I'm sure a lot of you can relate, if you've ever played a large or especially a huge CiV map before on epic or marathon mode- by the latter half of the game, the AI turns can take forever, seriously degrading your enjoyment of the game, and majorly reducing the time you actually get to play, versus sit and wait. I've got a four year old PC that was top of the line back in the day, but is getting kinda slow now for the current crop of games. I've been looking at new ones lately, and the CPU processing capabilities seem to have gotten quite a bit faster with the newer intel chips, and everything from RAM speeds to motherboard buses and so forth are markedly faster now. Not to mention SSD drives that are actually large enough and cheap enough now to consider putting both your OS and a decent chunk of games on one at the same time. While a new, fast GPU (videocard) would of course also be included, I don't believe video rendering capability has anything to do with slow turn times in CiV, particularly if you have quick combat enabled. So what I'd like to know, is if anyone who's been in this same boat has recently updated to a new, faster PC, and noticed that it improved and significantly shortened those huge/marathon-game AI turn times for them, or not? Just curious... Edit: running with Intel Core i7 960 3.2GHz, 6GB of RAM at 1333MHz speed, 80GB SSD boot drive and my games are on a 3TB WD 7500rpm harddrive.