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November 17, 2011 8:05:44 PM

Hey guys im setting up a new build for college and my primary use is gaming (duh) looking to keep it around the 1500 range and this is what i have so far:

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Pro 1155

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5 2500K Sandy

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


Mem: Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4Gb) 1600

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: 750gb WD Caviar Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Optical: Blu ray combo CD/DVD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU: either GTX 570 SC or 580 not sure yet


Monitor: ASUS VS248H LED HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: Corsair 800g gaming

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...



So my questions are. For my gaming mainly should i stick with the Z68 Pro board or go with the X58 Gigabyte boards? Is there any difference between the 2? Also how easy is it to OC? Im fairly new when it comes to OCing so im not really sure how its done. Any help at all would be much appreciated!!

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a b 4 Gaming
November 17, 2011 8:11:31 PM

Yes, the difference between X58 and Z68 is that the former doesn't support your CPU.
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November 17, 2011 8:14:24 PM

i can change around some components like the cpu. I was just curious whether or not the X58 is better for gamers than the Z68
FinneousPJ said:
Yes, the difference between X58 and Z68 is that the former doesn't support your CPU.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 17, 2011 8:16:34 PM

No. Triple channel, 6 core and more PCIe lane does not give better gaming performance for your level of gaming need and cost more.
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November 17, 2011 8:18:36 PM

So stick with the Z68? ok thanks
Pyree said:
No. Triple channel, 6 core and more PCIe lane does not give better gaming performance for your level of gaming need and cost more.

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a b 4 Gaming
November 17, 2011 8:23:24 PM

Yes.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 17, 2011 8:25:00 PM

Yup, go with the i5 ;) 
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November 17, 2011 8:27:22 PM

so whats the whole purpose of OCing and how do you even do it?
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a b 4 Gaming
November 17, 2011 8:28:47 PM

The purpose is increased performance. The method you need to research yourself before attempting. Google is a nice service, you should try it :p 
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