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Guys,

I'm kicking around the idea of replacing my 3 - 27 inch monitors with a single 43 inch UHD TV.

1. Don't use the 3 monitors for flying any longer now that I have VR.

2. I have a "spare" 43 inch UHD TV still in the box. No senator I don't know how it fell out of the back of the  truck. 😁

So does any one have experience using a TV as a monitor. From what I have researched, possible delay in mouse responsive, and graphic issues when doing documents seems to be the main draw back.

Can anyone confirm issues if they are doing this, should it NOT be done, should it BE done?

Thanks for the feedback!!

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Snaggle,

   I've been using a TV for years. Started with a 32", now using a 42" since buying a new TV  for the den.  I've noticed no difference at all from a standard monitor. I will tell you that the one I'm using is several years old, refresh rate is only 60hz but even that has not been a real issue for me. 

  FWIW I'd say give it a shot. 

 GC

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43 minutes ago, J5_Gamecock said:

 I've been using a TV for years. Started with a 32", now using a 42" since buying a new TV  for the den.  I've noticed no difference at all from a standard monitor. I will tell you that the one I'm using is several years old, refresh rate is only 60hz but even that has not been a real issue for me. 

I'm with GC, I used to use a 60 Hz 32" monitor before what I have now, and I'm seriously considering going to a 43" TV again (that is the maximum size I can fit on my space, and it's only about 2 feet away from my eyes anyway).  I'm pretty sure Butzzell uses a big TV; and for all the supposed gain of having an actual gaming monitor, I haven't seen anything that I consider game-changing in doing so, and honestly I think the color might actually be better on the TV.

I think strictly with regard to "our" game, having the larger size is the one thing that you're really going to be the most happy with and what's going to help you the most; and the price difference between an actual gaming monitor and a regular TV is so striking, it really does tip the scales a whole lot in that direction.

The only real "limitation" is that you're "only" going to get a 60 Hz refresh rate, maximum; but, you are to consider that an 80 series nVidia GPU can do that all day long with absolute maximum settings in the game....and that you probably drop down to that range anyway in the most demanding situations.  You are not going to notice any slowdowns because you should end up running at 60 Hz basically all of the time, even using standard V-sync instead of the possibly available G-sync.

Beware of TV specs that claim higher refresh rates; in almost every case their true refresh rate is 60, even though they say something like 120 or even 240 Hz on some.  They all call it something different, every brand has it's special name, because according to their processing they say it makes it "seem" like it twice as fast, but it just plain isn't.  But that doesn't really matter since you are not going to see the difference between a rock-solid 60 Hz and a varying synced rate that sometimes may drop down near 60 Hz in certain circumstances, if you have a GPU for which 60 Hz at any resolution is a walk in the park.

I've personally had a suspicion for a long time that these games are basically designed around 1080p, and work the most trouble free that way.  Varying from that is where all the potential trouble begins; and VR seems to be a huge source of potential trouble, or at least limitation.

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Look up a guide on how to set up your TV for gaming, and it should be fine. "Game mode" is necessary to reduce input lag on most TVs.

I used a 32'' and now use a 46'' Samsung 1080p TV and have loved it.  I think 43-46 is just right for the size when you are using TIR in flight sims.  When I play FPS games I find it a little on the large side since I have to visually scan the whole TV rather than having a smaller monitor where all the information is concentrated.  I've been looking at 4k TVs in order to switch the GPU burden from supersampling, but they only seem to come in 43 or 49'', not the 46'' I am used to, and I think I'll go with the 43''.

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