I'm planning on building a computer soon and I thinking about buying a 40 inch monitor and sitting 7-15 feet away from it in a recliner. The monitor is an Toshiba 40RV525R 40" Full HD LCD TV - 1080p, 1920x1080, 10000:1 Dynamic, 16:9, 3 x HDMI, S-Video, PC Input, which is an HDTV. Going to probably have a Radeon 8500 and an i7 processor. I'm worried about viewing text on programs and browsing the internet. Not sure if I'll have complications or not, any advice?
The minimum and maximum recommended viewing distance of a 40" TV is 5' to 9'. For a 15' viewing distance, a 60" screen is recommended. Keep that in mind when setting up your system.
If the video card has it, an HDMI to HDMI connection would be preferred but a DVI to HDMI cable or converter will work just as well.
If you have the Radeon with 128MB VRAM, that might be the bare minimum for a 1080p picture and resolution.
Text on programs and internet browsing can be adjusted through the OS. Both Windows and Linux allows you to customize the default font size, icon size, icon spacing, text shadowing, window sizes, menu styles, etc. So, with some time and a little tweaking, you can customize the windows GUI to meet your viewing needs.