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My configuration is in my signature

Am currently playing at 1920x1080, I have another monitor at 1080p, so I am thinking of getting another and do surround gaming.

Lets say I get 74 to 85fps in BF3, and 50 to 60fps in Crysis 2, 80 to 120fps in metro 2033. All this at 99% both GPUs

So at 99% both GPUs usage, AMD vs any Intel is there any gain?
I might consider a 2500k or 2600k if there can be around 10-20% gain.

I'm only going to play games, with a little encoding every now and then.
Recommend a board as well if you thumbs up the upgrade, I am thinking of a platform with enough spacing between the two GPU slots so that my upper card can get some air, currently I have only 1 slot spacing. Also the motherboard should run both at 8x/8x or more.

Also I'm curious about any improvement in BF3, since my friend said I'd get 15fps improvement and I looked at him as if he was an alien.
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The i5 2500K/2550K walks all over anything AMD has out right now, and the 2600K has an even larger margin in things like encoding, as do their Ivy Bridge counter parts. If I were you I would grab a Z77 board and a 3570K Ivy Bridge, build your system around that and enjoy the next few years.
    
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I heard the i5 2500k at 4.5ghz is better than anything ivy can offer since they are bad overclockers, so am in a fix.

Also please recommend a motherboard!

A specific model
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I heard the i5 2500k at 4.5ghz is better than anything ivy can offer since they are bad overclockers, so am in a fix.
Also please recommend a motherboard!
A specific model

Meh, An overclocked Ivy @4.2GHz would be equivalent to an OC'd Sandy @4.5Ghz. Its not better than ivy, I'm pretty sure most ivy chips hit 4.5Ghz which would be ~4.8GHz on Sandy

Personally I would just go for the 2500K, since it is cheaper right now.
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Meh, An overclocked Ivy @4.2GHz would be equivalent to an OC'd Sandy @4.5Ghz. Its not better than ivy, I'm pretty sure most ivy chips hit 4.5Ghz which would be ~4.8GHz on Sandy
Personally I would just go for the 2500K, since it is cheaper right now.
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Where did you get these numbers? The only difference between Ivy and Sandy is the manufacturing process they use, as far as instruction goes they are identical. Unless Intel changed something I am not aware of a 4.2ghz Sandy is the same as a 4.2ghz Ivy. The difference is that Intel changed from a fluxless solder to attach the IHS to the chip to thermal paste in Ivy, thus causing Ivy to run hotter than Sandy.
    
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Where did you get these numbers? The only difference between Ivy and Sandy is the manufacturing process they use, as far as instruction goes they are identical. Unless Intel changed something I am not aware of a 4.2ghz Sandy is the same as a 4.2ghz Ivy. The difference is that Intel changed from a fluxless solder to attach the IHS to the chip to thermal paste in Ivy, thus causing Ivy to run hotter than Sandy.
ivy has about a 5% performance increase over sandy. I am on my phone so I cannot provide any links. Google it.
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You'll pick up the kinds of gains you're looking for on anything that isn't GPU-limited. A 2500K pushed to its maximum potential is quite a bit faster than any Deneb pushed to the max.

Whether or not Sandy is better than Ivy depends on whether or not you overclock. Ivy is a little faster, but the main improvements in Ivy have to do with the on-board GPU, which of course you could care less about. Ivy's main purpose for existing is so Intel has a more competitive part with AMD's APU's, especially with the new ones about to come out.

If you can get Sandy for cheaper than the equivalent Ivy, you're better off going that route. The extra MHz you get from overclocking will make up for Ivy's slightly better IPC.
     
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