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Old June 16, 2011, 12:41 PM
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Despite having been an AMD user since 2004, I think it's time I take a look at Intel's SB.

Currently using a Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.5 ghz, and I am thinking of going 2500k with an Asus p8268-v pro mobo. When I bought my 720, I figured it would be good for a couple years, but I think I'm starting to notice bottle necks now that it's paired with my 6970.

I think this combo can be had for around ~$450 or less, and was wondering if you guys think this is a good bang for my buck.

Doing some research, it is my understanding that z68 has some sort of caching ability to improve boots and load times...definitely interested in that.

I think overall I'd like to stay below $500 total, keeping in mind i have about $95 in GCs to NCIX.

So what do you think? Is 2500k with z68 a good pairing? Or would it be better to stay with the P67? I do plan on moderate overclocks, so I'd like to retain the ability to do that (as far as I understand, this is only possible on z68 and P67?)

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either or wil lserve you good but its quite close to the bd release from what iread online soo...:)
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Old June 17, 2011, 08:20 AM
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my friend seems to think that the ASUS board I mentioned above isn't SB...Is that correct?

Also, anyone know off hand how effective the caching actually is? Would I have enough space with a 60gb SSD?
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ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS P8Z68-V PRO


Intel® Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors

havent twinkered much with that,but i've seen some with less space go at it,and pretty well too.
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Old June 29, 2011, 09:34 PM
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So I think I'm pretty dead set on getting a 2500k. The jump to i7 just doesn't seem worth it to me?

Anyways, I am at a loss as to which mobo i should select. I think I've narrowed it down to these ones:

NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P8Z68-V Pro Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8Z68-V PRO - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P8Z68-V Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI Motherboard - ASUS - P8Z68-V - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 ATX LGA1155 Z68 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 - in Canada
NCIX.com - Buy MSI Z68A-GD65-B3 Z68 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 2PCI DVI HDMI VGA USB3 SLI SATA3 Motherboard - MSI/MicroStar - Z68A-GD65 - in Canada

long shot pick:

NCIX.com - Buy ASRock FATAL1TY P67 Professional B3 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard - ASRock - Fatal1ty P67 Professional (B3) - in Canada


just a few questions..

1. what is the difference between the Asus P8z68-v Pro and the P8z68-v ? I can't seem to find one, other than the fact that the latter is $20 cheaper.
2. how is MSI for mobo quality? I had an mp3 player of theirs back in the day, and TBH it kind of sucked (~2003).
3. I know Asrock is a part of the ASUS family, but I've never had any experience with them, or known anyone who has had one. Good choice, or stick with the ASUS?
4. What's the big difference between z68 and p67? Will I be handcuffing myself in the future if I go with the p67?
5. Where does Gigabyte fall into this? I had a Gigabyte board paired with an AMD Barton 3000+ and I never had any complaints. From what I can gather, they still make solid boards. If you had to rank these companies, where would GB fit?


ps. also, thinking of getting the coolermaster v6 heatsink. I hope it fits and doesn't have any clearance issues with the ram?
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So I think I'm pretty dead set on getting a 2500k. The jump to i7 just doesn't seem worth it to me?
1. what is the difference between the Asus P8z68-v Pro and the P8z68-v ? I can't seem to find one, other than the fact that the latter is $20 cheaper.
2. how is MSI for mobo quality? I had an mp3 player of theirs back in the day, and TBH it kind of sucked (~2003).
3. I know Asrock is a part of the ASUS family, but I've never had any experience with them, or known anyone who has had one. Good choice, or stick with the ASUS?
4. What's the big difference between z68 and p67? Will I be handcuffing myself in the future if I go with the p67?
5. Where does Gigabyte fall into this? I had a Gigabyte board paired with an AMD Barton 3000+ and I never had any complaints. From what I can gather, they still make solid boards. If you had to rank these companies, where would GB fit?


ps. also, thinking of getting the coolermaster v6 heatsink. I hope it fits and doesn't have any clearance issues with the ram?
Thanks!
Of course it is not worth it to get the i7 especially when the virtual cores are only active during heavily threaded applications (> 4 threads). The Core i5 2500K is a great deal especially when you could grab a 40GB SSD as a cache for SRT + Core i5 2500K for about the same price as a Core i7 2600K.

1. They both look pretty much the same but I'll go with the cheaper one. The cheaper one has all the basic features that you will ever need.
2. MP3 players are not motherboards and MSI has come a long way in terms of quality. They are pretty good MSI motherboards out there and they are good value as well compared to Asus.
3. ASRock has been getting quite a lot of good reviews lately and the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 is a good choice if you want the best bang for the buck Z68 motherboard.
4. If you're using a discrete GPU, not worried about IGP performance and not interested in SSD caching then the P67 board is just as good as a Z68 board. Both of them could achieve good overclocks.
5. I don't think it is possible to rank Gigabyte, Asus, MSI and ASRock. All of them make good boards and offer pretty much similar features although Gigabyte's selling point would be durability and a lot of power phases.

The V6 will fit as long as you're not looking into RAMs with tall heatsink.
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