So will i get bottlenecked by the amd cpu or components? I can't seem to find any current intel vs. amd multi gpu benchmarks. Also is it unwise to go with crossfire on an intel board? any other comments/suggestions?
for intel, get a z68 board with an i7 2600k or an i5 2500k.
for amd, get a ph ii x4 with the 990fx.
it's not unwise to go with intel for cfx. apparently cfx works better with sandy bridge cpus. core i7 2600k vs ph ii x6 1100t be
2500k and 2600k perform almost similarly in gaming. with a 2500k you'd save money.
If you can live without quick synch a good P67 is also a good option. Also, don't go for the more expensive boards that promise 16x/16x unless you really want tripple SLI. The added latency of the NF200 chip actually lowers performance slightly compared to the 8x/8x native to Sandy Bridge
I'm thinking about the dark rock pro for cpu cooling. best aircooling temps as far as i can see.
hope the board doesnt limit my oc though. my 955be was stuck at 3.8ghz cos of the cheapy asrock board.
i think 850watt should be plenty for a decent oc and crossfire no?
looking along the lines of a Thermaltake Armor A60 or an antec 900 ii v3 for efficient case cooling.
about the sapphire 6950's. would i have to get an aftermarket cooler if i unlock to 6970? im concerned about temps and lifetime cos ive had far too many gfx cards crap out on me. noise/temps very important for me.