I've been doing a ton of video editing on my laptop. Problem is that it really was never designed to do that, so it "thinks too much" causing the heat fan to spin up every so often. That being the case, I've been wanting to get another computer with some more power to it with better video memory and so on.
I also want a new television, but the price for LCD tv's is still way too high. Over $300 for a 20-inch? I don't think so (and you'll know why in a minute).
My solution to both problems came to me whilst talking to Pop on the phone the other night.
I have a "big box" computer (standard ATX case) sitting in my closet that I haven't used in over a year. It's a 1.9GHz AMD Athlon XP processor, 512MB RAM and I have two hard drives for it. It's got a DVD burner, CD-ROM drive and a premium 256MB video card in it. In all seriousness, it's a decent box and it will run circles around my laptop in every respect except wireless.
I found that a relatively decent TV Tuner card (with remote) is twenty bucks. I could add this easily to the big box, allowing it to show television.
A 20.1" monitor is $259.99. This could serve as both as my television, DVD player and computer monitor at the same time.
So there's my solution. Put my big box back together, eliminating me the need to buy a new computer. Get a TV Tuner card with remote so I can watch television on it. Get the 20.1" monitor which does tv, DVD and computer duties all at the same time.
Sounds like a plan to me, so I'm a-gonna do it.
And by the way, the price of the 20.1" monitor is the reason why I think LCD tv's are still way too high in price (and why I haven't bought one). If this works out hopefully the way I want it to, I won't even need to get a new television.