For years, I've had two standard budget 1080p monitors that I've used for work and moderate gaming on my home computer. One of them is now over a decade old and is getting increasingly hard to read, so I'm thinking about getting its replacement (which has also led me to wondering if/when I should upgrade my GPU and/or whole PC build). It has been years since I've really paid attention to monitor technology or even gaming PC components, so I'm starting cold on all of this. My current build can be seen here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Urbanitus/saved/Hz6qqs although I've since added a spare laptop HDD that I had available.
For the monitor:
For the monitor:
- Is there a reason to consider going above 1080p to 1440 or even 4K if I've been happy with 1080p up to now? I have 4K at work, and it seems like it is almost more trouble than it's worth for non-gaming tasks given scaling issues.
- Is there a reason to consider replacing both monitors at once or to maybe think about replacing both with a single extra wide monitor?
- While I'm willing to be convinced otherwise, at the moment I can't imagine spending more than $300 on a monitor. Any suggestions?
- Would my RX 280X have issues running 1440 for gaming? What about when not gaming?
- I never got around to overclocking my CPU. Would that be something worth considering to extend the life of this build, or should I just start thinking about a whole new build?
- What GPUs should I consider to use with my current build if I decided to upgrade for 1440? Is there a sweet spot for something that might be overpowered for now but could be useful if I go full rebuild in a year or so?