Complete noob needs help determining what video cable to get

Hey TH community, through my recent internet ventures, I have learned that the VGA cable that connects my video card to my monitor is considered outdated and that it would be beneficial to replace it with a "DVI" or "HDMI" cable. However, I have no idea what either of those terms mean, and I also don't know which of the two is more appropriate for my setup. As a result, I was wondering if somebody could help me find an appropriate cable to purchase on Amazon. I'm assuming that since the cable connects to my GFX card and monitor, you will need information on both of those, so I have linked their product pages below:

My Monitor: http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/computer-speakers-accessories/NS-20EM50A13.html
After scanning through the page linked above, it seems as though my monitor is not even compatible with an HDMI cable, so I guess that eliminates the need to consider it. However, it does say that the monitor is compatible with "DVI-D with HDCP Input", but incompatible with "DVI-D Input". What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?

My GFX Card: http://us.msi.com/product/graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-overview
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  1. ProtoflareX said:
    Hey TH community, through my recent internet ventures, I have learned that the VGA cable that connects my video card to my monitor is considered outdated and that it would be beneficial to replace it with a "DVI" or "HDMI" cable. However, I have no idea what either of those terms mean, and I also don't know which of the two is more appropriate for my setup. As a result, I was wondering if somebody could help me find an appropriate cable to purchase on Amazon. I'm assuming that since the cable connects to my GFX card and monitor, you will need information on both of those, so I have linked their product pages below:

    My Monitor: http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/computer-speakers-accessories/NS-20EM50A13.html
    After scanning through the page linked above, it seems as though my monitor is not even compatible with an HDMI cable, so I guess that eliminates the need to consider it. However, it does say that the monitor is compatible with "DVI-D with HDCP Input", but incompatible with "DVI-D Input". What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?

    My GFX Card: http://us.msi.com/product/graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-overview



    this will explain HDCP

    https://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_12.asp


    you have a gtx 970, get a nice 1080p monitor with hdmi or dvi connectors
  2. maxalge said:
    ProtoflareX said:
    Hey TH community, through my recent internet ventures, I have learned that the VGA cable that connects my video card to my monitor is considered outdated and that it would be beneficial to replace it with a "DVI" or "HDMI" cable. However, I have no idea what either of those terms mean, and I also don't know which of the two is more appropriate for my setup. As a result, I was wondering if somebody could help me find an appropriate cable to purchase on Amazon. I'm assuming that since the cable connects to my GFX card and monitor, you will need information on both of those, so I have linked their product pages below:

    My Monitor: http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/computer-speakers-accessories/NS-20EM50A13.html
    After scanning through the page linked above, it seems as though my monitor is not even compatible with an HDMI cable, so I guess that eliminates the need to consider it. However, it does say that the monitor is compatible with "DVI-D with HDCP Input", but incompatible with "DVI-D Input". What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?

    My GFX Card: http://us.msi.com/product/graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-overview



    this will explain HDCP

    https://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_12.asp


    you have a gtx 970, get a nice 1080p monitor with hdmi or dvi connectors


    I'm not really in the market for a new monitor at the moment. I just need help finding a cable that will work with my setup on Amazon.
  3. ProtoflareX said:
    maxalge said:
    ProtoflareX said:
    Hey TH community, through my recent internet ventures, I have learned that the VGA cable that connects my video card to my monitor is considered outdated and that it would be beneficial to replace it with a "DVI" or "HDMI" cable. However, I have no idea what either of those terms mean, and I also don't know which of the two is more appropriate for my setup. As a result, I was wondering if somebody could help me find an appropriate cable to purchase on Amazon. I'm assuming that since the cable connects to my GFX card and monitor, you will need information on both of those, so I have linked their product pages below:

    My Monitor: http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/computer-speakers-accessories/NS-20EM50A13.html
    After scanning through the page linked above, it seems as though my monitor is not even compatible with an HDMI cable, so I guess that eliminates the need to consider it. However, it does say that the monitor is compatible with "DVI-D with HDCP Input", but incompatible with "DVI-D Input". What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?

    My GFX Card: http://us.msi.com/product/graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-overview



    this will explain HDCP

    https://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_12.asp


    you have a gtx 970, get a nice 1080p monitor with hdmi or dvi connectors


    I'm not really in the market for a new monitor at the moment. I just need help finding a cable that will work with my setup on Amazon.



    there is none

    you can use an adapter but that is pointless as it would be exactly the same as just using the vga cable


    you need a new monitor to use HDMI or DVI is the point
  4. maxalge said:
    ProtoflareX said:
    maxalge said:
    ProtoflareX said:
    Hey TH community, through my recent internet ventures, I have learned that the VGA cable that connects my video card to my monitor is considered outdated and that it would be beneficial to replace it with a "DVI" or "HDMI" cable. However, I have no idea what either of those terms mean, and I also don't know which of the two is more appropriate for my setup. As a result, I was wondering if somebody could help me find an appropriate cable to purchase on Amazon. I'm assuming that since the cable connects to my GFX card and monitor, you will need information on both of those, so I have linked their product pages below:

    My Monitor: http://www.insigniaproducts.com/products/computer-speakers-accessories/NS-20EM50A13.html
    After scanning through the page linked above, it seems as though my monitor is not even compatible with an HDMI cable, so I guess that eliminates the need to consider it. However, it does say that the monitor is compatible with "DVI-D with HDCP Input", but incompatible with "DVI-D Input". What is the difference between the two? Is one better than the other?

    My GFX Card: http://us.msi.com/product/graphics-card/GTX-970-GAMING-4G.html#hero-overview



    this will explain HDCP

    https://www.digitalconnection.com/FAQ/HDTV_12.asp


    you have a gtx 970, get a nice 1080p monitor with hdmi or dvi connectors


    I'm not really in the market for a new monitor at the moment. I just need help finding a cable that will work with my setup on Amazon.



    there is none

    you can use an adapter but that is pointless as it would be exactly the same as just using the vga cable


    you need a new monitor to use HDMI or DVI is the point


    If that's truly the case, then fine, but I'm curious about something. If there is no cable for the "DVI-D with HDCP Input", then how is somebody intended to use it?
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