Well about a year ago I built a new computer to use for a mix of work and gaming. I have since got another computer for work purposes and now use the original machine for gaming alone. It is only a year old so it isn't bad at all, but there are some areas that could possibly use improvement. First the current specs:
- Core i5 2500
- ASUS P8H67
- 2x2GB Corsair 1333Mhz RAM
- Sapphire HD5830 1GB GDDR5
- WD Caviar Blue 500GB SATAII HDD
- Coolermaster 600W Silent Pro Modular PSU
My main issue is with the video card's anti-aliasing. I can't really complain about performance (e.g. BF3 set to "auto" claims to be on high with 4x AA which seems great for an £85 card), however, the anti-aliasing in all games seems to be terrible. With it turned up to max I at best get blurred edges, still clearly aliased in places and with large gaps in any thin lines (like wires). Only very specific angles seem to get the proper AA treatment and in some games it looks better when it is turned down. Is this a general issue with this card or perhaps a software setting or even to do with my 1440x900 resolution (as daft as that sounds)? I've tried newer drivers to no avail. Would really like to fix it if possible, even if it means a new video card.
I'm also curious about upgrading to an SSD. My HDD seems to "churn" less since enabling NCQ, but I still wonder if an SSD would offer significant benefits for a gaming only PC? And would I benefit from 8GB RAM or do most games not use it? I'm mostly thinking about the strategy games with these two components as Civ in particular becomes sluggish towards the end of a game and I figure one of these is most likely responsible.
I could also use some advice on a new monitor (especially if it is related to my AA issues).... my Samsung 940BW is getting kind of old now and has a couple of dead pixels. Any tips for a decent monitor roughly the same size (19")?
Budget is up to £350 if necessary. As I said, I don't really know what (if any) upgrades are going to be beneficial here which is why I am seeking your help. They are minor issues with an otherwise good machine.
Many thanks in advance.