Difference between z68 and p67 motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130573 $89.99 is the MSI p67 intel ATX motherboard

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271 $119.99 is the ASrock z68 intel ATX motherboard.


I'm very noob at this. So if anyone can help me out that would be great.

Building a new computer, never done it before, so any information will be useful.

So far I'm getting:

Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2gb 256 bit
Motherboard: One of the ones above
Hard drive: (cheap) 500gb 7200rpm 16mb cache. (question about hard drives: is there a significant difference between a 7200 rpm 16mb and a 7200 rpm 32mb?)
RAM: Need help choosing - want 8gigs

Anyway, thanks for any information!
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  1. The P67 chip requires a graphics card, the Z68 can use the integrated graphics from the processor. I would recommend the Z68 + an Intel i5-2500k.

    Also, I noticed that you picked a Radeon HD 6950; a HD 7850 would be a much, much better choice for around the same price.

    This RAM is great: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    As for the power supply, I recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&Tpk=tx650

    Finally, for the hard drive, this one is great: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
  2. What other parts are you looking at?
    cpu. psu, cpu cooler??

    The main difference is that you can use the sandy/ivy bridge integrated graphics on the Z68, but not the P76.
    Either one can overclock a "K" chip.

    On general principles, I would look at the newer Z77 based motherboard. They are usually about the same price.
    Are you planning on Crossfire? If not, and I suggest you don't, then a more basic card like this one would serve you well:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157297

    On a hard drive, the amount of cache is mostly for marketing. The HDD designers will have used the appropriate amount of cache.
    You will detect NO difference.

    I would suggest a 8gb kit like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

    A piece of advice:
    Take the time now, to download and read, cover to cover the manuals for your case and motherboard.
  3. Z68 hands down
  4. Ironslice said:
    The P67 chip requires a graphics card, the Z68 can use the integrated graphics from the processor. I would recommend the Z68 + an Intel i5-2500k.

    Also, I noticed that you picked a Radeon HD 6950; a HD 7850 would be a much, much better choice for around the same price.

    This RAM is great: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

    As for the power supply, I recommend this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020&Tpk=tx650

    Finally, for the hard drive, this one is great: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769


    Thank you very much for the reply. I see the HD 7850 is around ~$20 more - but will it work with a 1155 motherboard? (noob question)

    RAM is RAM right? Like any ram will work for any slot? That RAM you linked will work with 1155? I have a modular 700w power supply i got from newegg for 89.99 after $40 off an $30 mail in rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065 this is the cooler I'm getting. Cheap one. Hope it's good.

    I'm not good at bargain hunting or knowing what is a good upgrade per dollar so anything you guys link / tell me is absolutely helpful to me. As of right now, I'm really considering getting the 7850 since it's only ~$20 more.

    You also recommend the z68 - as far as the integrated graphics from the processor, how important is that since I"m also getting a graphics card? Is the z much better than p? Why is the stock price of the "p" more than the "z"?

    thank you very much
  5. Also - I guess I've been building this PC with "old" parts. Around 6-7 months old while there are new parts coming out. I'm gonna link everything I plan to get so if you can help me out that would be awesome.
  6. To answer your questions:

    1) Ram is ram? Not exactly.
    You want documented ram compatibility. If you should ever have a problem, you want supported ram.
    Otherwise, you risk a finger pointing battle between the ram and motherboard support sites, claiming "not my problem".
    One place to check is your motherboards web site.
    Look for the ram QVL list. It lists all of the ram kits that have been tested with that particular motherboard.
    Sometimes the QVL list is not updated after the motherboard is released.
    For more current info, go to a ram vendor's web site and access their ram selection configurator.
    Enter your motherboard, and you will get a list of compatible ram kits.
    While today's motherboards are more tolerant of different ram, it makes sense to buy ram that is known to work and is supported.

    Ram is best bought in kits with two sticks. That gives you dual channel support.
    The ram I linked will most likely be fine. But it is up to you to verify that it will work on whatever motherboard you select.

    2) The hyper212 cooler is very good. It is a very good value and will do the job. For this style cooler, pick ram with low heat spreaders, or even no heat spreaders at all.
    Something like this if budget is a concern : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231424
    Or, like this for 1-3% improvement in performance : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231544

    3) I wouldheartily approve of spending $20 more for a 7850 over a 6950. The performance is marginally better, but it is based on the newer 28nm manufacturing technology and will run cooler and take less power. Cooler means quieter too.

    4) If you will use a discrete graphics card, as you will as a gamer, then P67/Z68/Z77 does not mean much.
    A plus with integrated graphics is that it gives you a way to check things our if you suspect a graphics card problem.
    The z77 based motherboards can be cheaper because the z77 chipset includes some of the functions that were previously implemented with added chips.
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