Originally Posted by Kratthew D. Kraids
What's wrong with my suggestion? Those two 6950's unlocked will beat a 6990, AMD or not, the CPU isn't going to make the FPS past 60 noticeable.
there's nothing terribly wrong with your suggestion, and if he had to get a monitor as well I would agree with you.
However, with a budget of up to $1500 and a 2500k only being $210 or so and 1155 mobo's not being exorbitantly expensive as compared to amd boards it makes more sense performance-wise to go with the 2500k.
On a single monitor (unless he is sporting a 2560 X 1600) it makes no sense for him to get more then one high-end card either...especially for a first time build I wouldn't want him to try to deal with crossfire or sli issues when there would be no perceivable benefit in 95% of games he would play as compared to a 580 or 6970 solution