Monitor vs. TV

By jtr690 ยท 12 replies
Jun 10, 2009
  1. This is my second post. I have decided to build my own custom pc for gaming. I am new to pc gaming and I'm sick of cheap PC's. But I can't figure out what i should get for a player. Right now I have a 4 year old 20" plasma and its time to upgrade. I have a ps3 and 360 and would love to have 1 tv/moniter to save space and money. Keeping it under $1000

    What I would like in a moniter:
    Full 1080p
    Tv Tuner
    HDMI ports
    40" +
    Very good picture quality for pc and ps3/360

    From my researching I've only found one close to any of these

    Only problem is it doesn't have a tv tuner so its just a giant moniter that i cant watch tv on. If i could get this to play tv then i would be all over it.

    Am I just better off getting a really nice 20" monitor and getting a big 40" t.v. later?
    Or Should I go with Something that's all of the above list just small like 26". The reason why i am so concerned with size is because i have pretty bad eyesight already. And a very odd shaped room lol. Or can a TV play just as good as a monitor? Cause that would work for me too. Tell me what you guys think, I'm sure you all know best

    Thx for any help
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Does the $1000 include the PC and monitor or just the monitor? It is possible to include a TV card in you new PC that will allow you to watch TV and see the computer on one monitor
  3. jtr690

    jtr690 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    No just the monitor/tv for $1000, as long as its a monitor with everything on list.
    As for the device you talking about. Do I plug it into pc? Because i just want a monitor that works like a normal tv. I don't plan on keeping my pc on 24/7
    If i can use this monitor that would be awsome. What if i got a cable box and used the composite cables instead of a direct connection. Would that work?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yes, if you had a cable box you'd be able to watch TV normally. What Tmagic was referring to is a TV tuner card you put in your PC, typically a PCI or PCIe card although USB ones are becoming pretty popular. You would need your computer on to watch TV, what you would be doing is passing a TV signal through your computer and onto your display.

    I would be cautious about using a screen that big as your only display though. I can't imagine it looking good for much outside of gaming and video. Text will probably look fairly poor. How far away are you going to be sitting from it? May be worth looking at a 37-40" instead of a 47". I have a Mac Mini hooked up to a 46" and I sit about 8' away, I wouldn't like to use that as my only PC but it is fine for watching movies.
  5. jtr690

    jtr690 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Really... well that doesn't sound great. Maybe Ill just the tv and a small monitor. Im sure i can still watch stuff with it. And it will most likely be a 40 inch
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,971   +2,526

    Best Buy has a 40" Proscan 1080P LCD TV on sale this week for $499.95...!
  7. jtr690

    jtr690 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Wish I could drop $500 on a tv this week but got bills.
    i never really looked at sale stuff. thanks
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I didn't want to 100% shoot your hopes down on a larger tv as a PC monitor, I just wanted to give you my perspective and make you aware that it might be difficult to use for computing tasks other than video/gaming.

    As for the deal sites. There are plenty, but one of the better formatted ones that always has a TV section is may be worth you checking out.
  9. madzach2000

    madzach2000 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    if you can
    i would wait for led screens to get popular and ether get one of those or get an lcd b/c they will get cheaper as led rises
  10. GaZzA1690

    GaZzA1690 TS Rookie

    i have similar problem, my friend told me you can get a multi screen option HDTV that can have for instance ps3 on one side of the tv and laptop/computer on the other.

    must do some research
  11. jtr690

    jtr690 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    I actually more wanted a pc monitor as a tv. But i thought about it and i still want a small monitor for when i just want 2 relax in a nice chair at a desk. Cause if i have a 40" monitor i don't think i should sit 2 feet from it. not a very good idea. My plan is to get a 40" tv 1080p tv for like $600 and then get a 19-22'' high quality monitor.

    When i get all the money of course...
  12. zion21

    zion21 TS Rookie

    Well the main difference between monitors and tvs is
    2)inputs(hdmi, composite, component, svideo, cable tuner)
    3)built in speakers
    If you are looking for a small tv for say a college dorm you really cant beat buying a 22" LCD monitor for $130. Similar size tvs cost around $300. But if you want anything bigger than 26" im going to say buy a LCD tv. They are definitly the best bang for your buck and can still be used as a monitor, but usually not over 720p/1080p res. Hope this helps.
  13. hahas

    hahas TS Rookie

    I think this pal just want a screen to use it as a tv&pc monitor right? they are indeed expensive but i think it's worth... personally i tried it and it's ok (at least around 20-25 inches)
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