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Do you think I'd get full 100% usage with two 7870s using a 2500k at 4.5ghz? How about people with a 2500/2600k and two 680's, what's your GPU usage like? I don't want to have to go to SB-E due to the price, but I will if I have to.
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There is like no setup that a 2500k cannot push as well as any other cpu.

A 2500k CANNOT run quad sli with 4 graphics cards, therefore that is already out of the question. You pretty much have to get X79 if you want 4 cards.

Basically with a 2 card setup you will see no noticeable difference between a 2500k or a 2600k or a 3930k, except when you look at the final score of a benchmark.
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It depends on the resolution and what games your playing. If your running 640x480, your most likely going to have the cpu maxed. Playing at 1080p I don't think you would have any trouble with any 2 gpu set ups.
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For the most part I agree, but aren't there games where the 2600K pulls ahead? BF3 scales excellently to lower cpus with the same gpu, but games like skyrim depend on the cpu a lot.
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Originally Posted by StrictNine View Post

It depends on the resolution and what games your playing. If your running 640x480, your most likely going to have the cpu maxed. Playing at 1080p I don't think you would have any trouble with any 2 gpu set ups.

I'll be playing at 1080p, and as we know, the higher the res the less CPU dependant and the more GPU dependant it becomes, but I was just a tad worried that I was overestimating what a 2500k could do when dealing with such a ton of GPU power.
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Just take a look at these benchmarks.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3960x-x79-sandy-bridge-e,3071-15.html

The 2500k is pretty much going to perform identical to the 2600k in every game.

Although I don't see why you cannot spend the extra ~$100 on a 2600k if you are going to be spending ~$700+ on gpus if you are worried a 2500k won't suffice.
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Just take a look at these benchmarks.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3960x-x79-sandy-bridge-e,3071-15.html
The 2500k is pretty much going to perform identical to the 2600k in every game.
Although I don't see why you cannot spend the extra ~$100 on a 2600k if you are going to be spending ~$700+ on gpus if you are worried a 2500k won't suffice.

I agree with you 100% you hit that one right on the head!smile.gif
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Just take a look at these benchmarks.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-3960x-x79-sandy-bridge-e,3071-15.html
The 2500k is pretty much going to perform identical to the 2600k in every game.
Although I don't see why you cannot spend the extra ~$100 on a 2600k if you are going to be spending ~$700+ on gpus if you are worried a 2500k won't suffice.

That's my line of thinking...a little HT never hurts. I'm hoping the 2600K/2700K goes down in price a little before August. I'm probably guna go with one of them instead of the 3770K.
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On a side note, i don't think the 'gpu usage' in CCC is any indication of a bottleneck. My 6990 runs only 60% load on both cores when playing BF3, cause it's a well optimized game. When running Crysis 1 it's fully loaded and way hotter devil.gif
    
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