Hi, Newbie here. I am looking to build a system for gaming (mostly SC2) and general computer use (internet, watching vids). I have done a little bit of research and the i5 2500k seems to be one of the top choices for SC2. As for a board I plan to stick with MSI (or Asus) as they are easily accessible for my local supplier. My price range is roughly $200(CAN) but less is better. I was looking at either MSI P67A-GD80/65 or Z68A-GD65 (G3) or possibly Z68A-G45 (G3).
I guess my question is, what is the difference between MSI P67 and Z68 series boards?.... and with the Z68, what's the difference in B3 and G3? With those listed boards what am I likely to gain/lose by going with either/or? What do you experts suggest in terms of Asus/MSI boards? I know I haven't listed any Asus but I'm open to it.
I have a small home network with multiple computers so I am likely to spend a little more on my main system vs the others, but I'd like to keep them more or less similar. If the main difference in boards is for OC'ing, I will opt for a cheaper board with the other systems. Also if I opt for the cheaper, less OC capable board on other systems would the i5 2500 be just as good at stock as the 2500k at stock? Oh, and my video cards are Radeon 4870 and 5850.
I have one other question. Does Intel CPU/Mobo combo affect performance like AMD does? Sorry if that is unclear of what I'm asking. Example, I have a Phenom II X2 555 on Asus M3A79T Deluxe board and I have the same CPU on Asus M4A89GTD-Pro/USB3 board, and the M4A seems to be a little bit faster in every aspect. How is this possible?
So would you recommend the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro over the ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3? I also assume you prefer these to the MSI models I listed? Speaking of which it looks like any of these boards will perform as expected with the i5 2500k at stock, mostly comes down to features in add-ons, correct?
Does anyone have recommendation of which board is better? ASUS P8Z68-V Pro or ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3? They appear to be the same price (within $10) and as far as I can tell the only difference is the Pro has better audio, but the Gen3 is PCI 3.0.