New Gaming PC

I'm building a new gaming PC, and I have a couple of questions.
First off, would it be worth my money to buy two ATI 6970s for Crossfire, or should I go with two 6950s?
Second, the motherboard I was looking at (ASUS P8P67 Pro Intel P67 Motherboard) supports pci 2.0 running crossfire in x8 x8, would this hinder the performance of either setup?
Also, I've heard that the I5 2500k can actually out perform the I7 2600k in gaming, what's the better choice for a gaming rig?
I plan on installing liquid cooling later, but I was wondering how the stock cooler is for the new Intels, would it work o.k. if I didn't oc with it?
Thank you all in advance for your advice.
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  1. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <--- help us help you :) Monitor resolution, budget, what hardware if any do you already have; o/s, monitor, etc...

    And no real need for water cooling if this is a gaming rig. Air will do you just fine.
  2. Thermaltake VM600M1W2Z Dokker Tower Case
    Kingwin ABT-1000MA1S Mach 1 Modular Power Supply - 1000-Watt
    Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB x2
    Western Digital WD10EALS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64

    This is what I've decided on so far, I was hoping to spend $1800.00 or less total. I game on a 24" monitor at 1920/1080
  3. bubman said:
    Thermaltake VM600M1W2Z Dokker Tower Case
    Kingwin ABT-1000MA1S Mach 1 Modular Power Supply - 1000-Watt
    Corsair CMV4GX3M1A1333C9 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB x2
    Western Digital WD10EALS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64

    This is what I've decided on so far, I was hoping to spend $1800.00 or less total. I game on a 24" monitor at 1920/1080


    1) The 2500K is about as good as it gets for gaming. The extra $100 you spend for the 2600K can better be spent elsewhere if you have a budget.
    The 2600K will be marginally faster, after overclocking, depending on the quality of the specific sample.

    2) For gaming, spend your budget first on a great graphics card. If you are gaming on a single monitor at 1920 x 1200 or less, a single GTX580 will do all you want.
    Do not spend extra to prepare for SLI unless you anticipate a 2560 x 1600 monitor or triple monitor surround gaming. With a great single gpu card, you will avoid any problems with games that do not use multiple gpu's well.

    3) A quality 650w psu will drive any single gtaphics card made today. Quality units come from Seasonic, XFX, Antec, Corsair, and PC P&C to name a few.

    4) For gaming only, 4gb is mostly adequate. But since ram is cheap, I suggest a 8gb kit of 2 x 4gb.
    Here is an article on the benefits:
    http://blog.corsair.com/?p=65

    5) WD blue is not as high a performer as the black.

    6) Put $100-$200 in your budget for a SSD for the OS and apps. You will be pleased with how much snappier everything feels.

    7) A $30 cooler like the CM hyper212 will do the job. The $200+ you might spend on water cooling can be better spent elsewhere. The stock cooler is OK without OC. But you buy a "K" cpu to do some overclocking. If you get a top end cooler like the prolimatech megahalems rev b, you will cool just as well as a liquid cooler. It is much better to install your aftermarket cooler up front while the motherboard is out of the case.
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