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Which graphics card should I get to run a panasonic 50' plasma?

We want to maybe use our panasonic 50" plasma tv as our computer monitor with our pc...but with the ATI fireGL graphics card, we can only get 800x600, which looks, well, HUGE. I realize plasma monitors have larger pixels, and I"m not sure if this is going to work...but I'm wondering if I got a 512 mb graphics card, if we can get this looking CLOSE to the size on our normal computer lcd monitors...it might be GREAT, I don't mind if the text is a LITTLE bigger...

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  • morganomega Jan 02, 2009

    I'm hoping to get a MUCH bigger 'dimension' than 1440x900...but this unit has giant pixels, and I don't know if its ever going to look like my viewsonic lcd...hopefully it will be useable as a computer monitor,I guess once I pop a 256 or 512 mb video card in there, I'll find out. I'm guessing that a 256 might be fine, but I'm not sure. do you think a 512 will give me large dimension (that actually WORK) or do you think the 256 is enough..the maximum resolution listed for this plasma monitor is actually NOT that big...probably due to the giant sized pixels...

  • morganomega Jan 02, 2009

    we have PANASONIC TH-50px80u
    50" plasma hdtv
    we're trying to use for the daw

    we might go back to our 3 19" lcd flat panels
    which will give me more square footage here....

    actually, I'm REALLY really hoping to get more than 1440x900 on this plasma tv here, because if that's all I can get on a 50" plasma display...
    its WAY better to have 3 lcd monitors instead...and the plasma can go in the movie room somewhere

    looking for alot of screen real estate definitely
    not sure if the plasma is an UPGRADE in that regard

    we thought the plasma 50" would give us more than 2 lcd 19" or something,
    because its pretty huge at 50" there
    but now I'm thinking about using 3 19-22 inch LCD panels
    instead of the plasma 50"

    I might switch back to 3 lcd monitors

    instead of the plasma
    IF it will give me MORE real estate

    we can try the 256 mb and see how that looks I guess
    since my friend has one I can use
    but I"m wondering how to measure this









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A better video card will allow more dimensions like 1440x900 or something bigger, which will make it look better, but it wont make the size of the screen any smaller.

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  • mircenaj Jan 02, 2009

    256 is enough(thats what i have, its good). I have a 40inch lcd tv and i get 1440x900 because of the pixels. It will look good from far away, but once you go close up you can sort of see the pixels. The monitor will always look better because its smaller.

  • mircenaj Jan 02, 2009

    You'll see what i mean once you borrow the video card from your friend. It will give you more space then your old video card, but it is going to be around the same as a 19" widescreen, it might look big, but then again, the windows are going to be big. Just wait until you get it, and please reply back, id like to hear how it looks. :)

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