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Windows 7: Questions about HDMI and gaming

23 Apr 2010   #1
j1n

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Questions about HDMI and gaming

Howdy all gamers

I was curious if there exists any latency if/when you plug in your rig to a TV via HDMI. Im contemplating buying a 32in HDTV with HDMI support so I can play my games in full. Also I understand that TV's dont have as high resolutions as compared to LCD monitors but I am just curious if it would make a very big visual difference, as Im not really a visualphile but I do want my games to look as good as possible! Thanks

j1n


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23 Apr 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

If you're buying a good brand of TV and not some obscure chinese knockoff then you shouldn't about 98% have any lag in the display, however there are a few other things you will have to consider.

TV Safe Area
As you are going to use HDMI, your TV may cut off the edges of the screen which in most cases means you can't see the the task bar or other important onscreen things; some TVs don't cut it off at all, some have a built in correction system to compensate for it but many for TVs there is no way round this problem.
My advice to you would be to read some reviews and if possible go into a shop and see if does sufferer from this problem.

Workload
Gaming at 720p, 1080i or 1080p can be very demanding on your CPU and GPU, this will most likely not be a problem for you, you're PC seams to be capable of doing this however there is a small chance that running everything at the highest detail will cause the frame rate to slow down.

Quality over Quantity
TVs are designed to be viewed from a distance and look good from a distance where as Windows 7 is designed to be viewed up close with a high pixel density screen, this carries over to most games as well.
I would seriously consider looking at a smaller HD monitor, possibly a 22" one which can achieve 1080p. HannsG make excellent HD monitors which are sleek, reliable and relatively cheap. A 32" monitor would have to achieve a huge resolution to maintain the quality of the 22" one.

I hope this is of any use to you.

Oli
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23 Apr 2010   #3
j1n

win7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
If you're buying a good brand of TV and not some obscure chinese knockoff then you shouldn't about 98% have any lag in the display, however there are a few other things you will have to consider.

TV Safe Area
As you are going to use HDMI, your TV may cut off the edges of the screen which in most cases means you can't see the the task bar or other important onscreen things; some TVs don't cut it off at all, some have a built in correction system to compensate for it but many for TVs there is no way round this problem.
My advice to you would be to read some reviews and if possible go into a shop and see if does sufferer from this problem.

Workload
Gaming at 720p, 1080i or 1080p can be very demanding on your CPU and GPU, this will most likely not be a problem for you, you're PC seams to be capable of doing this however there is a small chance that running everything at the highest detail will cause the frame rate to slow down.

Quality over Quantity
TVs are designed to be viewed from a distance and look good from a distance where as Windows 7 is designed to be viewed up close with a high pixel density screen, this carries over to most games as well.
I would seriously consider looking at a smaller HD monitor, possibly a 22" one which can achieve 1080p. HannsG make excellent HD monitors which are sleek, reliable and relatively cheap. A 32" monitor would have to achieve a huge resolution to maintain the quality of the 22" one.

I hope this is of any use to you.

Oli
Thanks Oli

That answered alot of my questions, as I am stationed at a job here in China I was almost considering to buy a Chinese brand, but Im glad I posted here and asked about this before making a decision. I'll just spend some extra bucks and by a Sharp or a LG as their are trusted brands.

I have a Qosmion x505-q860 lappie that has a Nvidia GTS360m video card, hopefully this thing can put up with the task load thats coming its way.

The reason why I want a 32 inch is because a 22inch wouldnt be that much of an upgrade from my 18inch laptop (its a beast I know), and I want to put the TV at the foot of my bed on top of an armoire so I can play games, watch movies, surf the net all from the comfort of my bed with a wireless keyboard/mouse combo.

Once again thanks for your input, was very knowledgeable.

j1n
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23 Apr 2010   #4
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Hi again I'm glad I could help you, thanks for the compliment

The chances are you already know all this stuff by now but it's just my policy to give this explanation to all new members I help about marking threads as solved etc.

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Best wishes.

Oli
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23 Apr 2010   #5
Heroxoot

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Just be sure to have enough Vram to keep up with it. Bigger res means more Vram rape.
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23 Apr 2010   #6
j1n

win7 64bit
 
 

Another question I have is am I able to chose where my audio source is? I want to use the HDMI for video and still use the stock sound card on my laptop to out put to the speakers. Just wondering if that was possible
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23 Apr 2010   #7
Everlong

 

Yea you can. In Windows, just right click on the speaker icon on your task bar, click "playback devices" and just set the sound source you want as default, and you'll be good to go.
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23 Apr 2010   #8
Heroxoot

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post
Yea you can. In Windows, just right click on the speaker icon on your task bar, click "playback devices" and just set the sound source you want as default, and you'll be good to go.
For the record, it should show as "digital audio" or something.
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