Ok, so I've encountered a problem.  My new video card has no VGA output.  This in itself is not a problem, as DVI and Displayport are better anyway.  What makes this a problem is that my monitor only has VGA and HDMI inputs.  So I am left in the conundrum:  buy a DVI to VGA adapter or buy an HDMI cable.  On the one hand, picture quality on the HDMI would be better, but the VGA input would give me better refresh rates.  Both are important for gaming.

As a side note, this reminded me one of the reasons why I'm a PC gamer and not a console gamer.  TVs have refresh rates sometimes as high as 120Hz, but HDMI only recently, with HDMI 2.0, has the ability to support 60Hz refresh rates (or 60fps).  Otherwise you're probably looking at around 30Hz (fps).  Monitors refresh at 60Hz standard.  VGA, DVI, and Displayport are all capable of 60Hz (fps) refresh rates.  Given the graphical strait of games and the power of your video card, a good in-game fps rate is probably around 40 (although for budget gamers 24 is about where things no longer look "laggy").  So, even though your TV can get the same resolution as my monitor, I still, as a PC gamer, have a higher refresh rate than is possible for a console gamer to achieve.  I also don't have to worry as much about gimmicky "this TV gets 120Hz refresh rate!" even though you can't get enough bandwidth to support even half that.

On another side note.  DVI cables are waaaaaay overpriced.  That is all.
Just finished a new build!  I haven't had one of those since undergraduate, so I'm pretty stoked.  I'll post pics as soon as I figure out how to use my new phone (which is also my camera).  Specs are as follows:
Intel i3 ___ processor
Asus P8 Z77 socket LGA1155 motherboard
8GB DDR3 Ram
NVidia GTX 570 Video Card
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD
Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII Power Supply
Windows 7 x64

What I am most excited about is the very nice power supply I purchased for this build.  After my last computer was basically destroyed by my power supply going way over voltage and having once had a power supply literally catching on fire, I have decided that it is more than worth it to spend an extra $50 on a high end power supply to save the hundreds of dollars in other parts that a cheap power supply can cost you.  At the moment I am installing a suit of games on the new machine, but she will be going full steam this week I think.

As for the new phone, Steph and my phones have been steadily declining in quality after over two years of use.  Our contract with Verizon is up and we decided to switch to the MUCH cheaper T-Mobile.  With this switch, came new Nexus 5 phones.  I love the update to Android Kit-Kat, and not having any of the bloat-ware on it from the phone manufacturer is excellent.  It runs much faster and much more smoothly.  Being a PC guy, there is also a lot of synergy with my computer because I use so much google stuff.  Do I think google is an evil corporation?  Yes.  But so are all corporations, so as long as there is going to be a social expectation of constant communication, I might as well do it well and in a way where I at least get some enjoyment out of it.  The whole smartphone setup also really really helps me stay organized for school in a way that I never was able to be before, which is great.

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