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Asus P8P67 and Core i7 2600k, good idea?

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July 24, 2011 7:42:53 AM

I currently have an Asus P5KC, Core 2 Duo e6850, and 4GB of Patriot Sector 5 RAM. I'm thinking of purchasing an Asus P8P67 along with a Core i7 2600k. Would this be a good idea, or are there any issues with this combination?

Also, does anyone know any information on the overclocking possibilities with the board? I'm on a limited budget and this motherboard and CPU seem like a really good deal, I just want to be sure I'm making the right choice before I buy them.

Any feedback or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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July 24, 2011 8:25:16 AM

You should drop down to a core i5-2500k or 2400k for that matter, you won't regret it. They are more than enough.
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July 24, 2011 8:36:40 AM

I have a P8P67 with a 2600k, and for the most part it works great... However, I do have issues with it not coming out of Sleep, which apparently is very common if you overclock it with the P67 board. It appears to be an issue with the chipset, so you might want to bump up to the Z68 boards.
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July 24, 2011 8:43:50 AM

Well, the problem is that I'm on a really tight budget and Microcenter has the Asus P8P67 for $111 and the 2600 for $249 or the 2600k for $279. Problem is, they don't stock the 2500 series so I'm basically stuck with the 2600 or 2600k.

The sleep thing isn't an issue; I've had that on previous boards and I've basically gotten used to it. I'm more concerned on how the board performs on a whole. My graphics cards is a POV 465 GTX flashed to a 470 and I've got 4GB of Patriot Sector 5 RAM (7-7-7-18).

I just want to make sure I see a definite peformance increase from my last system (Asus P5KC, Core 2 Duo, etc.)
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July 24, 2011 12:47:05 PM

Oh, you'll see an increase from Core 2 Duo for sure =) If you can and your budget allows it, go for i7-2600K. It's the most powerful CPU out there and those who say that i5-2500K are right, but I suspect that i7-2600k's hyperthreading will be useful sooner or later. And it's a hell of a deal, anyway - I say go for it!
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July 26, 2011 8:19:12 PM

If you have no plans for doing work like 3D rendering, the i5-2500k is the best bang out of your bucks. Since you're by a microcenter.. grab the 2500k for $180 and save $40 on either a P67 or Z68 motherboard. You won't regret it.
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July 26, 2011 8:34:51 PM

^ You're right, but this attitude on Tom's really troubles me... everybody totally disregards extra 2MB cache and HT which 2600/2600k have and always tells to "go for i5-2500K".

And the OP said that his Microcenter doesn't stock 2500 series.

As for the sleep issue, never had it on any desktop board (only on my ex-Vista laptop, lol).

If you can go for Z68, it would be even better than P67. If you have no other options, get that 2600K, but otherwise i5-2500K is better since you're on tight budget... maybe try a different store?

What do you want to do with the PC, gaming? More?
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July 27, 2011 6:03:07 PM

Go for a P8Z68 board with an i7 2600K.

Asus boards OC really well. As does the above CPU.

Make sure you get the "K" version for better OC.

You will see a DEFINITE performance increase over your current system.

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July 27, 2011 7:00:40 PM

hollow ropes said:
Well, the problem is that I'm on a really tight budget and Microcenter has the Asus P8P67 for $111 and the 2600 for $249 or the 2600k for $279. Problem is, they don't stock the 2500 series so I'm basically stuck with the 2600 or 2600k.

The sleep thing isn't an issue; I've had that on previous boards and I've basically gotten used to it. I'm more concerned on how the board performs on a whole. My graphics cards is a POV 465 GTX flashed to a 470 and I've got 4GB of Patriot Sector 5 RAM (7-7-7-18).

I just want to make sure I see a definite peformance increase from my last system (Asus P5KC, Core 2 Duo, etc.)

Based up the above conditions:

1. CPU: i7-2600K ; clear choice

2. RAM: The Sandy Bridge is best suited with 1.50v RAM, but can run 1.65v if needed. Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ (2 x 2GB) Model PGV34G1333ELK is 1.65v RAM. GPU you can't flash Stream Processors, memory interface, etc

3. PERFORMANCE: It depends upon 'what' you're trying to do. IF your doing simple things like Office Apps, Home photography, Internet, etc then NO there won't be any 'real world' differences. The Sandy Bridge is for heavy tasks or gaming and then YES you'll notice a sizable improvement.

E6850 vs i7-2600K -> http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/59?vs=287

Sandy Bridge performance -> http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-rev...

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December 3, 2011 12:19:52 AM

Just managed to get a bit of a bargain

Asus P8P67 pro for £50
8gb of corsair vengence 1.5v 1600mhz £32
I7 2600k retail (not oem) £149

All in for less than £250 delivered :)  thats hella good!!

Cant wait to see what the puppy is like, the weakspot will be my 80gb raptors and i already have a gtx 560 ti

now if i went on the basis that i could sell my E6750 and a p5 board with 8gb of 800 mhz and an 8800 gt 1gb for at least £100.00 it's cost me 150.00 or less, even better :)  should make my 560 sing a little better, as i was getting a little bit cpu bound on the later titles like skyrim/the run, but hopefully that will be a thing of the past now, but i cant knock the old system, it still rocks out even now i managed to play skyrim (outside mind!!) at 32 fps on a 8800 gt 1gb with it.. i think that's admirable
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