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I have a 2550K, Maximus V Gene, and a 6950 2 GB reference card currently. I'm planning to upgrade to dual 7970s under water in the next couple months, once the rest of my loop is finished. Thing is, my 2550K is going to run them at a somewhat bandwidth-constricted level, both @8x in PCIE 2.0. I could double the PCIE bandwidth by dropping in a 3770K to run them in PCIE 3.0 @8x each, or I could quadruple the bandwidth to PCIE 3.0 @16x with a Rampage Gene/3820 combo. I plan to OC the crap out of them since they'll be under water with plenty of cooling headroom (dual MCP35X's and dual 480 rads), and loop alone is crazy $$$, so should I make the jump to 2011? or stay 1155? And how would you stretch your dollars in this situation? Sell the 2550K and 6950? Sell the mobo/CPU/GPU as a combo? or build a separate, complete tower with the 1155 parts and sell it. I have a keyboard and mouse I could throw in, but I would need a tower, HDD, PSU, and possibly monitor if I wanted to sell it as a complete system.

BTW, if I jump to 2011 it will only be on the Rampage 4 Gene, since my heavily modded tower won't fit anything bigger than M-ATX and I don't like the AsRock board.
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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120 GB SSD WD Blue 2.5" ASUS DVD-RW Win7 Ultimate 
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Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Acer 23' LED LCD 5ms monitor Cooler Master Storm Trigger XFX 750w  
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NZXT Phantom Full Tower in White/Red Logitech G600 generic red/white/black mouse pad Sony 520w stereo 
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Bitfenix single-sleeved cable extensions Red Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech MCR420-QP Swiftech Apogee Drive II 
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post #2 of 3
Get a 3770k since you have a z77 board already
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if you wind up wanting to sell your 1155 setup, i've found it's usually easier to sell parts instead of complete systems.

but for what you already have a 3770k would be a decent step up from the 2550k and then you'd just have to drop in the 7970's and be off and running..
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Windows 10 Enterprise 3x Dell U2412M in Nvidia Surround Das Keyboard v4 Professional Corsair RM1000i 
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Fractal Design R5 Logitech G502 Proteus Core Glorious PC Gaming Race XXL Asus Xonar DX 
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Sennheiser HD 650 HiFiMan EF2A 
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