Help in deciding a Gaming Rig

Greetings everyone!

In the process of building a gaming rig right now.
I am in a lot of dilemma, so i thought, this might be the best place to get some insight.

Here is what i was thinking,

- Asus Maximus IV Extreme B3 / Gigabyte Z68X-UD7 / Asus Sabertooth P67 (this is much cheaper compared to the other two)

i5 2500k or i7 2600k?

EVGA GTX580 or 2x MSI GTX 560 OC Ti Twin Frozr II ?

1 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance PC1866 C9 CMZ

Normally, I play simbin games like iracing, netkar, rfactor, and occasionally the latest ones.. but i need a PC that will run these games smoothly, also i will be connecting it to a 32" LCD TV

So now im confused whether to go with 1155 socket or 1366?
what basically the difference in performance?

If 1366, the how is the i7 960's performance?

I am sorry, i know i am asking a lot of question.. but need some advise..
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  1. Socket 1155 is the way to go.

    i5-2500k is the same as i7-2600k in gaming performance.

    All the motherboards you listed are considerably "overkill" for your needs. Something like ASUS P8Z68-v PRO or ASRock Extreme4 GEN3 or Gigabyte UD3 would be fine, all supporting SLI at x8/x8.

    RAM: SandyBridge (socket 1155) motherboards require dual channel RAM, so stick with 8GB but look for 2x4GB sticks. 1600MHz, CL9, 1.5v recommended for best price vs performance.

    Graphics cards - If you think you will upgrade in the future and add a second GTX 580 in SLI, go with a single GTX 580 now and leave that upgrade path open. If you plan just to build and stick with it, SLI 560Ti's will cost less and give better performance in the initial build. Either way, both options will give you more than enough FPS at ultra settings on 1920x1080 resolution (FULL HD).

    Filling out this build advice template might help you get some better feedback:
  2. sorry about the template.. didnt know it :)
    i intend to keep this build for sometime without upgrade..
    I think you are spot on about the single GTX580.. can always add another on in future..

    i dont intend to OC initially, but might do it at a later stage..
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