So I have been looking into building a tower for the first time. I had my mindset on a p67 mobo, but I was recently introduced to the Z68. Which apparently is a mobo that allows for both the OC capability and the Onboard graphics of the SB intel CPU.
I was originally planning on getting a gpu, but looking at it now, I think I might save up a little more money, use the onboard graphics card for now, and then purchase a higher end GPU later. I also heard there is a way to run both the onboard and a seperate GPU at the same time for better Graphics performance.
I would just like some experts opinions on the choice I should make, and perhaps recommend me a decent Mobo, whether it be a Z68 and P67.
Also, I am pretty sure z68 is fairly new, does that mean that it will have little support and knowledge out there about the Bios and firmware and whatnot. Being a first time builder, I could use all the support I can get.
Once again, I am just wondering if a Z68 is worth it, and whether my plan to use the Onboard GPU first will work or not.
Also, looking for recommendations. Thanks
Depends on your intended use of the system; for gaming systems, the oboard graphics of even the 2600k are just short of weak/useless, and most functions of the Z68 add little if discrete GPU is used anyway, as is ofen the case when choosing a $220 MB ....
For gamers who also fancy themselves semi-pro video editors/encoders/decoders, the Z68 might make some sense. Unless you intend to use it's features, it is likely a way to waste an extra $75-$100, IMO
My primary use for the Computer is going to be Video Editing/Rendering.
Gaming will be the secondary use.
At the moment, I need a replacement of my old computer. Wondering, if I will be able to use a different GPU with the Z68 MoBo which I will upgrade later on.
If you are going to be using the pc for video editing then Z68 is the one you want, paired with a 2500k or 2600k the encode/decode power of the processor is perfect.
You will be able later on if you choose be able to add in a gpu and using lucidLogix Virtu program you will be able to use the gfx power of a discrete gpu and the encode/decode power of the cpu.
Edit: make sure you get a mobo with the appropriate video out ports, i noticed some of the gigabyte models dont have them!