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October 24, 2011 1:30:39 PM

Hi, I'm looking into getting a I5 2500K. From my understanding either the P67 or Z68 motherboards are compatible, which one should i go with?

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Oh i dont know if this matters or not but this is for a gaming rig that will be built with a radeon 6950 and will later be crossfired with another 6950.

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October 24, 2011 1:59:30 PM

P55 boards aren't compatible with an i5 2500k
Only H61, H67, P67 and Z68 boards are
Since you're getting a "K" series chip that are fully unlocked for overclocking, you'll want to get either from the P67 or Z68 chipsets to take advantage of it
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October 24, 2011 2:08:31 PM

Ah thanks for that, i knew i was messing something up.... im a amd fanboy looking to get the best gaming bang for the buck on his next build. so i know almost nothing about Intel terminology.

I heard that the P67 wont utilize the the internal graphics where the Z68 will. Does it even matter if im using discrete gpu?
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October 24, 2011 2:36:06 PM

z68 doesnt really cost more, but offers more. to be fair, it offers a lot that i dont use, but i would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. who knows maybe lucidlogix will get its act together and virtualized gpus will be awesome (im not holding my breath)

oh, in the very least... its nice to be able to use the 2500k gpu, just incase your main gaming card dies. instant repalcement
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October 24, 2011 2:37:02 PM

There are two benefits for Z68 over P67.

* Intel Smart Response (SSD Caching)
* Integrated graphics support and overclocking (useful if you want to access Quick Sync)

For a purely gaming build there isn't much reason to upgrade to Z68. Personally I went with the Z68 chips so I could use Quick Sync.
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October 24, 2011 3:20:11 PM

For strict Gaming there's no real upside to Z68, and while I appreciate Intel's RST (SSD Caching) your are limited to a 64GB SSD for the 'cache' and the costs are not too much more for a 120GB+ SSD which makes its' use pretty irrelevant. IF you produce a lot of MPEG-2/4/H.264 videos then sure get the Z68 -- otherwise P67.

For CrossFire (CF) only I's look at the ASUS P8P67 (3.1) - http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8P6... ; 12 Phases and supports CF: x8/x8/, single GPU x16.
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