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September 9, 2010 5:50:23 AM

Hi all

I am waiting for parts from NewEgg for my first build. I am planning on using my Samsung 26" HDTV as a monitor. I know the resolution is 1920 x 1080 according to the specs

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/office/monitors/prem...


I was wondering is it possible for the first time i boot up the computer can I use my tv or do I need to use a 04' monitor I have laying around? I'm using a Sapphire Radeon Hd 5770

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also I'm currently reading up on how to correctly connect the too and from my understanding so far a simple HDMI to HDMI connection would work correct? But does that include sound?

Any advice is appreciated thanks
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September 9, 2010 7:21:26 AM

Just hook it up and it should work fine. You don't need a standard monitor, but it may look a little funky on your TV before the graphics drivers are set up.

ATI has drivers to support sending audio over hdmi. Your graphics card supports this feature:

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?leg=&...
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September 9, 2010 2:22:42 PM

Also, it's almost certain that you will need to play with the buried scaling options in CCC when using an HDTV as a monitor. By default, the scaling is set to underscan and you'll have black bars around your desktop. If you can't find the scaling option tab, post back and I'll walk you through it.
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September 9, 2010 4:07:37 PM

wielander said:
Just hook it up and it should work fine. You don't need a standard monitor, but it may look a little funky on your TV before the graphics drivers are set up.

ATI has drivers to support sending audio over hdmi. Your graphics card supports this feature:

http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?leg=&...



Thanks good to hear
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September 9, 2010 4:11:33 PM

rwpritchett said:
Also, it's almost certain that you will need to play with the buried scaling options in CCC when using an HDTV as a monitor. By default, the scaling is set to underscan and you'll have black bars around your desktop. If you can't find the scaling option tab, post back and I'll walk you through it.



I just looked up real quick what the CCC is. Catalyst control center? I shouldn't have much trouble finding it once the part get here and I finish the build I will make a note to remember to check the scaling. If its set to underscan the solution is to set the bar to 0% correct?

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 9, 2010 4:13:43 PM

Yes, 0% will get rid of the black borders.

For some reason it is set to 15% underscan by default.
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