Asus Dilema

Hey guys,

I'm stuck in deciding which motherboard to get for my new build.
Processor will be i5 2500k or 2550k

If I can at least get it narrowed down to the chipset (z68 or p67), it would make my life a lot easier.

Main purpose is overclocking and occasional gaming.

In regards to motherboards, I'm on the fence with all of these:

Z68 Chipset:
1) ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

2) ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

3) Is it worth the extra $50 for the DELUXE Model:
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791


The other alternative is the P67 Chipset:

1) ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701

2) ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700
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  1. Get ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700
  2. nikorr said:
    Get ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131700


    To be honest, it is a bit on the expensive side. Is it really worth the price over the other ones?
  3. Well, how far u wanna OC?
  4. BTW, do u need anything from the Z68?
  5. nikorr said:
    BTW, do u need anything from the Z68?


    Looking to OC to about 4.5Ghz

    It seems the z68 is a bit more optimized for SSDs with the SSD Caching

    Otherwise seems like a good bang for the buck.
  6. If I was u, I'd take ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3.

    It will OC past 5GHz stable with appropriate CPU cooling and use the SSD, not as a cache drive, but system drive.

    I would get the 2500K over the 2550k, if u will ever use the quick sync.
  7. nikorr said:
    If I was u, I'd take ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3.

    It will OC past 5GHz stable with appropriate CPU cooling and use the SSD, not as a cache drive, but system drive.

    I would get the 2500K over the 2550k, if u will ever use the quick sync.


    Thanks for the tip...I was actually looking into installing a water cooling set up in 2-3 months which i hope would allow me to go above 5Ghz.
    As far as the CPU, i figured since they are so close in price (about $10 more for the 2550k), the 2550 if im lucky might be a tad more stable while pushing a high OC.
  8. Read this.

  9. Tip-C said:
    Thanks for the tip...I was actually looking into installing a water cooling set up in 2-3 months which i hope would allow me to go above 5Ghz.
    As far as the CPU, i figured since they are so close in price (about $10 more for the 2550k), the 2550 if im lucky might be a tad more stable while pushing a high OC.

    To go past 5GHZ, u need the best water cooling solution u can find.

    U will lose iGPU, as long as u don't need one,

    it is good to have one if your GPU card dies, u got something : )

    There is not much need to go past 4.6GHz, as the games don't show any advantage after that.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/266189-29-sandy-bridge-series-ocing-cores-guide
  10. nikorr said:
    To go past 5GHZ, u need the best water cooling solution u can find.

    U will lose iGPU, as long as u don't need one,

    it is good to have one if your GPU card dies, u got something : )

    There is not much need to go past 4.6GHz, as the games don't show any advantage after that.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/266189-29-sandy-bridge-series-ocing-cores-guide


    The 5Ghz threshold is more of a personal milestone. ;)
  11. Well, that mobo will get u there : )
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