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So I was looking over some Intel boards because I am thinking about picking up a 2500k but it's all very confusing to me. H67? P67? Z68? What the hell? What are all of these?

Anyway, for some light overclocking, what would be a good choice for me? I don't plan on going above 4GHz on the 2500k if I choose to get it, and I don't want to spend over ~$170.
post #2 of 7
If you want to overclock go for the P67 or Z68.

From here, it depends on whether you want the extra features the Z68 offers. Basically, the Z68 takes the features of the H67 and P67 and rolls them into one board. With the Z68 you can take advantage of onboard graphics and SSD caching.

There are a few other differences, but I think those are the main ones.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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post #3 of 7
H67 Has the capability for integrated graphics on the CPU, but, I believe, does not allow for overclocking.

P67 Allows for overclocking, but does not utilize the processor's integrated graphics. From what I understand, you must use a graphics card.

Z68 Allows for both overclocking and integrated graphics to be used. I'm pretty sure there's a way for you to alternate between integrated graphics and a graphics card using the Lucid Virtu software that comes with most Z68 boards.
Also, the Z68 has the capability for SSD Caching - using an SSD to act as a sort of middleman between the processor and the Hard Disk, speeding things up a bit. And I think they can do other things as well... that's just a basic overview.
Although I think Z68 boards tend to be a wee bit more expensive than P67/H67
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+1 for Escatore.

I don't think that Z68 boards are worth it. You're best to buy a standard graphics card and a SSD.
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For $170, I would recommend the Asus P8P67 PRO for ATX and a ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z for mATX.
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Do you plan on getting an SSD in the future? and what size, if u plan on gettin a small capacity SSD grab a Z68 board, if not you could probably sit alone on a P67 board and be done with it. now intel boards... are not the best overclocking boards out there... i would recommend the Asus P8P67 Deluxe/Pro or something along those lines however... 170 for a motherboard, i never liked the idea,

Here is an Intel P67 board, but i seriously recommend another brand:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813121510

Like this one

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813131705

This one also apparently was a nice overclocker too

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813157253

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however for Z68, i dont have much for you for intel as well, and i SERIOUSLY hope you stay away from this:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...pk=intel%20Z68

My recommendations for a $170 board? (Z68)


A VERY nice board, i would have picked the bigger brother of this board if i went on to Sandy Bridge

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128498

Here is a nice one too

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813130606
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All together here is a rundown of the Intel 1155 based chipsets:

P67:

-Supports Sandy Bridge CPUs
-PCIe Configurations: 1x PCI-E 16x or dual 8x
-Maximum DDR3 Slots: 4
-Overclocking support: CPU
-Built in GPU usage support: No
-RAID support: Yes
-Max USB 2.0/3.0 ports: 14/0
-Max SATA 2.0 / 3/0 Ports: 6/2
-PCI-E 2.0: 8 (5GT/s)
-Intel Smart Response Technology: No

H67

-Supports Sandy Bridge CPUs
-PCIe Configurations: 1x PCI-E 16x or dual 8x
-Maximum DDR3 Slots: 4
-Overclocking support: GPU
-Built in GPU usage support: Yes
-RAID support: Yes
-Max USB 2.0/3.0 ports: 14/0
-Max SATA 2.0 / 3/0 Ports: 6/2
-PCI-E 2.0: 8 (5GT/s)
-Intel Smart Response Technology: No

Z68

-Supports Sandy Bridge CPUs
-PCIe Configurations: 1x PCI-E 16x or dual 8x
-Maximum DDR3 Slots: 4
-Overclocking support: CPU + GPU
-Built in GPU usage support: Yes
-RAID support: Yes
-Max USB 2.0/3.0 ports: 14/0
-Max SATA 2.0 / 3/0 Ports: 6/2
-PCI-E 2.0: 8 (5GT/s)
-Intel Smart Response Technology: Yes


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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGA_1155
    
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The Z68 has SSD caching, integrated graphics, and quicksync. If you need/want any of those then get a Z68 board. If you don't need/want any of those features get which ever is cheaper(between P67 and Z68). The P67 and Z68 OC and perform equally well. Any of the midrange boards between $150 to $170 from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and ASRock will perform equally well. Get whichever one has the layout and features that suit you best.
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