4k TV as PC monitor.........is awesome.

Discussion in 'PC' started by bluerover, Aug 26, 2018.

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Are you using a TV as a monitor?

Poll closed Sep 2, 2018.
  1. Yes

    42.2%
  2. No

    42.2%
  3. I thought it always made display look like shit

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  4. I'm thinking about it

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  1. bluerover

    bluerover Rock Star

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    I just did a new build :

    Asus Maximus X Hero + the wifi
    GSkillz TridentZ - 3200MHz CL14 - 32GB
    i7 8700k
    Noctua D-15S
    Seasonic Focus 850w Platinum
    Sapphire Nitro+ RX 580 O.C.
    970 EVO 500 GB m.2 (OS)
    860 EVO SSD 1TB (recording)
    HGST 8TB (samples)
    Seagate 3TB Barracuda (VST installation and junk installs)
    Corsair 750D case

    and finally.....TCL S405 49" 4K TV


    So, when making a decision on the monitor, I didn't wanna spend 500+ bucks for a 1440p monitor.
    I checked RTINGS.COM for TV suggestions. They have a rating category for using a TV as a monitor and TCL S405 model happens to be the best (for cheap) while delivering Chroma 4:4:4 uncompressed video.

    Best decision I've made in a long time. Put the build together (which posted on first try, thank god...), hooked up TV to 2.0 HDMI, installed driver. Running 3840 x 2160. It's crisp, fast, and beautiful. Use the quick Windows scale display slider to make everything bigger by 25% increments if you need it.

    I'll make an update when I start ......(*barf*) installing .....and working with plugs and audio.

    If you're on the fence about which TV to use, it's that TCL S405 - 43", 49", or 55".
    49" is $299 right now.

    Cheers! :)
     
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  3. G String

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    bargain - certainly if display is crisp from PC

    I use a (2K) 32" LG TV. Damn good display imo.
     
  4. AudioTiger

    AudioTiger Noisemaker

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    Hey!

    I've been thinking about that for some time... When I get a 4K-compatible video card I'll borrow my Samsung 4K 50" TV set for a while to make some tests, and I guess that will make buy a a 4K TV for my PC... Thanks for the detailed comments!!!

    :wink:
     
  5. bluerover

    bluerover Rock Star

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    No problem. This TV is a very nice change.
     
  6. Willum

    Willum Rock Star

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    I got a lovely 43" sony 4k a couple of weeks ago when amazon had a deal on them, got nearly £300 off the retail of £850. I was worried that i would need a new graphics card but my old gtx970 runs everything at 3840x2160. Only game i play is world of warcraft and that runs fine.
    With win 10 and %200 scaling i can even use reason 10 at last, i could hardly ever read any text on it before.
    Best improvement for my computers since ssd's, lol.
     
  7. MMJ2017

    MMJ2017 Audiosexual

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    I prefer 1ms 144hz
     
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  8. fiction

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    Be careful which one you buy if you'll sit close to it.
    An insufficient viewing angle can destroy everything (!)
     
  9. relexted

    relexted Kapellmeister

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    A 28inch LED needs a healthy viewing distance of approximately 1.5m.
    While we take care of our ears, we might consider to take care of our eyes as well?
    Meaning, don't go for a bigger screen, unless your sweetspot is at the other side of the room.
    The bigger the screen, the more light it emits. Bear in mind that blue light creates bags under our eyes and causes sleep problems due to a decrease of melatonin production.
    So I rather use a screen with an optimal inch to viewing distance ratio.
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. Matt777

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    Fifrst congrats on the new build :wink:

    A little off-topic here, but I'd like to know a little more about specs of "TV"-monitor usage. Just about to replace my old 27" monitor (crappy res, poor quality).. for, eerm 27" monitor ;) I'm doing it mainly for the reasons mentioned by relexted ^^above. The first and main concern is health(!). That's the thing money (in most cases) can't buy. Second, I'm doing a lot of color correction (and similar) - so the rgb accuracy is super important. So, are there any info about:

    IPS technology, viewing angle, % of sRGB (has to be close or equal to 100%), ev. eye care tech, blue light filter, means for professional calibration, contrast, resp. time,..

    I'm not going anywhere above 27" (tried bigger ones and at the given distance my eyes have to do more work.. so I get tired faster), so I am also thinking not to get up to 4K (yet).

    The rest of the build is more or less just what I'd take. :wink::yes: But, as you get older you start to appreciate the quality of interface between you and the machine, lol..
     
  11. DarthFader

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    The person next to me is basking in the glory of a 53" LG flatscreen t.v. bolted to the wall above her Alienware Aurora R4 gaming rig. She's well-happy with it performing as her pc display unit.

    I'd go for one except for that fact that I need a rock solid color reference monitor for digital artwork and video grading. Otherwise, yeah. No problem.:yes:
     
  12. bluerover

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    Good discussion.

    As far as blue light solutions, FLUX for PC is a good utility to filter out the blue light. It's free :

    https://justgetflux.com/
     
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    @huschiwuschi That looks awesome, but wouldn't the 27" screen make everything reallllllly small at the max resolution? Especially for vst fx and vsti plugins that don't support DPI scaling.
     
  15. noize2sound

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    I was thinking to rent a movie theatre & connect my computer.
     
  16. KungPaoFist

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    Is it your primary display? Mine is a sleeping secondary for whenever I need to use the Waves J37
     
  17. nobodyspecial

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    i use an acer 24inch touch screen. and as second a ultrahd tv. and it works great. only if you want to game the miliseconds of a tv are not up to the level of a game pc screen . but for music, perfect
     
  18. huschiwuschi

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    I would run it in HiDPI mode under macOS. Essentially it will devide the Max available native resolution by 2 :

    5120 / 2 = 2560
    2880 / 2 = 1440

    So in the end you will have 2560x1440 on a 27" Screen BUT with double density which sould look awesome crisp.
    Imagine a 27" screen as crisp an an iPad :)

    Currently I have a Dell 24" 1920x1200 which shows up in macOS (hackintosh) like this:
    [​IMG]
     
  19. saltwater

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    technically, an iPad is way crisper, even a 27" 5k is not as crisp.
    but because of the greater viewing distance, the experience will be "iPad like", so, still valid point :wink:

    2004 (30") cinema display 2560 x 1600
    2010 (27") cinema display 2560 x 1440
    2012 (9,7") retina iPad 2048 x 1536
    2014 (27") iMac 5k 5120 x 2880
     
  20. saltwater

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    nice rig dude!
    i'm still trying to find whats the catch on that TV, it really seems "too good to be true".
    but cannot find it, awesome product.
     
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