I'm planning an upgrade in the next few weeks, and I'd love some advice on the build I have in mind. In particular, I see the 2500/2600K being hailed on lots of forums and I wonder if this is due to value for money, or some other factor? Plus, I'm havering about the gpu, 7950, 7850, 6850 are the ones I've been considering. I would prefer a Sapphire OC version of whichever card I get. Comments on RAM and SSD also welcomed. In fact, I'm open to advice about anything.
What I'm looking for from my new pc, is longevity, stability, low power consumption, low temperatures, and ability to run newest games (Guild Wars 2, Tera, etc) well. I might not bother overclocking this time (if I can resist that is).
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011
Cooling Fan: Asetek 510LC / Xtremegear Liquid Cooling system w/ 120mm Radiator (Asetek CPU Water Cooling
Motherboard: Asus P9X79 Pro Intel X79 Chipset, 3-Way SLI / Crossfire supported, 4 Channel DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ 8 RAM slots, UEFI Bios, BT GO, SSD Caching, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen3 PCIe x16 & 2 PCIe x1
Memory: 8GB (4x2GB) PC12800 DDR3/1600mhz Dual Channel Memory Kingston Hyper X Blu Series w/Heat Spreader
PSU: 850 Watts Power Supplies CoolerMaster 850watt Silent ProModular Gaming Power Supply, SLI / Crossfire ready
Hard Drive: 120 GB Corsair Force Series 3 SATA III Gaming MLC Solid State Disk [+15] (240GB (120GBx2) Raid 0 Extreme Performance
GPU Sapphire radeon OC 7950, 7850, 6850 (single gpu)
Win 7 64 bit prof
The thing with 2500k and 2600k is that they simply are very good every way you look at them. Any of them is more CPU than most people need.
I like your build but if you're gonna use a single GPU you could get a less powerful PSU and get 16GB RAM.
Also Sapphire is awesome