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no, its fine. but you'd better hurry and purchase it. today is the last day to qualify for the rebate. you have about 2 hrs PST remaining

Thanks, I already bought it earlier.
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I'm torn between the two MOBOs you guys. They are pretty much the same but ones Z68 while the other is P67. Which would be best for an i5 2500k +EVGA 580 GTX?

P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771

Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730
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I'm torn between the two MOBOs you guys. They are pretty much the same but ones Z68 while the other is P67. Which would be best for an i5 2500k +EVGA 580 GTX?

P67
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131771

Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730

Are you planning to use the onboard video capability of the i5?

In some ways, I regret not getting a Z68, because I run two different monitors at different resolutions. I could be running my 1920x1200 on my 580 and then running my 1280x1024 secondary on the onboard video card. This would allow me to stay in low power (P12 or P8 state) rather than remaining in high power (P0 state) 24/7. I downloaded an OC program that lets me force the lower power state as a work-around, but in some ways, I wish I had the Z board for that purpose.

Apart from price, the onboard graphics is literally the only significant difference between the Z boards and the P boards. Do what suits your build best.
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Are you planning to use the onboard video capability of the i5?
In some ways, I regret not getting a Z68, because I run two different monitors at different resolutions. I could be running my 1920x1200 on my 580 and then running my 1280x1024 secondary on the onboard video card. This would allow me to stay in low power (P12 or P8 state) rather than remaining in high power (P0 state) 24/7. I downloaded an OC program that lets me force the lower power state as a work-around, but in some ways, I wish I had the Z board for that purpose.
Apart from price, the onboard graphics is literally the only significant difference between the Z boards and the P boards. Do what suits your build best.

So the only time I would need to use the on board graphics is if I were running dual monitors? I'm not using dual monitors so it's not a feature I would use. A few pages back someone posted
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P67
This chipset variant, which was available alongside H67 at the launch of the Sandy Bridge platform, does not support the use of integrated graphics(Using the CPU's intergrated graphics INSTEAD of a descrete graphic card) – but in trade supports the ability to run two dedicated video cards (for Crossfire or SLI, if motherboard manufacturers license those technologies). It also is capable of being overclocked, and that combination of features have made it popular for gamers and other demanding users.


Z68
The Z68 chipset is a late arrival, but combines the performance-oriented features of P67 with the onboard graphics options of H67. This opens up the option for enthusiasts who want to have a powerful video card while also being able to access features of the on-chip Intel HD graphics, like Quick Sync, without needing multiple monitors. However, using both of those together requires third-party software from LucidLogix – which isn’t ideal, as it means depending on yet another layer of complication in order to access all the features of the hardware. Quick Sync in particular is also only supported by a few video transcoding programs, so unless you use software that is designed to work with it then there would be no need for Z68 over P67.

If you are a gamer, then just jump for the P67 – I would also recommend this for heavy video editing and other graphics intensive work. You will likely be buying a separate graphics card anyway, and being able to OC your processor is a nice benefit as well. Just be sure to get the K series processor.

So I guess I'll stick with the P67. I just saw the Z68 one and forgot what the differences were.
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Just got that same p67 from newegg 3 weeks ago. Its awesome, did some benching at 5ghz no fuse just raised the cpu-v and boom off and benching, you will <3 it.thumb.gif
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So the only time I would need to use the on board graphics is if I were running dual monitors? I'm not using dual monitors so it's not a feature I would use. A few pages back someone posted
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P67
This chipset variant, which was available alongside H67 at the launch of the Sandy Bridge platform, does not support the use of integrated graphics(Using the CPU's intergrated graphics INSTEAD of a descrete graphic card) – but in trade supports the ability to run two dedicated video cards (for Crossfire or SLI, if motherboard manufacturers license those technologies). It also is capable of being overclocked, and that combination of features have made it popular for gamers and other demanding users.


Z68
The Z68 chipset is a late arrival, but combines the performance-oriented features of P67 with the onboard graphics options of H67. This opens up the option for enthusiasts who want to have a powerful video card while also being able to access features of the on-chip Intel HD graphics, like Quick Sync, without needing multiple monitors. However, using both of those together requires third-party software from LucidLogix – which isn’t ideal, as it means depending on yet another layer of complication in order to access all the features of the hardware. Quick Sync in particular is also only supported by a few video transcoding programs, so unless you use software that is designed to work with it then there would be no need for Z68 over P67.

If you are a gamer, then just jump for the P67 – I would also recommend this for heavy video editing and other graphics intensive work. You will likely be buying a separate graphics card anyway, and being able to OC your processor is a nice benefit as well. Just be sure to get the K series processor.

So I guess I'll stick with the P67. I just saw the Z68 one and forgot what the differences were.

Yeah, there are other situations where the onboard graphics of the Z series can be used. My own personal use would have been as I described. However, the LucidLogix software solution is the other use of the board, and just as the poster stated, was not of any interest to me.

I don't think that you'll go wrong with a P67. They're great.
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Picked up the 2500k and am thinking about throwing this heatsink on there.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=1831
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Picked up the 2500k and am thinking about throwing this heatsink on there.
http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/Product.aspx?C=1417&ID=1831

Good buy on the 2500k.

I know nothing about that cooler, but from what I've read, it's not going to be adequate if you're doing any sort of moderate to high OC. If you're going to OC, I'd suggest a Silver Arrow, Venemous-X, Megahalems, or Noctua D14.
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