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I Need Your Help Since I Am Looking Into Getting For My Desktop Computer A Second Monitor Or Specifically A Smaller 19 Inch LED-LCD 720p 60Hz HDTV?

Issue: Hello. I am looking in getting another monitor for my desktop computer. My desktop computer is custom made (ASUS P5Q - standard /regular version of the P5Q series) computer. I currently have a 19 inch Samsung SyncMaster930B monitor. I have been shopping around and I found a Philips 19 inch Class LED-LCD 720p 60Hz HDTV that has a PC input that you can connect your TV to a computer by a VGA cable and use the TV as a PC monitor. It sounds great to me. I have a XFX ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card that has Full DirectX 11 support, ATI Eyefinity Technology Support, PCI Express 2.1, 1080p Full HD, display port, HDMI, 7.1 HD surround sound, 1 GB GDDR5.Here is a weblink of my graphics card on Newegg.com since XFX does not do a very good job describing this graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150467  I have Windows 7 64-bit operating system.

I had to provide as much details as I possibly can to you since I KNOW HAVE TO KNOW this. Now, this raises some questions I need to ask you.


1. I am looking to get two useful functions instead of one by buying an computer compatible LED-LCD TV:  (1) a monitor and (2) a LED-LCD ‘INSTEAD’ of buying ‘JUST’ a computer monitor. (a) What do you think of getting a combination of two useful functions instead of just a computer monitor? (b) Are there any benefits/advantages of having a combination TV and computer monitor in one or not? (c) What are the disadvantages? (d) Any suggestions you can add?

2. (a) If I was looking at another similar small 19-22 inch LED-LCD TV that offers 1080p and not 720p, what more would I gain (what benefits) or disadvantages with a 1080p LED-LCD TV over a 720p LED-LCD TV FROM THE PERSPECTIVE FOR COMPUTER USAGE? (b) What disadvantages (or advantages) do I have with a 720p LED-LCD TV over a 1080p LED-LCD TV?

3. I have been finding that most of these LED-LCD TV that has a PC input that you can connect your TV to a computer – usually by a VGA type connection I am finding when I am looking at the smaller LED-LCD TVs. My XFX Radeon HD 5670 graphics card supports ATI Eyefinity technology supporting up to three monitors. Again, here is a weblink of my graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150467 The graphics card has three port connections: (1) HDMI, (1) DisplayPort, (1) DVI per the weblink. I am currently using the DVI port to my current computer monitor I stated above with a DVI cable in digital signal. (a) How would I connect to a LED-LCD TV that offers a VGA connection type now from either the remaining graphics card connections (Yes, no VGA port connection on my graphics card)? (b) Is there some possible adapter I can use? Can you tell me or provide me a weblink to such an adapter? (c) Can you suggest something better that I can do like looking into a different LED-LCD TV or can I make this arrangement work?  

Please comment.

Thank you!                  
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Most Valuable Expert 2013
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The TV is fine as a 2nd display.    Your video card, however, does not have a VGA output (as you know) ... but it does have an HDMI output.     Simply get an HDMI cable and connect it to the TV via HDMI (assuming the TV you're looking at has an HDMI input).     Depending on the TV, you may have to adjust for overscan in the display settings ... but it will work just fine.
Gary CaseRetired
Most Valuable Expert 2013
Top Expert 2009
... as for pros/cons of a dual use device => clearly if you're using it as a TV you've just lost your 2nd monitor.     But other than that it's fine.   It will work as well as any other display with the same resolution (1280 x 720).     A 1080p unit would have 1920 x 1080 pixels => but on a unit that size the 720p is probably preferable -- the display elements would likely be too small on a higher resolution display.


Hello. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions promptly and completely!