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Old September 12, 2011, 06:36 PM
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I about to do a midrange build for gaming.
My budget is about 900$ for the case and whatever goes inside

For an intel i5 2500 or 2500k, with an ASUS GTX560 VGA, which board would you choose:

ASUS P8Z68-V Z68 for 170$
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ASUS P8P67 Pro for 190$

and finally how much of an advantage would the intel smart response technology give me in terms of boot time and overall performance?

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Old September 12, 2011, 07:44 PM
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Intel SRT is a lot of fun, but it might be rough to include an SSD in a 900$ build
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Old September 12, 2011, 07:50 PM
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well if it is a nice to have option, maybe i could buy the z68 and further down the road buy the ssd

how much of an improvement would i see compared to running an ssd as a boot drive let's say?
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Old September 14, 2011, 07:19 PM
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I would get the Z68 mobo if it's less money than the P67 (out of those choices). Save $20 and get the Intel onboard option.

But, choose based on features you think you might need? My two cents...
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Old September 15, 2011, 06:36 PM
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ASUS z68 v-pro is a damn nice board, very fast, and apprently overall a very sweet board. You can compare the differences between those 2 boards on many review sites, basically you got P67/H67/Z68, Z68 give you all the features of both latter plus some extras and overall is the better choice.

Also if you want to see all the models ASUS has in this family
ASUS - Z68 Editor's Choice

FYI there is a pretty decent price range for all these different models, I am sure you can scroung up the reviews if need be, the 3rd model looks to be the best choice in regards to price difference etc and offers virtually the same spec list as the v-pro and is also a few $ cheaper, I myself use NCIX.ca for my shopping as they do price matching so you can usually save yourself quite a few $ on a full build if you go the right places.

Unless you are an Nvidia person through and through I personally would go for a Radeon 6950 2gb card.

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