Okay, so I've come up with the following setup. Basically what I need is a double check to make sure everything is compatible, everything will run properly (while overclocking), and that nothing is being overlooked. One of my main concerns is the motherboard, while I'm set on the 2600K - I can't decide between Z68 and P67. Even then I can't decide if I should go with a high end board or a low end board. I plan on overclocking to 4.5+ on the GPU as well as running SLI later on. Please help with choosing a proper motherboard if you at all can.
*NOTE: My budget says infinite, which is true. However, I do not want an absolute 100% top of the line computer. I'm trying to build something that's like 85%-90%. This way I keep costs at a manageable level and aren't overpaying for minor upgrades.
**NOTE: I would rather have actual fact and reasoning than a pure opinion. Please give me a rational and not just "go with this instead of that," so that I may make an educated decision.
I am also getting the obvious pieces - HDD, thermal paste, CD/DVD-ROM, etc.. just so no one thinks I've forgotten about them and left them out.
I would greatly appreciate any advice, especially regarding the motherboard selection and RAM. I just don't want to pay almost $300 for a motherboard that is virtually the same as a $200 Z68 or $150 P67. Also the RAM is something I always struggle with on new builds, there's far too many variations and series' of the same exact models (1333, 1600, etc..)
drop down to the i52500k, it's equal to gaming with i7.
100$ saved, get a gtx 570,
save some money on the cooler, get the hyper 212+ evo cooler, you can oc the cpu past 4.5ghz easily http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
get 8gb ram which is very optimal for gaming nowadays.
As stated manu 11, I am set on getting the i7, I want the HyperThreading capability. The heatsink may be something to think about changing. I am getting 8GB, 2x of the above.
I truly appreciate your opinions/recommendations on motherboards, however that doesn't help me. I would like information on why there is a gap. For example the two you listed, why is one $150 more than the other? They're both Z68 boards, generally have the same features (UEFI, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, etc..) but one is much more. I am trying to understand why this is so I can make an educated decision on which is best for what I need. Also, why ASRock as opposed to MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte?
for general tasks, i7 is not needed, as you stated , games do not take advantage of ht, i5 would save you some bucks and will give you same performance.
As for asrock, they make really nice quality mobo's and give really nice price to performance ratio
the first mobo i listed has less pci 3.0x16 slots, so it can only do 2 cards at x8 x8, but the second one has tri sli support and for dual cards, it has x16x16.
Go with the motherboard you have in your original list OP. Thats a nice motherboard and no one has had problems with it. Also i would step up to the GTX 570, sure the 560 will get you buy for now, but its not really a forward thinking card, its more of a right now card. I would definetly go with 8 gigs of ram, and with ram prices the way they are right now, theres almost no excuse not to, unless you have a budget, which you have already stated is not the case. Its also shown that for gaming 8 gigs will help things run a tiny bit faster, and faster is ALWAYS better when it comes to games. I would also stick with the processor for the same reason im telling you to upgrade the card. Its more of a right now item too, it will run whats out there, But i bet in a year you will wish you had gone with the i7