a i5 2500k would be better, but uh if i could make a suggestion. If you can wait for the new Ivy, the Current Core i7's should drop in price by at least 50-60$. making them a good choice. You can have a 4 way SLI setup with video cards but still be bottlenecking your system, So try to keep Video Card and CPU at about the same level, you can take the video cards a little farther than the CPU before your bottlenecked. i would get the new NVIDIA kepler cards when they release in April. maybe one of the low end's and SLI it, because ohhhh they are all just so, so epicly Spec'd and prices are eh not so much.