1st build

im new to building and looking to build a gaming rig on a 1600$ budget not sure which way to go for best performance amd or intel been an amd fan for many years but not sure about the new bd cpus for gaming any advice will be very helpful
this is the build im looking at so far

COUGAR Evolution Black SECC ATX Full Tower Computer Case with Dual 12cm COUGAR TURBINE HYPER-SPIN Bearing Silent Fans
Item #: N82E16811553002

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Driv

XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80Plus Silver 750 Watt Power Supply

G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 PROFESSIONAL (B3) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W

EVGA M020-00-000234 Superclock CPU Cooler

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F60GBGT-BK 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

2 SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16


SAPPHIRE 11196-00-40G Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16

as im new to building your opinions will help me know if im on the right track for this build
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  1. It seems pretty good. I'd suggest you pick a z68 board though so that you can use your ssd as a cache to speed up your hdd. Personally i'd opt for a single 7950 rather than 2 6950. It uses less power, less heat compared to 2 cards in crossfire and it won't have any problem in games compared to the usual problems faced by multi gpu systems(micro-stuttering, etc..)
    Its a great build.Buy that 7950.
  3. whats the differance between p67 and z68
  4. gonna go with

    ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    and single 7950
    thank you for you opinions
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