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May 4, 2011 7:11:51 PM

Hello, I want to buy a i5 2500 or 2500k, but I don't know which to buy and what motherboard should I get.
I'm not interested in overclocking, so maybe a 2500.
Buying a P67 motherboard would be a waste of money? Becouse H67 motherboards have Integrated Graphics and I can't overclock on it.

Which motherboard is best? Asus p8p67 or Gigabyte p67a-UD3?

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May 4, 2011 7:17:00 PM

Please help me and I will give you the best answer of the thread
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May 4, 2011 7:34:35 PM

H67 is the way to go if you don't want to OC or CrossFire or SLI two video cards.
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May 6, 2011 4:32:30 AM

If you plan on using any sort of discrete graphics at all go p67.

Also i highly recommend P8P67 mobo's, mostly the LE model.

P67:

A P67 motherboard is deigned to allow overclocking on your Sandy Bridge CPU, which is great for anyone wanting a build for gaming, or a workstation since you can push the CPU further, or extend your CPUs lifespan by keeping up with more demanding applications. The Sandy Bridge CPUs however have integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000, and the P67 motherboard chipset does not allow access to its integrated graphics. This should be no problem for anyone who wants to game, since it is probably smarter to purchase a better discrete graphics card.

H67:

An H67 motherboard is designed to utilize Sandy Bridges integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 (On Intels i5-2300, i5-2400, i5-2500, i7-2600) and Intel HD Graphics 3000 (On Intels i5-2500K, and i7-2600K). If you purchase an H67 chipset motherboard you can essentially ditch purchasing a discrete graphics card if its not needed, which can save some cash. As well, when an H67 motherboard generally includes a couple of display port options including HDMI and DVI ports which do allow multiple display support.

A description of the Intel HD graphics from Intels website:

*Accelerated graphics processing takes advantage of shared last-level cache between the processor and graphics.

*IntelĀ® 32nm process technology throughout, delivers higher performance and better energy efficiency.

*Faster 3D rendering and more complex shading create more responsive and realistic 3D gaming.

*Intel HD Graphics 3000 delivers immersive and casual mainstream gaming capabilities with entry-level discrete graphics card performance without an additional graphics card or chip.

*Intel HD Graphics 2000 delivers casual mainstream gaming capabilities without an additional graphics card or chip.





With all this being said if you do decide to go H67, i would recommend the extra 30 bucks for the 2500k to take advantage of the HD Graphics 3000 capabilities
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May 8, 2011 1:29:36 AM

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May 8, 2011 1:31:33 AM

bdbeall said:
If you plan on using any sort of discrete graphics at all go p67.

Also i highly recommend P8P67 mobo's, mostly the LE model.

P67:

A P67 motherboard is deigned to allow overclocking on your Sandy Bridge CPU, which is great for anyone wanting a build for gaming, or a workstation since you can push the CPU further, or extend your CPUs lifespan by keeping up with more demanding applications. The Sandy Bridge CPUs however have integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000, and the P67 motherboard chipset does not allow access to its integrated graphics. This should be no problem for anyone who wants to game, since it is probably smarter to purchase a better discrete graphics card.

H67:

An H67 motherboard is designed to utilize Sandy Bridges integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 (On Intels i5-2300, i5-2400, i5-2500, i7-2600) and Intel HD Graphics 3000 (On Intels i5-2500K, and i7-2600K). If you purchase an H67 chipset motherboard you can essentially ditch purchasing a discrete graphics card if its not needed, which can save some cash. As well, when an H67 motherboard generally includes a couple of display port options including HDMI and DVI ports which do allow multiple display support.

A description of the Intel HD graphics from Intels website:

*Accelerated graphics processing takes advantage of shared last-level cache between the processor and graphics.

*IntelĀ® 32nm process technology throughout, delivers higher performance and better energy efficiency.

*Faster 3D rendering and more complex shading create more responsive and realistic 3D gaming.

*Intel HD Graphics 3000 delivers immersive and casual mainstream gaming capabilities with entry-level discrete graphics card performance without an additional graphics card or chip.

*Intel HD Graphics 2000 delivers casual mainstream gaming capabilities without an additional graphics card or chip.





With all this being said if you do decide to go H67, i would recommend the extra 30 bucks for the 2500k to take advantage of the HD Graphics 3000 capabilities


Thanks, I will go for p67, P8P67 LE maybe .
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