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Is it worth degrading from the 2600k to the 2500k in order to get the sapphire 6990?

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Is it worth degrading from the 2600k to the 2500k in order to get the sapphire 6990 instead of a msi twin frozr gtx580? With the money i save from doing that i will be able to get the 6990 instead. I know its overkill but overkill is underrated. MAn i wish i knew i was getting a high end pc before i bought a 1080p monitor =(
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You should here the noise that card produces, hope you've got earplugs, or sound cancelling cans!

OT: The 2500k is all you will need for gaming

Someone quoted once that if you need a 2600k, you'll know you need a 2600k.
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Yea. You wouldn't really lose performance in the CPU area, the 2600k is just a tiny bit faster than the 2500k in games and if you overclock the 2500k it wont' matter, but the 6990 is a lot faster than the GTX 580.

Also why not get 2 6970s? They would be cooler and quieter.. Unless you're gonna watercool the 6990.
    
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No, stick with the NVidia card because:

a GTX580 is awesome, regardless of if there is a slightly better card. Any FPS the 6990 will gain you is going to be entirely negligible. It'll be something like, for example, an extra 10FPS when you were already getting 120FPS.

MSI's Twin Frozr II is actually really good tech. My friend has one on a GTX 560 ti, and compared to my friend's GTX 560 ti without the MSI cooler it's around 20C hotter. Which is nice for a stock (as in never had to fit a new one) cooler!

You have CUDA and Physx on your card. However this may mean nothing to you, which is fair play. AMD's Stream doesn't really make it's way into games or applications, at the moment.

Basically, from me, no, don't change, mainly because the Twin Frozr II is a damn good cooling system and the GTX580 is still a really great card. It'd be like swapping an Apple for a slightly bigger Apple of which you may never eat in it's entirety!
    
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No, stick with the NVidia card because:

a GTX580 is awesome, regardless of if there is a slightly better card. Any FPS the 6990 will gain you is going to be entirely negligible. It'll be something like, for example, an extra 10FPS when you were already getting 120FPS.

MSI's Twin Frozr II is actually really good tech. My friend has one on a GTX 560 ti, and compared to my friend's GTX 560 ti without the MSI cooler it's around 20C hotter. Which is nice for a stock (as in never had to fit a new one) cooler!

You have CUDA and Physx on your card. However this may mean nothing to you, which is fair play. AMD's Stream doesn't really make it's way into games or applications, at the moment.

Basically, from me, no, don't change, mainly because the Twin Frozr II is a damn good cooling system and the GTX580 is still a really great card. It'd be like swapping an Apple for a slightly bigger Apple of which you may never eat in it's entirety!
    
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yeah ill put up with the noise for a bit and then watercool it. Know if i could run a effiecent loop with a 2500k at 4.5ghz and the 6990 stock with a xspc 360rx? Is there a water cooler for the 6990 that could work with the xspc kit? better yet one that i could get in australia
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No, stick with the NVidia card because:

a GTX580 is awesome, regardless of if there is a slightly better card. Any FPS the 6990 will gain you is going to be entirely negligible. It'll be something like, for example, an extra 10FPS when you were already getting 120FPS.

MSI's Twin Frozr II is actually really good tech. My friend has one on a GTX 560 ti, and compared to my friend's GTX 560 ti without the MSI cooler it's around 20C hotter. Which is nice for a stock (as in never had to fit a new one) cooler!

You have CUDA and Physx on your card. However this may mean nothing to you, which is fair play. AMD's Stream doesn't really make it's way into games or applications, at the moment.

Basically, from me, no, don't change, mainly because the Twin Frozr II is a damn good cooling system and the GTX580 is still a really great card. It'd be like swapping an Apple for a slightly bigger Apple of which you may never eat in it's entirety!
+1 I didnt know you were choosing between that and a 580!

The 6990 is downclocked so it is able to run 2x GPU's on one card, 2x 6970's would be faster, you could even look at 2x 6950 2gb cards...

What mobo will you be running?

If you need an SLI mobo, then downgrading the 2600k and using the money in GPU's/Sli mobo would be the better option.
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2500K will be fine for gaming, where the 2600K really seperates itself is multithreaeded applications.

So if if you don't do many things that can benefit from that the 2500K is the way to go.

I agree with Razi, 2x 6970 or 2x 570 would be something you may want to look at unless you need the slots for other addin cards or are getting a full coverage block.

Right now I think 2x 560's is one of the best bangs for the buck and a formatable video platform
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2500K will be fine for gaming, where the 2600K really seperates itself is multithreaeded applications.

So if if you don't do many things that can benefit from that the 2500K is the way to go.

I agree with Razi, 2x 6970 or 2x 570 would be something you may want to look at unless you need the slots for other addin cards or are getting a full coverage block.

Right now I think 2x 560's is one of the best bangs for the buck and a formatable video platform
Agreed..

But they are alot more expensive in AUS compared to the US
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2500K will be fine for gaming, where the 2600K really seperates itself is multithreaeded applications.

So if if you don't do many things that can benefit from that the 2500K is the way to go.

I agree with Razi, 2x 6970 or 2x 570 would be something you may want to look at unless you need the slots for other addin cards or are getting a full coverage block.

Right now I think 2x 560's is one of the best bangs for the buck and a formatable video platform
WHAT? 6950s do much better, even 1GB beat the 560 in most cases, and 6950/70s scale better than nvidia now.
    
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