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post #1 of 7 Old 05-28-2020, 12:27 PM - Thread Starter
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Advice: Theater or dedicated monitor

Hi all -- hoping to tap the wisdom of the group for some advice.

I'm going to purchase a gaming pc (likely Dell Aurora R11 with an Nvidia 2080Ti 11GB video card).

Question is: should I set it up in my home theater as part of my main system or put it in a different room with a dedicated monitor, desk, etc?

Theater option: I have a dedicated home theater room in the basement with 120" screen, sony 4k projector (4k 60hz capable), and a very nice atmos sound system. Couch seating. Would need to use some combo of game controller and wireless lapboard for kb/mouse. HT equipment is about 15 feet away from seating position and in a closet. Computer would go in the closet.

Desk option: Would get a 38" curved 21:9 monitor and use headphones for sound.

Really interested in what would give the best gaming experience. Any advice would be very helpful -- or if there is more info I can provide to help get to the right answer, happy to do so. Thanks all!
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You need to think hard about your own preferences. PC gaming is well suited for both options.

Personally, I prefer the theater option for non-FPS games. If I'm playing a fast shooter like Doom Eternal, only the desk setup feels right and no lapboard can properly compensate.
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I had the same dilemma at the time.


The very truth is that you should have a dedicated display for PC gaming, console gaming though is fine through TV/PJ.


Now you also have VR as an option. However if you are like me and play
simulations where distant object recognition is critical, VR is a no go, as
even the top of the line Aurora will struggle rendering that level of detail
at a distance. Aditionally if your gaming involves intricate controls such
as aircraft, the haptic feeback simulated keyboard or control gloves are still behind.


My solution is setting up a flight sim cockpit in a corner using an old treadmill as a base with a heavy duty Ergotron wall mount arm for the monitor. I have a 32" Alienware highest end curvie with a TrackIR with LED tracking mounted into my headset. The Blue Yeti Pro (but not the lesser models) provides Foobar ASIO stereo soundcard that renders FLAC radio and files well enough for me to listen to JBRadio2 in 4000kb/s 192kHz while gaming, voice comms are great, teammates never miss a word on the cardioid mic setting. It sits on a studio microphone boom to the left of the screen with the TrackIR LED emitter attached to my AKG702's cable coming out of the top of the mic.

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It depends on the type of game and how much lag you find acceptable. For FPS I would want a monitor and headphones at least for serious use. If it's casual use or more RPG type games, the theater might be cool.

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I mostly game on console. I've gone back and forth between my media room and monitor. I always end up going back to the 106" screen, even for FPS. I just seem to play better on the couch, but that's with controller. With keyboard and mouse there's no question I'd want a monitor.

I think maybe a I need a better monitor for comparison as my 23" 60Hz panel is a bit small even from 2' viewing distance. I'm on the fence about buying a 4K tv in the 43" - 48" range once there are more HDMI 2.1 options. I really wish there was a good 32" or larger 4K monitor with HFR that wasn't priced through the roof. I'll probably wait for the PS5 and new Xbox to release and hopefully there will be some better monitor options to choose from then.

I always use a headset as I usually play in party chat.
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I just discovered Steam Link on my Nvidia Shield TV. I tried it with a couple of dungeon crawlers and I didn't notice any lag or picture issues. Could be an alternative for those looking to have their PC attached to a monitor but still wanting a secondary display in another room.
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Have you thought about gaming on this? Looks perfect for what you're needing.
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