Originally Posted by bratas
Save yourself the $100 and get the 2500k, these chips can easily hit 5Ghz (tho you will need a good cooler.)
...As for GPU's, if your budget can afford the GTX 580 and EVGA for their unprecedented lifetime warranty. Now if that is a little out of budget, then I would suggest Asus for the Non-Referenced GTX 570. If you don't go Asus (mainly for the crap CS and short warranty), then I'd suggest EVGA GTX 570 Superclocked. YES YES I know but you could OC the card yourself, the problem is 570's have been known to blow up and if you get the 570 SC from EVGA they have already tested and confirmed the OC and still provide the lifetime warranty.
Hi Bratas (Directed at Bratas cause of the similar systems, but, open to anyone, so please I appreciate all your opinions)
I am currently building a new system and selected most of what you have in your current system.
CPU: i7 2600K
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5-B3
RAM: Corsair XMS3 2000MHz
Cooling: Noctua NH-D14
SSD: Corsair Performance 3
HD: Caviar Black 1.5TB
I wanted your opinion though... you mentioned that you felt the 2500k would be better for gaming and general work. I enjoy overclocking, but, my goal isn't to continually aim for higher and higher speeds. I am more of a gamer and a movie watcher, I also use various CAD software, materials engineering software, design applications (Adobe CS3 package) and do a considerable amount of downloading...
I was wondering if you felt the i7 2600k (Â£215) was the right choice of CPU or would I get by with a i5 2500k (Â£157)?
Also wanted to know your opinion on the MSI Geforce GTX 460 Hawk graphics card... I was planning on Dual SLI with two of them... I currently have a PALIT Geforce GTX 460... Would it be better for me to Dual SLI or get a 580?
Also I hope you won't mind me drawing any knowledge and tips on overclocking my CPU...