Best Z68 board for 2500k - not overclocking

Dude there are WAY too many motherboard options... I've read reviews... too much info...

I just want a good Z68 board for a 2500k.. I'm not planning on overclocking...


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  1. Why do you want a Z68MB?
    Next time. ask a coherent question.
  2. "2500k - not overclocking" is an oxymoron statement.

    $128 Cheap but okay: ASRock Z68 PRO3 ->

    $160 Middle of the road and good: Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 ->

    $200 Solid and dependable: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ->

    Compared ->|13-128-498^13-128-498-TS%2C13-131-730^13-131-730-TS%2C13-157-251^13-157-251-TS
  3. Intel designed the 2500k for overclocking ...... if ya not going to OC, drop the k\\

    Do you know why you want the Z68 ?

    What are you putting in it ?

    Is twin GFX cards is in the picture ? At what level ?

    Does warranty length affect your choice ? (Asrock boards max out at 2 years. most other reputable brands at 3 years)
  4. As the 2500k is only $10 more than the 2500, I guess there is no reason not to get it thus providing me the option in the future to overclock.

    Why do I want the Z68? Well because that what everyone says is the best chipset for the 2500k these days. And something about caching with SSD's which I plan to have.
  5. No twin Gfx cards... This system will be hopefully optimized for photoshop...

    I would like to install 8-16GB of RAM... 1600Mhz I guess..

    Warranty not really a concern between 2 and 3 years
  6. Maybe read this first,2939.html

    I suggest the ASRock Extreme 4 (as I do for almost any Z68 build that is not ultra high end or very application specific). But sorry to reiterate but it is hard to recommend a board when you are not clear about your usage, budget, brand preference, other components you want it to be compatible with etc.

    Also if your not overclocking and have no intention of any video editing then why not save a few bucks and get a i5-2500 and P67 mobo or invest the savings in other components?
  7. My intention is the build a PC optimized for Photoshop editing. I'm taking a 2500k over the 2500 because it's a $10 difference. Might as well incase I get brave enough to over clock down the road.

    As for P67 boards... they're almost as much as Z68 boards... and Z68 boards have SSD caching which could be useful as I may boot off and SSD.
  8. Firstly SSD caching is not the same as booting from an SSD.

    That aside, for photoshop editing (again it can depend on your usage specifics; whether you are usually editing small or large files, at what resolution, what colour mode etc.) I would suggest you consider the motherboard I mentioned above (is the GEN 3 version), but the main performance enhancing factors you need to consider are:
    - RAM: at least 8GB I would recommend 16GB
    - HDD: a scratch disk, or partition of one (ideally one for storage and one for scratch)

    Hope that helps :)
  9. My recommendations are allways - k cpu and a Z68 MB.
    (1) on i5-2500 vs i5-2500k, comments seem Even split, save the (SMALL) diff in price if you are not going to OC. Bah Hum Bum. Minds change. But there is a 2nd diff that few mention. The 2500 use the HD2000 while the 2500k uses the HD3000 - Cost/value I5-2500K Best choice

    (2) On MB's the Z which combines the best of H and P series MB for a very modest cost increase!
    Again the Z68 offers other advantages over the H67 other than OCing that make the cost increase reasonable, Not just the SRT aspect (not a fan of SRT so my basis are on the other features.

    On Motherboards - pay attention to How the 2 PCI-e X16s are configured, If SLI/Xfire is "No way in Hell" then x16/x4 is fine, if remote possibility verify x8/x8. Also pay close attention to the number of SataII and Sata III ports - Not from today's requirement, but what you invision downstream.
    EX: Have in my system 1 Blu-ray writer (SATA II), 2 SSDs (Intel Sata III), one 1 TB HDD (SATA II). Plan on adding a DVD drive (already have) and a 2nd HDD. I'll have to move the HDD to the marvel SATA III port. That's it no more SATA ports (ASRock Z68 Ext4). Not a lover of marvel controlled and SATA III HDDs are more a marketing tool than a performance enhancement.

    USB3 and USB2 ports are normally not a problem.

    COMMENT - Verify that the Z68 MB has a hdmi output connect on it if you whant to use the power savings of using the HD3000 GPU for 2D (email/internet/office apps) and the Dedicated GPU for gaming.
  10. Rather than reinventing the wheel, here's a build I proposed for an Adobe Premier/Photoshop build. It had a side job - Gaming.

    CPU 315 Intel Core i7-2600K
    MOBO 200 ASUS P8Z68-V PRO
    RAM 140 (2) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM

    GPU 310 EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570
    SSD 200 OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 120GB
    HDD 60 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    HDD 60 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    PSU 100 CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M
    CASE 88 CM RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced
    OS 140 Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-bit - OEM
    ODD 22 ASUS 24X DVDR - Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

    HSF 58 Thermaltake Frio

    HSF 126 CORSAIR H100 Liquid CPU Cooler

    CPU 350 Intel Xeon E3-1275
    MOBO 230 ASUS P8B WS
    RAM 224 Crucial UDIMM 2(2x4GB) 16GB ECC CT2KIT51272BA1339
  11. I m not as super expert as some here but I would go for a mobo which has Hi-C Caps installed instead of Solid state ones. This is new awesome power management technology which keeps voltages super steady etc etc.. These are expensive top range mobos, was it MSI forerunner in this tech as remember.

    And yeah.. don't buy Asrock Z68 Pro3(-M) if you don't want to spend hours of troubleshooting.. have 2 bad experiences, not quality stuff.
  12. If the OP doesn't OC none of this matters too much, the MSI has great marketing but there's no proof from the less than stellar vCore's that I've seen.

    Nice charts ->
  13. I have the Intel DZ68DB, with I7-2600K and 16gb ddr3-1600 corsair vengeance.

    Very stable vanilla Intel board.

    My 2600K is overclocked to 4.7ghz no sweat

    probably fine for you at stock!
  14. I'm running the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P and it's an excellent board.
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