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I am going to pick up my intel i5 2500k chip Sat. This place has the cheapest chip price I have found $180. They are also doing buy the intel chip and get $40 of the mobo. Cant go wrong.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...e40_promo.html

Gaming pc 8 gigs ram have not decided on getting SSD but leaning towards it. I will be doing 1 video card radeon 6950 and getting a aftermarket cpu cooler. I am looking at sending $150 or less with the discount.

I was fist looking at the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0364085
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I just got the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 2 days ago to go with the i5 2500k, haven't had a chance to fully get into overclocking with it but planning to tonight. I'll update you with how that goes but at the moment I'm not liking it as much as the Asus P8P67 series.
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I have decided to pick up a SSD drive. Since I am using a video card and getting the SSD would it be better to get a p67 over a z68 and try getting a little better board?
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I just got the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 2 days ago to go with the i5 2500k, haven't had a chance to fully get into overclocking with it but planning to tonight. I'll update you with how that goes but at the moment I'm not liking it as much as the Asus P8P67 series.
What makes you dislike it compared to the Asus P8P67 series? I'm also looking to jump on the same deal OP is looking at on Sunday, so I'm currently trying to narrow down the options between the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, the P8P67 pro, the ASRock P67 Extreme 4, and the GA-P67A-UD3-B3.

I wanted to go gigabyte because I like installing OSX, and a lot of the OSX x86 users all ready use gigabyte boards, so it makes it easier for me.

It seems the popular decision is to go with the P8P67 Pro, and that would be the very most I would want to spend, I just hate the way it looks, lol.
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P8P67 Pro
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If you do get the SSD, the Z68 still won't benefit if it's going to be used as an OS drive.
    
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i allways had a doubt, cant u make a partition for os and use the rest for smart response???
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Asus P8P67 PRO or Gigabyte P67 UD4 - Mid range slightly better than the ones below
Asrock P67 Extreme4 or Biostar TP67XE - Mid range and almost as good as the ones above


Either one of those mobo's will do the trick, go by price or preference.
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Go with the P8P67 Pro Rev. 3 in my opinion. It'll be around $140 with your $40 off. Great board, can't go wrong
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Originally Posted by anubis1127 View Post
What makes you dislike it compared to the Asus P8P67 series? I'm also looking to jump on the same deal OP is looking at on Sunday, so I'm currently trying to narrow down the options between the GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, the P8P67 pro, the ASRock P67 Extreme 4, and the GA-P67A-UD3-B3.

I wanted to go gigabyte because I like installing OSX, and a lot of the OSX x86 users all ready use gigabyte boards, so it makes it easier for me.

It seems the popular decision is to go with the P8P67 Pro, and that would be the very most I would want to spend, I just hate the way it looks, lol.
Well it was more of a lack of understanding for the board, Asus seemed more straight forward and also a larger consumer number so there were more available guides out there.

Just spent last night reading a couple articles and overclocking and have to say, it's a pretty sweet board once you know how to utilize it, currently got my i5 to 4.8 GHZ stable at 1.356V, although I have heard issues about mounting H80's if you were looking into that because the capacitors are extremely close to the CPU mount but I haven't had that issue.

Overall its a pretty sweet board for the price and also the TouchBios lets you fiddle around with the BIOS stuff while in the OS which makes some people feel more comfortable. Good luck!
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