New College Gaming System Help!!

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=N82E16813157263

CPU: i5 2500K Sandy

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0354589


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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

HD: 750gb WD Caviar Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283&Tpk=WD7501AALS


Optical: Blu ray combo CD/DVD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232


GPU: either GTX 570 SC or 580 not sure yet


Monitor: ASUS VS248H LED HDMI

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236153&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=1fh79nr26c27f


PSU: Corsair 800g gaming

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6382282&CatId=2534


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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  1. Yes, the difference between X58 and Z68 is that the former doesn't support your CPU.
  2. Stick with Z68. Your 2500k won't fit in X58 mobo. You need fan for OC:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
  3. 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.
  4. No. Triple channel, 6 core and more PCIe lane does not give better gaming performance for your level of gaming need and cost more.
  5. 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.
  6. Yup, go with the i5 ;)
  7. so whats the whole purpose of OCing and how do you even do it?
  8. 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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