So, I received a 20" Magnavox flatscreen CRT for Christmas a few years ago. While it's great for say, watching TV, I can't play many games on it. Which is a shame, really, because I have everything from a SNES to a 360 hooked up to this thing through an array of scary wires.
The problem lies in that particular model of television: apparently, the picture cuts out in the left and bottom by about an inch. The best example I could give would be when I was playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance a few days ago: I couldn't play the game after I realized all the instructions on how to upgrade my superheroes were at the bottom of the screen. All the buttons I needed to press and the display information on what each powerup did and what slots I needed to put them in were at the bottom as well. I was left with no way to continue playing without hooking the 360 up to another TV. The picture cutting out is fine for some games--like Halo and other FPSs--but for others that have text at the bottom, I may as well be guessing as to what to do.
So, I have some Christmas money, and may be looking into getting another television for my bedroom. 20" is a fine size for the entertainment center I have in here: I could maybe squeeze a 24" in if I really wanted to. I have about $200 to spend
, maybe more if I can find someone to take the TV off of my hands. Like I said, a good TV, but not for gaming. Questions I have include:
1) Should I get another CRT, or enter into the fray of LCD screens?
2) How much are LCD screens that size, and how much do they run?
3) What's the best brand of LCD screen for that particular size, and what sort of inputs would I be getting?
4) If I were to get another CRT TV, how long would it last me? I heard something about needing a cable box sometime in 2009 because everything's switching to satellite. I don't know a lot about it, but it's a legitimate issue if it means this TV could be obsolete for TV watching in a few years.
Any help, insight or otherwise, would be appreciated.
Edit: Thanks for moving this, I had forgotten about the technology subforum.