Can I join in your benchmark competition? I'd like to test at at least 2560x1600 with 4xAA. I'll be using an i3, an H61 board, 4GB of cheap DDR3 RAM and a GTX590, which I think has a similar cost to your proposed FX-8150/16GB DDR3-1866/Aftermarket cooler/6970 system. Of course I jest, but my point is that of course an FX system will be faster if you graphics bottleneck the competition. It's worth noting also that an i5-2500k performs almost identically in games to an i7-2600k, and of course is significantly cheaper. Furthermore, cheap P67 boards are available with all the FPS of a high end Z68 in single GPU gaming.