Originally Posted by AIienware
I do render in Cinema 4D and After Effects sometimes, will the 990x be of any use for those? Also I do believe two 6970s in Xfire are faster than 6990, and quieter. And the 590 is supposed be downclocked a lot to keep the temps down.
Also I would prefer to have 2GB video card RAM.
The price difference in the 99x and the 2600k is so not worth it. The 2600k is awesome for rendering and will do the job just fine. And for something you would do sometimes is not worth the extra 600 bucks.
Now with the 600 you have saved you can run 2 or 3, 120 SSDs in raid and have some real performance. You will get faster rendering times out of doing that then buying the 990x. I noticed faster rendering times when I got my SSD.
Since you want to build a awesome gaming rig, buy the i5-2500k or the i7-2600k and turn off hyper threading. I just can't see the reason to spend a grand on a chip. But that is my thoughts. I bough the i5-2500k and I choose it over the i7-2600k just because the gains are really not worth the extra hundred bucks to me since I would have to turn the HT off. It was not a money thing it was a price to performance issue for me.
Most people will agree you can build a bad ass gaming rig with the i5-2500k.