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I know that if you hook up a computer to a TV with the regular video output it doesn't look good.


But is there any way to use a computer on a TV, specifically for games, that would have as good a quality as a monitor (or at least close)? What if your video card has component video outputs and you hooked it up to an HDTV, would that give you good picture quality? Is there any way to do what I want to do, or is it hopeless?


My dream is to play computer games on a big screen TV or with a projector! :)
 

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On an HDTV it should look a lot better than a regular TV. The same might apply to plasma or LCD. I've only connected my PC to TV once to watch a movie and while it was acceptable, the desktop looked like crap.
 

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Projectors generally HAVE a connection for PC, especially the digital ones.

Many TV's that are HD now have some kind of PC type connection. If you look at BEST BUY they have over 50 models with VGA type or DVI type connections.
 

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mrtgamer,


For the best picture on an HDTV, you will want to use a DVI connection. Many of the HDTVs will give you pretty good resolutions, but will need to be custom made. See here for a good exampe: http://tigerdave.com/custom_res.htm


DLP/LCD/Plasma TVs and most projectors will look better because they will have a native resolution of 1280x720 (720p) and this looks awesome. Here is a sample of a 1280x720 image. An actual screen shot looks a bit better due to the fact that I had to optimize that image before uploading so a real shot has more brightness/contrast. My HTPC is hooked up to a DLP projector that is showing a 106" widescreen image.

http://forum.**********/photopost/data/500/81XMPopt.gif
 

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Thank you! I'm going to purchase that ATI HDTV Component Adapter right away. I can't wait to play games on a big screen. hehe
 

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My dream is to play computer games on a big screen TV
BUY A SAMSUNG DLP.


I'm a fairly hardcore pc gamer, and my monitors languish in my storage room since I hooked up my HLN617W via DVI to my computer. DVI > component.


I've had no real problems with my setup, only thing you have to do is create a monitor driver using powerstrip, and with the sammys, you don't need powerstrip after that. But you do need the driver to address all the resolutions the tv is capable of, the plug-n-play monitor driver won't do that for you.


Seriously, I believe some folks at Samsung are serious gamers, look into their DLPs, I can't recommend them enough for gaming.
 

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BUY A SAMSUNG DLP.
I cannot second this advice enough.


I haven't used my monitor for PC gaming since the day I bought my 50" Sammy DLP. I essentially have a 50" widescreen monitor now and could never go back to PC gaming on some 17" screen.


Do a search on this site for Unofficial Samsung DLP Guide by Arungupta and you will get some info from that, and check out their website for more information.


You are essentially buying a television that is also a native widescreen PC monitor too. I have no regrets about buying this thing and haven't looked back since.
 

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Komoto, what resolutions have you achieved with your Samsung? I plan to build an HTPC for my HLN567 and it will be used for PC gaming.
 

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I always shoot for the native resolution of 1280x720. The plan is to use scene processing (anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering and whatnot), but right now my system is bottlenecked by my geforce4 ti4400 (way overclocked, past ti4600 speeds). I can play games with all the bells and whistles OR scene processing, but not both.


Once I upgrade the video card (hurry IRS, hurry!), I'll be in the sweet spot. The PC is an AMD XP 3000+ (barton 400fsb), 1Gb PC3200, Asus A7N8X-Deluxe Rev 2.0 motherboard (sweet, sweet dolby digital surround :)). I'm also using large low rpm fans for lowering overall system sound, and it works well, even with my overclocked parts.


After creating the monitor driver, I have a wide variety of resolutions available, if I weren't such a lazy bastage, I'd look into that more. But 1280x720 seems to be perfect to me, except for some minor aliasing. Standard resolutions like 640x480 and 800x600 also work just fine (for games contrained by hard coded menu resolutions).
 

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I also reccomend creating the monitor driver. I was going nuts trying to get BF1942 working in 720p, and I finally got it by creating a monitor driver with powerstrip that supports 720p.


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Thanks! I've read several posts on these forums where people have only achieved 1280 x 720 and 800 x 600. If it's also possible to get 640 x 480 I should be covered. I've been itching to do some PC gaming on my HLN567 since I bought it in August.
 

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On my system, 640x480 is not available in windows, but when I switch into games I can switch to 640x480. You may be able to unlock this in windows with powerstrip.


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I have the 60" Sony GWII and it is set for 1280 x 720. What games will play at this resolution? I tried some Casino games over the weekend and all I got was a black screen.


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