I have a 120 hz Asus monitor and I'm getting back into console gaming. Does the HDMI cable type/brand do anything to the picture? For example, let's say a $30 Monster cable vs a cheap $5 one? My monitor is great for PC gaming but I was wondering about this HDMI cable thing.
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No the cable won't affect the quality in anyway.
HDMI is digital, so it either transmits correctly or doesn't.
Length might be the only factor to affect the quality.
The only real factors are length, version and (to a minor degree) gold plating; gold plated cables don't corrode (but it's pretty uncommon for well-handled cables to corrode) and length over around 50 can cause signal attenuation, but I'm unsure how noticeable it is. I have a 25' cable with no problems. Also HDMI version 1.4 added an Ethernet channel to cables; don't look for cables like that unless you need them, you almost certainly don't, and if you did you would know it.
But you can get gold plated HDMI of perfectly acceptable quality at $5 or less for most reasonable lengths. Don't damage the cables and they should be fine for years. The major brand differences are in the casing; perhaps most notably "redmere" cables have much thinner cables and plugs, which is mostly an aesthetic difference.
For more a more thorough look, Amazon has an excellent guide on HDMI cables