33:21 PM

720p and 1080p are resolutions, and are in progressive scan, hence the p

720p is 1280x720, correct me if im wrong
and 1080p is 1920x1080

if you've ever increased your resolution on a computer, you can see how the quality improves as you put it higher..

of course there are people that say 720p and 1080p are pretty much the same under 50", but i think its very noticeable on monitors... i think it all depends on how far your going to be playing from the 32", and i doubt you'll be playing any closer than 2 feet... 720p should suffice for a 32"
November 9, 2008 4:45:10 PM

I disagree if your going to be sitting this on a desk and using it like a computer monitor it would definitly be worth getting one with a higher resolution as long as price isn't an issue. As long as you had the hardware to run it yes your games will look drastically better. Your pretty much doubling the amount of detail you will get see. Proportionally a 32inch 720 resolution is just not anywhere near enough for a computer monitor. It is fine for a tv that you would be several feet away from. Honestly I feel that 1080 is also pretty small for that size which is why most 30inch computer monitor are 2560 x 1600 in resolution. But going with a 1920 x 1080 32inch TV is the only way to get the size factor and a good resolutions at a reasonable price. If you are sitting closer than 4 feet definitly go 1080 if you can afford the increase in price.
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November 9, 2008 4:46:53 PM

I was presented with the same problem a month ago, and I decided that I'll be getting Samsung LN37A450 or LN40A450 (depending on availability and pricing when I get the money :p ), both are 1366x768 HDTVs.

Even though games would probably look better in a 1080p screen, I'd also need a graphics setup to go along, right now I can't afford to get a Crossfire setup or an HD 4850/4870 X2. Since I only have an HD 4850, I should more than capable of running any of the latest titles with max settings at 4x or 8x AA on a 720p screen, and that is enough for me to be honest.

Basically, if you have the graphics setup to feed a 1080p screen, then go for it and don't look back. However if you are like me with a good midrange setup and don't mind the slight loss of quality (debatable, depending on how far you plan to be seating) then go for a 720p screen.
November 9, 2008 4:56:48 PM

....... 1920x1080 is a small resolution

1280x720 is laptop territory and fit for a 9600gt


1920x1080 with a 4850 only one game will see lower then 30 fps and thats CRYSIS.



dont be a fool and get a 1280x720 my thinkpad from 2005 has that resolution with an ATI 9200se

November 9, 2008 5:04:15 PM

720p is a resolution of 1280x720, which is actually quite small. I expect you would sincerely miss the additional resolution of a 1080p screen (or other higher resolution).
November 9, 2008 5:24:55 PM

Any talk about 720p being enough for sub 50" screens is only true for movies. I have 1080p at 42" and it is only barely enough imo. Graphics have come to a point where we should be able to do without clearly visible jaggies. Adding AA helps compensate at lower res, but it is not optimal and not always possible.
November 9, 2008 5:35:57 PM

I have the sharp aquos LC32-GP1U 32" gaming monitor 1080p. I love it, only thing I would recommend is try to get a monitor with 120hz. Mine is only 60hz, but I still love it... it's dedicated to my PC only.. :)  I have an 47"
XBR5 for my living room.
November 9, 2008 5:49:34 PM

720p is 1280 x 720 resolution. 1080p is 1920x1080. The ratio is off, but 720p is around the native resolution of 15-17 inch computer monitor, and 1080p is around the resolution of 19 inch monitor. TVs are much bigger but use those same resolution, since you're not supposed to stare at the screen close up. :p 
November 9, 2008 5:52:00 PM

eklipz330 said:
720p and 1080p are resolutions, and are in progressive scan, hence the p

720p is 1280x720, correct me if im wrong
and 1080p is 1920x1080

if you've ever increased your resolution on a computer, you can see how the quality improves as you put it higher..

of course there are people that say 720p and 1080p are pretty much the same under 50", but i think its very noticeable on monitors... i think it all depends on how far your going to be playing from the 32", and i doubt you'll be playing any closer than 2 feet... 720p should suffice for a 32"



I will be sitting about 2 ft away from the monitor.
November 9, 2008 5:53:08 PM

One more question, what type of video card could run this tv?
November 9, 2008 6:14:38 PM

HD 4850 X2 or HD 4870 X2.
November 9, 2008 7:17:40 PM

A single 4850 is fine on 1080p - it will only struggle on the most demanding of titles. I would always go for the higher res if possible.
November 9, 2008 7:52:21 PM

Ask yourself this, do you like playing at 60fps average or 30 fps average, because that is REALLY what counts here. A lot of people will say a HD 4850 will do, but that's because they think 30fps is good enough. To me 30fps average dropping to the teens doesn't cut it when I play games.

So before you decide on anything, consider your needs.
November 9, 2008 8:08:34 PM

what type of video card would run a 720p?
November 9, 2008 9:30:57 PM

emp I can only think of one game that the 4850 doesnt produce over 45 FPS on average at 1920 x 1200


please do enlighten me if im wrong.
November 10, 2008 12:32:15 AM

Macer I can think of 3 games but I still think its the best card for either case 1920x1080 or 1280x720 also 1366x768 which ever the resolution is. Many would say a 4850 is a little strong for the 720 or 768 but at this resolution especially with a 32 inch screen AA becomes really important so todays demanding titles could use the extra power. Still say definitly go 1920x1080 though
November 10, 2008 12:57:38 AM

radguy for argument sake which games...
November 10, 2008 1:36:00 AM

sorry umm crysis of course, Farcry 2, and stalker clear sky I believe you can't run at 45 fps at 1920 x 1200.
November 10, 2008 1:46:07 AM

I think im wrong about stalker if you don't enable aa but even with a 32inch at 1920x1080 I would think aa might start to make a significant visual impact just my opinion though
November 10, 2008 3:15:21 AM

+1 :) 
November 10, 2008 3:24:08 AM

emp said:
Ask yourself this, do you like playing at 60fps average or 30 fps average, because that is REALLY what counts here. A lot of people will say a HD 4850 will do, but that's because they think 30fps is good enough. To me 30fps average dropping to the teens doesn't cut it when I play games.

So before you decide on anything, consider your needs.


Considering that a 4850 outdoes an 8800 ultra (which used to be considered more than enough for that res), I'd say it's plenty for all but the latest and most demanding games fully cranked at near 60fps on 1080P. The only games I can think of that wouldn't achieve that kind of framerate are Crysis (both original and warhead), and possibly Stalker: Clear Sky. All other games will run perfectly, fully cranked at that res without a problem. Even Crysis will run fine on high settings at that res, though not very high.
November 10, 2008 5:05:14 PM

I actually have a 32 inch 1080p TV as my main monitor right now. It's almost impossible to read anything when you're sitting more than 8 feet away at 1080p. Seriously, it's like reading the fine print on a check from 8 feet away, it's just not happening.

That being said, if I was sitting 2-3 feet from it, then being in 1080p would be absolutely amazing for the setup. As far as games are concerned, it looks a bit better, but there's a definitely a performance decrease.

If your TV supports 1366x768(1360x768), that's a great middle ground between the two resolutions.
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