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Old 02-11-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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Alright well I just bought this new JVC LCD TV. I asked a guy at American and he said that I was able to use this as a computer monitor, but he just said I need the right graphics card. I was just wondering what you guys have to say about it? Can I even use this tv as a monitor? And if I can.. What cards should I be looking at?

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Old 02-11-2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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Any card with an s-video output will be able to hookup to the tv. When you are buying your new gfx card make sure you look for this feature. If you don't game then a low-end card with an s-video output would work just fine. Once you get your card you will need an s-video cable to go from the s-video port on your gfx card to the s-video port on the tv.

EDIT: you will also want to check whether your motherboard uses AGP or PCI-Express to determine which video card you need. If your looking for a low-end AGP card with s-video this should do just fine:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814241057

Here is a cheap PCI-Express card with s-video output:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102721

Of course if you like to game then you will want a nicer video card, but those two are perfectly fine for just hooking your tv up to your computer. Don't forget an s-video cable too!
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:21 PM   #3
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Alright well I usually just game with my xbox. (That i actually just got the "Ring of Death" with today) So I will just go back and fourth between the 2. But what if i were to get another 17 inch monitor or so and have 2 monitors do I just need another graphics card?
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Old 02-11-2008, 03:26 PM   #4
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No you don't need to buy two graphics card. Your motherboard probably has integrated graphics or an independent gfx card with at least one port for a monitor already.

So when you buy a new gfx card and install it, then you will have two ports for a monitor. Meaning you only have to buy one gfx card, not two.
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Alright cool, thats what I was thinking, but just making sure.

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That JVC LCD TV has two HDMI ports. To connect a video card to it, you could use a DVI - HDMI converter cable like this one: DVI MALE TO HDMI MALE BLACK 3FT CABLE.

Most all new video cards have at least one DVI connector. It would provide a much better picture than the S-Video connection.
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oh nice dude thanks a lot... You think gaming would be good on a 42" lcd. man that sounds kinda crazy.
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Should be pretty cool as long as your video card supports the native resolution of the TV. It does have a 5ms response rate which is great for gaming.
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TVs can't offer the resolution of a monitor though so it might not be great quality.
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I think I could always get a smaller monitor too can't I? Will a gfx card be able to support 2 monitors and one being 42"?
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