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No, just so much fail. Please stop mutilating the English language as well as providing incorrect advice.



I would go for the i5 2500K, they generally are able to overclock better than their i7 counter-part. The i5 is all you will need for gaming, HT only comes in advantage with rendering and heavily multi-threaded apps. Save the extra money and go for a better SSD/Case/GPU/ect.

The HX850 can provide 1010w of power if needed, horrible efficiency at that rate though, but it can nonetheless. The HX and AX series are so similar, the AX850 and HX850 both qualify for gold 80+ but Corsair left the HX850 at silver, possibly for marketing towards the AX series.

If you want to SLI later, the HX850 is a good unit. If you aren't, you should look at a SeaSonic X650.

The GPU, GTX580 is good. But its getting on, something will come by soon and replace it. I would say either get the MSI Lightening GTX580 or wait. Knowing this community you're gonna go for the GTX580

And who ever is advising 2 cards now, 1 card will always be better (non-performance terms).
It is better to get the top-of-the-range GPU now with the possibility of SLI'ing it later, it will be much cheaper and provides you with a more versatile upgrade solution. Don't over commit basically
Thanks for the response.

About the overclocking of the 2500k vs 2600k, it seems a lot more of the 2600ks have overclocks of 5 GHz and over. Is this just a coincidence?

As for the PSU, I'm not definitely SLi'ing. However, I want to have the breathing room if I do, and also be able to OC my processor and video card.

For the gpu, I think the gtx 580 lightening is the right choice. But I hear so many conflicting ideas that I have no idea anymore...

I also still can't decide if I should go with a newer z68 board, or a proven p67 board......

MY HEAD HURTS.
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Thanks for the response.

About the overclocking of the 2500k vs 2600k, it seems a lot more of the 2600ks have overclocks of 5 GHz and over. Is this just a coincidence?

As for the PSU, I'm not definitely SLi'ing. However, I want to have the breathing room if I do, and also be able to OC my processor and video card.

For the gpu, I think the gtx 580 lightening is the right choice. But I hear so many conflicting ideas that I have no idea anymore...

I also still can't decide if I should go with a newer z68 board, or a proven p67 board......

MY HEAD HURTS.
The 2500k has much lower temps due to no HT. You see more overclocked 2600K's around because its more of an achievement

Z68 vs P67, they're really the same. Just go for which ever is cheaper.
I would get a P8P67 Pro/Evo/Deluxe/Maximus IV Extreme.
The SeaSonic X650 will give you lots of room to play around with, even with overclocking. If you really want to you could get an HX750 or HX850, but just know that you could run SLI easily off of those units.
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Nice try only quoting half my post to make a dig.

Your recommendation is lacking a link to an available Reference 2GB 6950.
Nice ninja edit.

Also, he's not even sure what he's getting, I'm not gonna do his job.
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The 2500k has much lower temps due to no HT. You see more overclocked 2600K's around because its more of an achievement

Z68 vs P67, they're really the same. Just go for which ever is cheaper.
I would get a P8P67 Pro/Evo/Deluxe/Maximus IV Extreme.
The SeaSonic X650 will give you lots of room to play around with, even with overclocking. If you really want to you could get an HX750 or HX850, but just know that you could run SLI easily off of those units.
Ok i'll probably go with the 2500k, although I might hate myself for doing it..

I think I'm going to with the P8P67 PRO because I'm going to going with a relatively large SSD (120 gb), and I don't think the integrated graphics will be of any use to me.

Can I definitely run OC'd 580s (atleast 900 MHz each) in SLi, while also OC'ing the 2500k/2600k to atleast 4.8 GHz with a 850hx?
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Ok i'll probably go with the 2500k, although I might hate myself for doing it..

I think I'm going to with the P8P67 PRO because I'm going to going with a relatively large SSD (120 gb), and I don't think the integrated graphics will be of any use to me.

Can I definitely run OC'd 580s (atleast 900 MHz each) in SLi, while also OC'ing the 2500k/2600k to atleast 4.8 GHz with a 850hx?
100% Sure you can. I have used 3x5870's and a 4.4Ghz Phenom II before on my HX850
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Since your budget right now is under $500 this is my suggestions. In order of best performance.

Two AMD 6950 CF $500
Two GTX 560 SLI $400
One GTX 580 $490
One AMD 6970 $350

Now if you don't want to deal with CF or SLI, a one card solution is easiest. It's the route I went. Plug and play without any headaches then you'll want the GTX 580.

Currently I'm playing all and I mean all my games full settings. AA On to highest option, full details maxed without any problems. I love Crysis and I played that until Crysis 2 came out which I'm currently playing like a hot knife through buttery game play. I purchased Metro 2033 which is the most intensive game on the market currently and I've got it maxed and playing through that without any stutter, choppiness, or hang ups at all.

You'll be able to play like this with one card for the next two or three years. It's truly a powerful one card solution.

In two or three years IF and WHEN gaming catches up with this card you can push the 580 SLI option and will be set easily for another two or three years in addition to that, with a good quality Corsair GOLD 850 watt psu.

Here is upcoming Battlefield 3 that pushes the high end graphics run on one GTX 580. This is the kind of game play you can look forward to.


Now I gave you advice on my personal choice of preference, but you can choose more performance up front with 560 SLI and even more so with 6950's CF. If you do you'll be set for about a few years as well.

In the future you will be faced these following options.

A. IF you go the SLI or CF option. Your going to have to replace both cards and will have the opportunity to get the newest series of cards out at that time.

1. You can get another set of mid-level cards in SLI or CF option.
2. You can get the most powerful one card solution.


B. IF you go the one card solution with GTX 580 you will have these options.

1. You can get another GTX 580 which at that time will be much more inexpensive by then.
2. You can buy another powerful single card solution with the newest series of cards out at the time.
3. You can buy two mid-level cards in SLI or CF with the newest series of cards out at the time.

I hope this explains how you should be looking at this. It's up to you. Everyone will give you their personal preference such as I did but at the end of the day whatever you choose will be best for you, regardless what others think including myself.

Good luck in your choice and please let us know which way you finally went and post back. I'm always curious.
     
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