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Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333 thats off the intel site i didnt think it would be compatible for the 2600k and 2500k /says same thing for both
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I think you're worrying about cooling overmuch, given there's only one video card. Sandy Bridge is not like the power-hungry processors of the past, so you should be fine without extra case fans on the CPU front unless you're trying to heavily overclock.

The haf 912 comes with two fans (intake in the front, exhaust right by the CPU heatsink at back). Those two fans will probably be enough on their own, so I wouldn't worry about paying for a more compelx system unless you have problems after everything is set up. Although maybe there are quieter fans you get to replace the 2 that come with the case? I don't have a haf 912, so I can't tell you if the default fans are good or not. You can replace them with if you want to spend an extra $20 or so. I dunno. I've never had to buy extra case fans before.

Edit: The better motherboards (such as the z68 boards) can handle 1600mhz RAM. You generally won't see a performance boost in real-world applications. 1333mhz is fine for Intel. Other types of computers (past Intels, AMDs) benefit more from faster RAM, so for some long time builders it's a habit to look quickly towards getting better RAM.

I'd stick with what you have. Then again, 1600mhz RAM is only like $6 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226288
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I'd say the 2600K makes the most sense for you, especially given your budget. However, when do you plan to build? There is a lot going on with Intel at the moment, so waiting to see how things play out over the next few weeks could be your best bet. The 3570K and 3770K are coming out and could be viable options for you. Also, pricing on SB could be all over the place when IB launches. You stated that you are 200 miles away from a Microcenter, but we could easily see deals from other vendors. If any online retailer makes 2600Ks available for around the same price as Microcenter, just grab one and don't think twice about it. Just check all the usual suspects (meaning more than just Newegg) for deals over the next couple/few weeks.
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Dual 570s is a generally poor choice.

I SLI'd my 570 so I have the extra muscle for a possible 2560 x 1600 30" monitor.
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I'd say 2600k if you are going to do a lot of video and photo editing. If not, 2500k is your best choice. The xeon series are for servers and workstation if I am correct so don't even bother with those.
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Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333 thats off the intel site i didnt think it would be compatible for the 2600k and 2500k /says same thing for both

SandyBridge LGA 1155 socket will do 2133MHz max on the RAM. I have mine running at that now.. but anything higher it won't boot, doesn't matter what the timings or voltage is.

LGA 2011(SB-E) will go higher than 2133, and IB 1155 I think supports 2800MHz or something crazy like that.

It's not "offical" but that's what they will do. no worries.
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for right now ill just wait and see how things play out with prices, and try to learn more about what im actually building
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Why not go with an LGA 2011 platform and pick up a 4-core i7 3820? It;s cheaper than the 2600k, plus you get support for dual native 16x PCI-E 3.0 slots, as well as support for up to 6gb of quad-channel memory.

Edit: I meant 64gb of quad-channel memory.
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right now would be like $2200 build using a i7 3820 pretty much im waiting for that ivy see what happens at that point and im gonna be getting a job so ill have more
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