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P67 vs Z68 (Need Help Choosing Motherboard)

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July 1, 2011 8:10:14 PM

Which one is better and what are the differences?
I'm looking for a motherboard for i5-2500k or i7-2600k (haven't decided, don't really know the differences).

Also can you help me pick a motherboard from Newegg that would suit my needs. (Let me know if you need more information).
July 1, 2011 8:33:21 PM

I've narrowed it down to these 4. I'm not quite sure which one is the best. But I would like it to last a while and I want it upgradeable. A lot of them share the same features except that the ASRock has an extra PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot and the Gigabyte one has some more ports.

I'm going to be using this for gaming mostly as well as other stuff like school work (simulators, debugging, networking) and possibly AutoCad or Photoshop.

I also would like to overclock the cpu which is another reason why I haven't decided i5 or i7 because I don't know which one would be better for that. I would like to try Crossfire or SLI in the future, but it is not required right now.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI Z68A-GD65 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $179.99 ($169.99 w/ rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 1, 2011 8:44:13 PM

get the asrock. you already decided that u wanted a z68?
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July 1, 2011 8:58:44 PM

Well I read some other articles and everyone just said that the z68 combines the features of P67 and H67 so I just decided to go with it. I'm not quite sure what the actual differences are, but that's what I've read so..

I was leaning towards the ASRock from the beginning just because of the extra PCI Express slot and it is Tomshardware recommended.

July 1, 2011 9:08:28 PM

the major difference is overclockability, being able to use integrated gpu for editing and intel's ssd caching. z68 is very worthwhile. asrock was reviewed on toms. i think best option due to upgradability and price. msi is cheaper but imo asrock much better at oc'ing
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