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So after a long time I'm thinking about upgrading my PC.

There is no fixed budget, so I don't want the best bang for the buck, I just want performance and of course not anything dead like 1156 or even 1366.

Will the overall performance of Bulldozer be better than that of 2600k? If yes, I won't hesitate to wait.

These are the components I've chosen primarily:

Intel Core i7 2600K
Gigabyte P67A-UD7

Now which graphics card(s) to get? 2x 6990 or 2x 590?
What is the best performance RAM? The best that is available? I'd take 4x4GB.
And which PSU?
I'll be getting either NZXT Phantom or Silverstone TJ11. So when is TJ11 coming out? Or has it been already released? TJ11 looks better, imo.

I'll be getting 2x WD Caviar Black SATA III 1TB, a 64~128GB Crucial C300 SSD, and maybe a Velociraptor.

I'll be needing a good cooler, a good (best in the market) air cooler at first, then I'll go for wc.
Suggestions please.
Edited by dee.cheytac408 - 6/15/11 at 1:36pm
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First off, if your dumping 1500 on 2x Top tier GPUs just get the i7 990x instead of 2600k

Second you will need atleast 1100W+ to run both GPUs and overclock your Mobo/CPU/RAM.

Third, that will be one super super super sexy RIG and i will give you a dozen E cookies when its done

I am selling a kidney myself to buy a single 6990
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First off, if your dumping 1500 on 2x Top tier GPUs just get the i7 990x instead of 2600k
Actually I don't want to go for 1366. :/

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I am selling a kidney myself to buy a single 6990
What the hell?
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Inputs? I'd go with a keyboard and mouse, maybe a gamepad.
    
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First off, if your dumping 1500 on 2x Top tier GPUs just get the i7 990x instead of 2600k

Second you will need atleast 1100W+ to run both GPUs and overclock your Mobo/CPU/RAM.

Third, that will be one super super super sexy RIG and i will give you a dozen E cookies when its done

I am selling a kidney myself to buy a single 6990
I disagree with this. There's no reason to spend $1000 on a CPU that will only have a minor benefit over the 2600K, and in a select few programs at that. For gaming a 2500K/2600K is the way to go.

For RAM, I would say get 8GB of 1600mhz with 8-8-8-24 timings. Corsair and G-Skill are a couple of good brands.

As for the GPU, I don't see the need for getting 2 of either of those cards, buy you would probably get better driver support with a GTX 590. If you got one, I don't think you could go wrong either way.

For drives, WD Caviar Black and Samsung F3 1TB are both good choices for storage, I have the WD myself. And the SSD you mentioned is good from what I've read about it. I have the 64GB in the mail currently. I wouldn't bother with a raptor.
Edited by JSDempsey - 6/15/11 at 1:31pm
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inputs? I'd go with a keyboard and mouse, maybe a gamepad.
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Depends on your budget, but it looks like you've got the money. If you can wait, see how BD performs then make your decision, since it's literally around the corner. If you can't wait, a 2500k or 2600k is as good as it gets. 2500k performs nearly on par with 2600k, just something to think about. You can't go wrong with RAM, especially on your budget. You can aim for whatever you like. If you're crazy enough to get 2 6990's or 590's, then go for the 6990's as the 590's won't be revised until a little later. Otherwise, if you can wait, get the 590's (you seemingly want the best). You can't go wrong with a large capacity SSD to use as your boot drive, the WD's caviar black in raid 0 should be more than enough. Other than that, it's really up to you at this point, you seemingly have boundless $.

No one knows for sure at this moment if BD will be a hit or miss. Personally I'd wait for solid evidence, but man with ur budget I'm sure BD will be only marginally better than SB (or marginally worse, if that). That's what AMD is aiming at anyways. You won't be wrong to buy the 2500/2600k either way.
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If money is no object, you could always look into doing something along the lines of what this guy did. If I were capable of the "money is no object" position, I know that I would....LOL
   
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6990. It is currently the fastest consumer level GPU on the planet... At least thats what i have heard.
    
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I myself am a AMD user, and will also be so, because I don't believe in paying for the mistakes and lost revenue of INTEL's wasted Military R&D funds. I will never buy from them again and unless someones handing out Free Intel PC's I don't see myself owning one in the future.

I just figured if your dropping 1500 on 6990s you must be looking for Bragging rights and assumed you would rather the 990x since it runs cooler then the 2600k so would be able to get clocked higher in theory

!!EDIT!!
Well I really really want 6990 so I can play Metro 2033 on tops w/ 50ish FPS, but im also replacing my Discount gamer rig with new CPU so its not holding the 6990 back. . . Thats where the Kidney comes in
Edited by 8-Bit - 6/15/11 at 1:50pm
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