Re: Better with a i5-2500k or i7-2600k for the futur?
First off, I'm going to comment on the Ultra psu. My first psu was from Ultra and it started making whining noises after 2-3 years...plus it did not cool nearly as well as my OCZ does now. Now, perhaps they've made them a little better since then, but I still recommend either Corsair, Antec, or OCZ PSUs.
As for the rest, I think a P8P67 Pro, i7 2600k, and an ASUS GTX 580 or 570 will give you the best performance for games and overclocking.
Is $1700 in USD?
Asus P5Q Motherboard * OC'ed Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.82ghz w/ Arctic Silver 5 * OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 1066ghz * Kingston Hyper X (2x2gb) DDR2 1066ghz * EVGA GTX 560 Ti Superclocked * Ultra X-Blaster ATX Mid-Tower * OCZ Vertex 2 120gb * WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 rpm * OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular PSU * Sony Optaric DVD Burner * Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit * 22" LG Flatron W2252TQ LCD * LG Flatron E2281
Samsung Series 7 17.3" Laptop w/ 256gb Vertex 4 SSD