Hey there, just as the title says, what would be the best processor and components (mobo and ram especially) for the GTX 680? I'm thinking about getting a LGA 1366 socket compatible mobo and processor (eyeballin' the 980x/990x, good/bad idea?) as opposed to the more expensive LGA 2011 since it's cheaper, but is there a big difference in performance? I wouldn't mind spending a little more $$ to get the LGA 2011 if there is a big difference. Might even liquid cool it, but I'd have to learn how to do so (is this even worth the hassle and money?).
Oh, and is there a "better" brand/model for the GTX 680? I know about the EVGA FTW and whatnot, but I'm quite skeptical about all this. It just seems like a marketing strategy to me; I mean, I'm sure there's a difference in numbers (especially the $$), but is there really a huge difference? If so, which one would you recommend?
Hmm... so GTX670 over the GTX680? How big is the performance gap? I might have to check that out, and how do 7970's fare with Intel processors? If nVidia and Intel work better together, I'd rather go nVidia. And as for chassis, does it make a difference if I get micro ATX or ATX?
You sound really confident on that 5%. How true is that? $100+ difference in price for only 5% gain? That'd be crazy if it were true. What about the whole "bottleneck" between CPU and GPU? I'd like to get the best CPU and mobo that'd give the best performance when hooked up with the GTX 680, or even the 670 for that matter now.
Would the i7 from Bloomfield or Gulftown be considered as a current gen CPU? Thinking about the i7 965/975/980x/990x. Can't decide on which one, or if I should go with 'em at all. Looks like people on the web are favoring the 3xxx series.
Alright cool. So I decided on the GTX 670 and the i7 3770k. Which mobo would be best for this couple? Looking at the ASUS P8Z68, but can't decide as I am new to all this. Also, which brand/version of GTX 670 is the best for its price? I see some from 380-450 and can't tell if the $70 price gap makes a difference. Thanks again y'all.