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Background: My post on the http://www.overclock.net/t/947485/official-asus-maximus-iv-extreme-owners-club/1490#post_16152877
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Making a decision:

1) For my needs (no video editing, etc.) the i5-2500K seems to be the best bang for the buck

2) Though a very well-respected friend (respected by me and super respected on OCN) thought the P8P67 PRO would be a better (cost saving) choice over the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131760), the P8P67 Pro sure gets some skanky reviews.

Lingering question: One reviewer criticized the Maximus IV for its SATA orientation, saying it was quite awkward. I only buy Cooler Master HAF 932 cases, so I should not run out of room in my case but still ....

You all may have noticed that my chosen moniker is IncurableGeek. Well, to be completely honest, I do have some severe psychological problems in my always wanting bigger, faster and better. In short, I am a real tech junkie.biggrin.gif

With that in mind, then, as well as my desire to be cost-effective, do you think the i5-2500K and the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 are my two best choices.

Also, can I get by for the time being with CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 for a while?


SPARC_PWR, your recommendation of the 2500K over the 2600K makes a whole lotta sense. Thanks. Please understand that I have been out of the Intel world for some time now and as a result don't "speak the language too well.redface.gif

Question: Do you (experienced) users of the P8P67 board agree with my close friend (reliable, trusted and very knowledgeable) that I have doggie poop for brains in wasting my money on the Maximus and should buy the P8P67 instead??

If you do indeed think there is no cost benefit in purchasing the Maximus (hellish expensive), which version of the P8P67 would you recommend?

(Please note: Although I purchased Intel exclusively from 1991-2002, I jumped ship to AMD because I thought I would be getting more bang for the buck. However, when AMD laid a rotten egg with its highly touted Bulldozer chip (overestimated the transistor count by 800 million!!!), I decided to return to Intel. As a result, I no longer have the vocabulary or the background to ask intelligent questions yet. So please forgive the Forest Gump newbie feeling in my above question.
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You'll be fine with 8GB of RAM (for now tongue.gif) and your friend is probably right. The Extreme is an awesome motherboard but with these SB CPU's there doesnt seem to be a huge amount of extra performance to be gained by going for a high end motherboard (for most people). As for recommendations on which P8 series board, why not go with one of the newer P8Z68 boards, the deluxe or pro versions would be my choice (and was redface.gif )
    
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Oh ok. How do you exactly and what do you use to measure your bootup time?

Oh, right.
My bad. I'm using Windows Boot Timer, yes.

I'll give you a cookie if you beat my 6.1sec! biggrin.gif
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Thanks Deano12345.

Re:
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You'll be fine with 8GB of RAM (for now tongue.redface.gif)
I'm accustomed to 16 GB of RAM but think I can get by with 8 for awhile

I would like you all to know that I am borderline suicidal, reading reviews and trying to determine which of these boards is "right". Not a criticism of Intel, but I never had this problem deciding on my AMD boards. tongue.gif

My needs:

1) No gaming
2) No graphics-intensive editing
3) Must run 2 28 inch and 1 22 inch monitors with my Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100283-3L
4) Usually run 8-10 1 TB WD HDD's so lots of SATA ports a plus
5) Have 850 watt Seasonic PSU
6) Quality sound card to drive a 5-speaker system
7) Use only Corsair RAM and Noctua NH-D14 air cooling in CoolerMaster HAF-932 cases
8) Not an insane OC'r wink.gif
9) Will use Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

Now, ASUS must give the following (too many choices) just to befuddle simple-minded people like me: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Intel_Z68

Trust me, I have read tons of reviews but am presently more lost and confused than ever!

Please Help Me! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!
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The P/Z chipsets from my view, dont seem to support a large number of SATA ports, 8 seems to be about the average, usually

2xSATA 3 + 4x SATA 2 from the chipset
2xSATA 3 on a 3rd party chipset.

If you need more, you could always add in a card with more SATA ports on it

You can run a screen off the motherboard on the Z68 chipset if you so wished, and connect the other two to your GPU.

P8Z68 V-PRO has PCI and PCIE x1 slots for sound cards. Should suit you perfectly !
    
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Quote:
Trust me, I have read tons of reviews but am presently more lost and confused than ever!
Please Help Me! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!


I'm by no means an expert on this, but we are in almost the same boat. For my needs I've pretty much decided on the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0. But am kind of waiting on an open box deal. I've about changed my mind on the cpu though. Was thinking I7 2600k but have been reading about how the I5 2500k compares and am kind of leaning that way. I think a sale on one or the other will make up my mind for me. I do play around with video editing and some lite cad work, but having come from a E6700 just a few short months ago, it doesn't take much to impress me....

EDIT:
Are you using Eyefinity at all? Triple monitors and sometimes eyefinity has become a must for me at this point.
Edited by mathelm - 1/10/12 at 2:23pm
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I'm using 16gigs of RAM btw.
Only reason I have it is the fact that the prices are amazing these days.

Don't think I've ever used more than 5gigs or so at once.
Using 2.5gig as we speak, with windows 7 and a game + 10 panes in Firefox running.



And I was also playing around with the thought of the Maximus, but I went for the Deluxe due to the high amount of crap ratings on the Maximus-board @ Newegg, while the Deluxe has 98% 5 Stars or so.
Edited by lolvik - 1/10/12 at 2:52pm
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I'm using 16gigs of RAM btw.
Only reason I have it is the fact that the prices are amazing these days.

Exactly, RAM is so cheap, why not have far too much. This is overclock.net after all.

The price is the reason I'm going for 32GB redface.gif
    
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Hey Guys,


Just wanted your thoughts on quality of sound from P8p67-Pro onboard Realtek 892? Is it worth using a dedicated sound card with these boards or are the savings (extra work for the board) and quality difference minimal? I currently have an XiFi Xtremegamer card and was actually thinking of remving it and just using onboard... basically because I'm also trying to run Mac OSX on a seperate partition which does not support the XiFi but will support realtek 892.

I know this may be slightly off topic, but another great thing about the P8P67-Pro is because it is Mac Osx Lion friendly which I use for work.
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GeeWhiz, there is just not enough aspirin in the world sometimes! rolleyes.gif

It looks like a choice between:

1) ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($269.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo)

2) ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($209.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4003003&SID=7e1lrb44v7zj)

Having read through and compared the specs for both the Deluxe and the Pro, I can honestly say that I see no difference in the boards - except for the price!

mathelm, thanks for revealing my ignorance on yet another subject. rolleyes.gif
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EDIT:
Are you using Eyefinity at all? Triple monitors and sometimes eyefinity has become a must for me at this point.

I haven't a clue what Eyefinity is, though I do know my video card (Sapphire Radeon HD 5770: http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-100283-3L/dp/B0035K6H2C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326242740&sr=8-1) will support all 3 monitors (at least I think so) - and for screen/monitor switching I use Crystal Desktop.

Suggestions, anyone?? teaching.gif
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