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I'm buying my first HDTV and need some advice ...

Most things I will watch on this TV will come from lower-res sources: 700-1.3 GB AVIs output from my PC via HDMI.

For this type of use, would 720p actually be better than 1080p?

(since less upsizing willl be needed)
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I assume you have a monitor with at least 1920x1080 resolution - most of modern wide-screen displays are like that.

Since your PC will be doing all the up-conversion - just run these AVIs on your PC and check it out, it will look exactly the same on your 1080p TV like on your PC monitor.

Needless to say, if you can get your hands on 720p or 1080p MKV files of the same content you'll enjoy it much more.
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I assume you have a monitor with at least 1920x1080 resolution - most of modern wide-screen displays are like that.

Since your PC will be doing all the up-conversion - just run these AVIs on your PC and check it out, it will look exactly the same on your 1080p TV like on your PC monitor.

Needless to say, if you can get your hands on 720p or 1080p MKV files of the same content you'll enjoy it much more.

But would these lower-res videos coming from the PC look better on a 720p TV than a 1080p TV?
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Since you are connecting your PC directly to your TV, it will be your PC that will be performing upscaling, not your TV, so contents will look just as same as if you have been watching them with your laptop's screen.

With that said, today's monitors and TVs have adequate internal scalers, it should't matter too much.

Btw, downscaling is a lot more merciful than upscaling, so getting a 720P TV and either upscaling low res contents or downscaling 1080p contents are no problem either. You can't go wrong with either resolutions.

...Now if they were classic console games, that's different story.
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But would these lower-res videos coming from the PC look better on a 720p TV than a 1080p TV?

not really, they would have to be rescaled in either case.
some 1080p sets might have a higher quality scaler.
Remember also the so-called 720p TVs are often in reality 1366x768 native resolution, requiring scaling for all formats.
At least with 1080p native, scaling isn't required for 1080i/1080p sources.
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If it looks good on your pc then expect the same on the TV... you should try native HD stuff, from what I read it's pretty good.
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