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Cheapest Decent Gaming Projector?

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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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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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