Despite my love of all things gadgety and computer-oriented, it's been a super long time since I bought a new computer. Since my dinosaur at home was clearly coming close to a full-on crash, I decided to pick up a new computer from our good friends at Dell (yes, I know there are plenty of people hating Dell, but I get a good deal through my company's employee purchase program, especially with an extended warranty).
Anyhoo, I decided to go all out and picked up their 24" widescreen LCD (2405FPW) since the reviews I have read on it have consistently been stellar. The computer itself is a Windows Media Center computer as well.
So here is my question: Anyone have any tips on the best means to use this snazzy new monitor as a HDTV? I have a HDTV cable box from my cable company, but did not know what other equipment (besides the requisite cables) I would need to get this all set up properly (i.e. do I need to run this through my CPU and use some kind of TV tuner card or not).
Ideally, I want to:
1) watch the majority of my TV on this LCD;
2) hook my XBox up to the LCD; and
3) use it as my computer monitor.
I'm pretty good at working this kind of thing since I like fiddling with my computer, but just wanted to see what I might be getting myself into prior to starting.
I seem to see a lot of good feedback on technical questions from the T-Nation community, so I figured this was as good of a place as any to start.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.