I7-950 vs i5-2500k At a toss up on 8x/8x vs 16x/16x pci

I posted a few weeks about about building a new comp and was told to wait for SB and see how good they were. So now I'm at the point where I would like to start gathering everything and build it in the next week or two. But could use some advice or pointed to some benchmarks I can use to judge which would be the better build.

Main use will be gaming (3rd 22" 1980 x1200 monitor to be added march 3rd Along with second gtx 570), secondary design and rendering in adobe and blender, last surfing and whatnot

Don't need OS, monitors, keyboard, mouse. Already ordered basic Asus dvd burner and masscool G751 shin-etsu.

Settled on the following parts.

Case Cooler Master HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower 140.00

HSF Cooler master Hyper 212 30.00

HDD Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb 45.00

PSU Seasonic X-Series SS760KMACTPFCF3 760 Watt Modular ATX Power Supply 180.00

GPU ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card 350.00

Now the part I'm not sure which would be better for me. Since im going with nvidia for the better performance in blender and adobe applications I'm gonna have to add a second video card for tri-screen gaming.

1. Will the Seasonic 760 be enough for overclock on i7 / i5 plus 2 x gtx 570 .

2. would I lose performance going with the i5-2500k and its 8x/8x vs the i7-950 and its 16x/16x PCI lanes .

Parts to be determined. cpu+mb+mem I really like the look of either of the chips+mb very good performance and decent prices.

cpu Intel I5-2500k 180.00

mb Asus P8P67 Pro 190.00

mem G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL 90.00


cpu Intel I7-950 200.00

mb Intel sabertooth x58 200.00

mem G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL 135.00

It's only a 75.00 difference which is small enough I'm willing to go with either at the moment.
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    For the money the 2500K is IT at the moment for gaming. There are boards out for the LGA1155 that support x16 x16 CF, SLI, thanks to a NF200 chip.
  2. Best answer selected by irishnerd.
  3. Oh I like. I hann't seen any x16 x16 for the 1155 socket yet so wasn't sure if I should go back to the i7-950 but if that's the case. I will go ahead and start grabbing all the items and just wait on a socket 1155 motherboard.

    Thanks for pointing that out. Guess I should have just kept looking before posting.
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