GTX 260 running on HDTV

Hey guys,

So I'm building a computer, and the first part I bought for it was a GTX 260. I found a great deal on it so I got it in advance. Just waiting to go to the store to pick up the other parts. (i7, mobo, etc).

As far as my display goes, I have an oldish 17" CRT monitor that works not bad, but what I was really hoping to do was to use an HDMI connection to plug my tower into my HDTV for gaming. It's a 42" Sony, and it has a native resolution of 720P (not sure what that is in computer resolution). Would I be able to get decent performance by putting it up there? And would it even look decent since it's such a big screen?

I was thinking that just so long as I ran everything in the TV's native res, it would look fine.

Thanks for the help guys!
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  1. At 42" 720p should look very good. When you connect a GTX 260 through the HDMI converter, the card automatically converts the video to 1080/24P which ran on my 720P projector. My screen that I project is about 80-90 inches. I set about 8 feet back and it still looks awesome. The resolution can be changed to 1280x720 at 60 frames which would be 720P and it looks the best. One thing you might find interesting is that a 640x480 signal displayed only using the center 640x480 pixels when I tested my GTX 260 on a 1080P display. What I'm saying is that it wasn't scaled up to fit a 1080P display it had a large black top, bottom, and sides. If you use a 42" display you probably won't be able to sit more than 10 feet back unless you adjust the DPI of the text on screen. A 46" display at 1080P sitting 12' back makes the text unreadable at the default DPI. In short, it will look good. I currently use a 19" display along with a 720P projector though multiple displays can be a bit of trouble.
  2. Thanks for the in depth answer. I will fiddle around with the settings and see whats works best. I will probably only use the HDTV for playing games and watching movies, so I'm not overly concerned with the size of text. For my internet surfing and general computer stuff I'll hook up my regular monitor.
  3. How well would this work on a 26" 720P HDTV?
  4. It will work well on a 720p 26" but you will get much better resolution out of a 26" monitor.
  5. It would be the same as any computer monitor except you have to be able to turn overscan off. This option will go under a lot of different names but without it the taskbar will be mostly cutoff. This confused me the first time I connect my computer through HDMI.
  6. For the record, all resolution is the same whether it be TV, Monitor, or iPod. But with the GTX 260 Core 216 you'll be able to run anything (even Crysis) at 720p fine.
  7. mamw93 said:
    For the record, all resolution is the same whether it be TV, Monitor, or iPod. But with the GTX 260 Core 216 you'll be able to run anything (even Crysis) at 720p fine.

    Please clarify what you mean by this. Monitors have different resolutions than hdtv's and quit a bit different than an Ipod.
  8. yeh could you clarify.
    As HD TVs only go up to 1280 x 768 for 720p and 1920 x 1080 for 1080p.
    While a monitor can go much much higher. Take my 22" LCD monitor, it has been built as a TV so can display 720p and 1080i but unlike a 720p TV my monitor can go up to 1680 x 1050.
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