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Cheapest Decent Gaming Projector?

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  1. commandercup New Member

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    I've got a free room in the basement that I'd like to convert into my little 'pad' if you will, and it is large enough to fit a decent projector...

    So, how much is the cheapest projector that can decently run games? (ie. Good brightness, nice contrast ratio, w/e specs are needed)

    I'll be getting around $500 soon from selling my paintball gear and other stuff on various forums and thus would like to create that little room as neccesary.

    I've already got a sound system, my PC is fine for me and I've got a 19" ws LCD and a 15" CRT...

    I was thinking maybe dual 22" monitors instead of a projector... that would be sweet and affordable (~400) although i would hate having the edges of the monitors creating dead space inbetween the picture...
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    wow, a $100 rebate!? dang... expires today lol

    how much of a difference will resolution make?

    I just want to make sure that I can read text in games and on webpages etc. with decent visual quality during games/movies
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    resolution matters more for small things and the farther away you will be projecting.
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    The room itself is actually pretty small

    putting the projector close to the wall is no problem since the room isn't that large
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    well than id go for it make sure it gets dark though that would be the best for gaming etc.
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    ok cool

    yeah, light is no problem since its in the basement and theres only 1 window which is a small rectangular slit thats maybe a foot across and 4 inches tall. (I can cover it with some towels or paper or something)

    thanks!
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    ahh yeah, I was looking at that just now

    only $10 more (besides the rebate) and it has a bit better brightness, zoom, more input compatability etc.

    although... if that other one gets a rebate again, I'll definately pick that up...

    I'll try to find some reviews to see how well it shows text
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    Dual monitors aint that bad. There is a little cut-off but my friend has dual 24'' ws and its pretty tight.
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    eh, it would be awesome for movies and stuff, but for gaming...

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    new qeustion

    how important is a screen for the projector? The room has plain white walls with nothing on them... will that suffice?
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