HDTV or High Res monitor & TV tuner card.

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  1. WorseThenYou

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    Heres the situation:


    I have a Mid-High end gaming PC alreaddy. I want to attach a 1080p or higher resolution TV or Monitor with a 28" screen or more (it can be a bit under 28" just nothing drastically under). Problem Is i dont know the best arrangement.

    Intended use
    near future: Gaming (pc/console), Watching Digital/Analog Cable, DVD quality movies
    the not so near future: In addition to what i listed above, HDTV programing, and hd-dvd/Blu-Ray.

    I geuss from here I will give you my pc specs.
    CPU: Intel e6400 Conroe @3ghz/core
    Motherboard: Abit AW9D-MAX
    Video Card: ATI Asus EAX1950PRO 256 mb GDDR3 PCI-e x16
    Memory: Patriot 2GB DDR2 800
    Audio card: 7.1 HD Audio (with motherboard)
    Optical: dvd player, cd burner/player (i cant remember brand name or specs but I think its irrelevant, I can check if need be)
    Hard Drives: 1x WD Raptor 150GB 10,000RPM SATAI; 1x WD Caviar 320GB 7,200 RPM ultra IDE.
    Speakers: None, At the moment (see Upgrades)


    Future Upgrades (other than monitor/tv stuff) and reasoning
    Video card: 1x ATI Asus EAX1950PRO 256 mb GDDR3 PCI-e x16 : If I am playing games on a 1080P monitor/TV I am probably going to need more power
    Speakers: 1x Logitech z-5500 : from what i have read These are good speakers and are what i plan on getting right now, if you have any imput here, plz.
    Storage: ~1TB HDD space for movies or ~500GB /w a DVDBurner optical drive: I think im just guna get a bunch of harddrive space, cd/dvds are annoying and get stolen

    Ok Now for the Fun stuff. There are two arraingements that I have thought about
    1) Get a tv, Concerns: Price, I need a cable tuner inside the tv, might be a bit too big, Must have about a 6ms response time. Positives: better quality, less strain on the computer.
    2) get a Computer Monitor and TV tuner card, Concerns: Tuner card must be PCI-e x1 interface (limited room in computer case with 2 video cards) Monitor will be smaller and probably made from a lower quality tft panel. Tuner card quality, Computer strain. Positives: Ability to record TV, Probably cheaper, higher flexability.

    Other thoughts: no real need for an HDTV tuner yet because most HD service comes with one. Im also looking for somthing that will last.

    Im looking for your imput on which setup you think would be better and which TV, or Monitor/TV card combo would be best. Price range is probably about $1000 (for the TV, or Monitor/TV card combo only)
     
  2. Leslie999

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    I don't think you'll find many 1080p TVs for $1000 for a while yet, but there are plenty of 24 inch 1920x1200 monitors around in your price range and a few 27 inch models, although these may be over your budget. If you can't find a PCI express TV card, you could go for a USB one, they are cheap and should do the job just as well.
     
  3. WorseThenYou

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    well i have found a few. The avermedia ones come with pretty good reviews, however I have never heard of the company before, so i was sceptical. I know that 1080p tv's are a little more then my budget right now. however i have also heard that lcd's are probably going to hit rock bottom prices in december/january. so how bout hypothetically my price range is now $1200, thinking that i am going to buy in the winter.
     
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    Just for info, if you are in the states there is an equivalent to this site called avsforum. http://www.avsforum.com/

    Whilst i dont want to get rid of you( :hiya: ), it might worth you looking on there too for any US specifics, ie Model numbers, prices and stores etc.
     

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