Raw gaming build on high budget! 580, 590 or 6690?


- Case: Antec 1200 V3 Case with White LED case fans.
- Power Supply: OCZ ZX 850 Gold Rated PSU
- CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K 3.40GHz Sandybridge overclocked to 4.60GHz
- Motherboard: Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
- Cooler: Corsair H70 CPU Cooler
- RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 Dual Channel Kit
- Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB and Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 6GB/s SATA-II 32MB Cache
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 580 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card
- Sound: Realtek 7.1 Channel Sound (On-Board)
- Optical Drive: Samsung SH-B123L/RSBP 12x BD-ROM / 16x DVD Writer Drive - Black

First thing, since price isnt REALLY an issue, however if i can save some money by downgrading certain components to upgrade others that will be great! Bare in mind am planning to keep this for 2/3 years without upgrading! It is going to be my gaming and all round PC.

Shall i keep the i7 2600K or down grade to a i2500??

Shall i keep the 580, or go for the 6690 or a 590?? remember price isnt really an issue! I believe the new version of the 590 are more stable no?

Really in need of help here thanks!!
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  1. IMO, go for the 2500K and a pair of 6950s, with a pair of 6970/580 and a 2600K, you get ~20% performance increase but with a noticeably flatter wallet. You would even minimize the 20% with an healthy OC on both. A pair of 1Ghz 6950s and a 4.5Ghz should be very close to a equally maxed out 2600K/580 setup. Besides, when the 20% starts to make a difference, the more powerful solution is probably outdated also.

    Save the money and update a little more often, so you can have some flexibility. You can have more fun with tweaking also.
  2. I was planning for a single graphics card atm with a second one as an option later on. 6950 still ok on its own for now?
  3. Which monitor? a single 6950, especially those 900Mhz+ ones, would do 1080p fine.
  4. atm its a lousy 22inch, soon gna go for a 24 inch which is slightly higher than 1080p i believe, baring in mind this is not only a gaming rig its for general use as well
  5. Also is it worth changing the motherboard to 'Asus P67 Sabertooth Intel P67' ?
  6. "General purpose" needs no more than a Athlon X2 and an IGP, so problems in that.
    The sabertooth is a good board, but its P67 and has no real benefits other than the warranty.
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