Building a new rig, need advice

So I am just about to buy a new gaming rig, but I cannot decide between these two.

MoB: ASUS P8P67-M Pro
CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K
RAM: G.Skill DDR3 1600 4GB (2x2GB)
PSU: Gigabyte 800W Odin GT

Pro: Faster VGA, outstanding performance in SLI, 4 cores are (more than) enough for gaming (for now)
Contra: Power consumption, 2500K is going to be a bottleneck in a few years (correct me if I'm wrong), Thermals

MoB: ASUS Sabertooth P67 / P7P55D-E Pro
CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K / i7 870
VGA: ASUS GTX560 Ti DirectCu II
RAM: G.Skill DDR3 1600 4GB (2x2GB)
PSU: Gigabyte 800W Odin GT

Pro: Decent overclocking abilities, not going to be outdated soon, lower Power consumption, much better MoBos, high CPU
Contra: only midrange GPU, few games benefit from HT (now)


-I'm planning on SLI in a year
-Not going to overclock so much above 4GHz
-Now I currently have a 1280x1024 monitor, but I'll upgrade to a 1920x1200 one
-I'm playing games like Fallout 3 and New vegas, Crysis 1-2, BFBC2; BF3 and TESV: Skyrim in the future
-This is going to replace my ASUS N50VC notebook - C2D T5850 2.17GHz; GeForce 9300M GS (ran Crysis on minimum settings at ~12 FPS average, sometimes even Fallout 3 lagged)
-The 2 builds are around the same price, if I'm correct

+I will also be grateful for any other suggestions you may have, these can change according to what you advise. I am not a fan of any company, but I've always had Nvidia+Intel, they were pretty reliable, didn't have any experience with ATi/AMD, but I'm not against them.

Thanks :)
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  1. Erm.. Could not edit, but really wanted to because I see this is not the way I should ask...
  2. Are you purchasing a pre-built system or building you own here?

    I would go with the ASUS P8P67 board.

    Intel I7 2500 or 2600k. The 2500 should be fine for what you need.

    Go with the GTX 570 instead of the 560 ti. Better if you are going to SLi in the future.

    PSU: Go with Corsair 750w.

    Those are the changes I would make. Cost may be slightly more but better performance.
  3. Thanks for the advice!

    I am building my own system.

    I know that the 2500K is more than sufficient in gaming but I'm afraid that it won't be enough in a few years.

    PSU: That seems ok, but there are 2 of them:



    Which one?
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