Sandybridge Mobo for 2600K Build

I'm trying to select a Sandybridge motherboard for a new build I'm working on, and I'm running into some confusion and having a hard time selecting a board. The rig will have either an i5 2500K or (ideally) an i7 2600K processor, a single discrete GPU, etc. The complete build as it stands is below. I've selected the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 mobo because of excellent reviews on Newegg, but I've recently heard that Z68 boards are less ideal than P67 boards for the kind of build I'm developing. I could really use some help and feedback on this, and anything you experts can tell me would be greatly appreciated.

I am open to all brands of motherboard. Please help me figure this out.

PS: For now, I am not going with a SSD. I may at some point in the future use SSD with mSATA for caching and/or purchase an SSD for booting off, but not anytime soon.

INTEL Core™ i7-2600K Quad-Core 3.4GHz, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT TB VT-x XD

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum

GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2133 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /2, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /4, HDMI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

CORSAIR 16GB (4 x 4GB) Vengeance™ PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL8 (8-8-8-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

EVGA GeForce® GTX 570 Superclocked (AR) 797MHz, 1280MB GDDR5 3900MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI+mini-HDMI

SEAGATE 1TB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB cache

SONY AD-7260S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA

ANTEC Three Hundred Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU

CORSAIR TX650 V2 Power Supply 650W, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V 2.92, 2x 8/6-pin PCIe

MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM
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  1. Asus P8Z68 motherboards are nice. P67 is seen as better for some applications whereas Z68 has SSD caching and integrated graphics. You will also likely get better long-term value out of Z68. I've used Asus and Gigabyte P67 and Z68 boards and like Z68 better but honestly, if you have a discrete graphics card, it isn't going to matter all that much...
  2. Okcookienc said:
    I'm trying to select a Sandybridge motherboard for a new build I'm working on, and I'm running into some confusion and having a hard time selecting a board. The rig will have either an i5 2500K or (ideally) an i7 2600K processor, a single discrete GPU, etc. The complete build as it stands is below. I've selected the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 mobo because of excellent reviews on Newegg, but I've recently heard that Z68 boards are less ideal than P67 boards for the kind of build I'm developing. I could really use some help and feedback on this, and anything you experts can tell me would be greatly appreciated.

    I am open to all brands of motherboard. Please help me figure this out.

    PS: For now, I am not going with a SSD. I may at some point in the future use SSD with mSATA for caching and/or purchase an SSD for booting off, but not anytime soon.

    INTEL Core™ i7-2600K Quad-Core 3.4GHz, HD Graphics 3000, LGA1155, 8MB L3 Cache, 32nm, 95W, EM64T EIST HT TB VT-x XD

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler, Socket 1155/1156/1366/775/AM3/AM2, Copper/Aluminum

    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3, LGA1155, Intel® Z68, DDR3-2133 32GB /4, PCIe x16 SLI CF /2, SATA 3Gb/s RAID 5 /4, 6Gb/s /4, USB 3.0 /4, HDMI, HDA, GbLAN, FW /2, ATX

    CORSAIR 16GB (4 x 4GB) Vengeance™ PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL8 (8-8-8-24) 1.5V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC

    EVGA GeForce® GTX 570 Superclocked (AR) 797MHz, 1280MB GDDR5 3900MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 2x DVI+mini-HDMI

    SEAGATE 1TB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 32MB cache

    SONY AD-7260S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner, SATA

    ANTEC Three Hundred Black Mid-Tower Case, ATX, No PSU

    CORSAIR TX650 V2 Power Supply 650W, 80 PLUS® Bronze, 24-pin ATX12V v2.31 EPS12V 2.92, 2x 8/6-pin PCIe

    MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition w/ SP1, OEM


    If you are a gamer, there is absolutely no difference between z68 and p67. For transcoding purposes (converting media files), using SB's integrated graphics, z68 is much faster than a dedicated GPU. A z68 allows you to switch between the dedicated and integrated graphics via vurtu software.

    there are z68 boards which do not take advantage of all the capabilities of the z68 chipset. I do not recommend getting those because if you are getting z68 over p67, you want that decision to be worth it.

    The best gigabyte z68 board: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD5
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128513

    best asus z68 board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730

    asrock: asrock etreme7 gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157269&Tpk=asrock%20extreme7

    another great asrock board: asrock extreme4 gen3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264

    If you want to OC the 2600k, I would get the gigabyte boards. If you want more pcie lanes and want to run a sli/cf setup, go with the asrock boards.
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