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Buying Monitor, Advice Needed

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#1 MickinPlymouthUK


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Posted 28 July 2007 - 04:41 PM

Hi, I'm fed up going crosseyed trying to see stuff on my 6-yr-old 17" monitor screen, so am going to buy a bigger one next week and would welcome any advice as I'm chronically PC-illiterate and therefore at the mercy of "lets milk the mug dry" dealers..
Firstly, is 26" the biggest, that's what I'd like?
What sort of price range are they? ( I don't want anything fancy)
Or should I consider a cheaper second-hand job? Again, what sort of price would you say is reasonable?
Whatever I buy, I just plug it straight into my PC right? Or do I have to load new monitor software and juggle settings etc?
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 04:51 PM

Actually, I would find out the maximum resolution and color depth that your video card supports. right click on an open area of your desktop, click properties, click the settings tab. If your video card does not support the monitor's maximum resolution, having a larger monitor may not improve anything, especially if you are getting a lcd monitor. Make sure that the monitor supports DVI and VGA, and also comes with the cable. WinXP should automatically detect your new monitor, and install it or ask you for the disk if needed.

as far as prices are concerned, it is hard for me to say what is good in the UK.
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 05:35 PM

A 26" LCD comes in the $1000-$1500 price range. I believe the biggest monitors are 30". You can go bigger than that, up to 40"-50", by getting a HDTV and using it as a monitor. Or even bigger by doing like a buddy of mine and getting a projector and putting a screen on the wall and hooking that up to the computer.
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Posted 28 July 2007 - 07:02 PM

In fact the only reason I need a bigger mon is so that I can read the text and see the graphics in 1024-minimum simulations and games, and a bigger screen is the only way to enlarge the graphics..
I'm fine with good old 800x600, but a lot of newer stuff only runs in 1024 and is near-impossible to read, like looking down the wrong end of a telescope..

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 07:20 AM

I use a 32" Sharp Aquos TV as my monitor (because of vision problems) and it works just fine. I cannot see the entire POST screen when the PC boots, but believe that's because I'm using the HDMI input rather than the VGA one (and am too lazy to mess with it). Most TV's these days will have an input for the PC. I believe that 32" is the biggest that you can use at normal viewing distance (2 -3 feet) - but that's just my opinion.

As for what's best, the determining factor should be your eyes, Go to the local computer store/TV store and check out what they've got on display. If the prices are too steep, write the make & model numbers down and see if you can find a cheaper price elsewhere.
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Posted 29 July 2007 - 10:53 AM

You will probably be able to find a 25-32 inch hdtv online at around 500 - 700 dollars. I would think they would work fine for your needs. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Westinghouse-SK-32H2...298&sr=1-22

Just so you know, with this you would also need a dvi --> hdmi cable, which can be bought pretty cheaply wholesale online. Try cablewholesale.com, I recently bought a 50 foot dvi --> hdmi cable there for around 50 dollars, great quality and makes the run perfectly.

(cable link) http://www.cablewholesale.com/catalog/hdmianddvicable.htm

Edited by T, 29 July 2007 - 10:55 AM.

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