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    Default External or Internal TV tuner?

    Well this is a weird one,I have recently bought a Syncmaster 940BW LCD which has both VGA(DB15) and DVI(DB9) ports.Now I wud understand that a LCD uses much less electricity than a CRT.Having said that my Zebby cabinet uses a 500W PSU.Well I wud like to put forward 2 situations.Which one do u guys feel better.Using a internal video card which wud mean that the mammoth PSU runs all the time the TV is running.OR,using the DVI port to connect the monitor to the Cabinet and using a VGA cable to connect the monitor to an external TV Tuner,thereby running the LCD and only the TV Tuner and not the CPU while watching TV.
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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    Now My Problem Is I'am Concerned With The Picture Quality Of External Tv Tuners?
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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    I'd suggest going with the external tuner. Why run all the components of the PC just to watch TV when an external tuner can do it with the PC off? If you watch TV a lot, you could save a bundle on electricity bills.
    Picture quality of external tuners is as good as if not better than that of internal tuners.
    Plus you can always connect the external tuner to the PC via USB should you feel the need to record a programme.
    Only downside of external tuners is that they're more expensive than internal tuners, but even then they are quite affordable.
    IMO external components are preferable because if you load your cabinet with too many peripherals, it tends to heat up. An internal tuner is going to be right in the path of your graphics card's fan, so if you're an OC'er keep your cabinet as empty as possible.

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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    If u r gonna record shows/programmes then I suggest u to go for internal tv tuner coz they r good for recording if not then u may go for external coz u can watch t.v with pc off.

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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    External tuners are perfectly good for recording.

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    Hey I was wondering which external tv tuner shud be pretty good within a bracket of say Rs.1000/- (eg:Techcom)

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    Seems pretty good?
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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    Seems good, but there's no way to know what the picture quality wil be like. This seems to be one of those tuners than dosen't connect to the PC and let you record stuff. If that's important to you look elsewhere.

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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    Quote Originally Posted by drvarunmehta
    Seems good, but there's no way to know what the picture quality wil be like. This seems to be one of those tuners than dosen't connect to the PC and let you record stuff. If that's important to you look elsewhere.
    very imp point there but I dont need to record tv and anyways one of my friend uses a techcom tv tuner,actually he suggested me the brand!!
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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    whatever it is- internal or external,dont buy any low end stuff from tech-com,frontech,pinnacle,etc
    when u invest,invest wisely on a haupage or compro series!
    so,that's it-folks!!!

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    Default Re: External or Internal TV tuner?

    If your friend has used it and can assure you that the image quality is good, I don't see how you can go wrong spending just 1000 bucks on this.

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