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I've been spending a lot of time looking at, and comparing LGA 1155 Z68 boards and P67 boards, and reviews between the two, and I'm wondering what some other people can throw at me in terms of their experience.

I'm considering building a new Sandy Bridge system, but I don't want to empty my wallet completely.

If I'm not going to be using on-board video, do I even need a Z68 board?

What would you guys consider to be the best LGA 1155 P67/Z68 board with a $200 overhead budget? An H67 board is kind of out of the question, because I'm an overclocker.
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Hey there.

I don't think that you need a Z68 board - It adds the video and a few other very minor features that you don't seem to need.

However, if you're an overclocker and with your budget in mind I would recommend the Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z - It's a great board for 179.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

Pair that with a 2500k and you'd be very happy.
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do you think you will be using the ssd caching feature of z68? if not p67 may be the way to go, other then that asrocks z68 pro boards very nice, and user friendly.
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i myself am getting a ASROCK Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 as a budget board for my new build smile.gif it's 121.99 but 7.87 shipping so comes just under $130 smile.gif


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Originally Posted by lqcorsa View Post

I've been spending a lot of time looking at, and comparing LGA 1155 Z68 boards and P67 boards, and reviews between the two, and I'm wondering what some other people can throw at me in terms of their experience.
I'm considering building a new Sandy Bridge system, but I don't want to empty my wallet completely.
If I'm not going to be using on-board video, do I even need a Z68 board?
What would you guys consider to be the best LGA 1155 P67/Z68 board with a $200 overhead budget? An H67 board is kind of out of the question, because I'm an overclocker.

Z68 has video output on some boards and SSD caching, most of which will not be used. if you're using an SSD larger than 40gb you shouldn't use it, as the ssd will be faster on it's own and can be tolerable for an OS install when they are that large. P67 and Z68 other than that I believe are identical, probably some other, much smaller differences. I would go with either of those, and ignore the Hxx chipset as you're probably going to be needing a more "performance" orientated board. You can pick up alot of boards for under $200. for example, the Asus p8p67 or p8z68 series, the asus maximus iv gene-z gen 3, gigabyte udx boards (both p67 and z68), and asrock also has some quality boards i've had experience with. check out what some offer as far as features, like more usb or a better pci-e layout. if you have specifics, post them on here and i'm sure someone will help you thumb.gif

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Originally Posted by JunkoXan View Post

i myself am getting a ASROCK Z68 Extreme 3 Gen3 as a budget board for my new build smile.gif it's 121.99 but 7.87 shipping so comes just under $130 smile.gif

it's a solid board, at a VERY good price. I bought one for a customer and he loves it.
Edited by xDriftyy - 2/1/12 at 3:32pm
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Originally Posted by lqcorsa View Post

I've been spending a lot of time looking at, and comparing LGA 1155 Z68 boards and P67 boards, and reviews between the two, and I'm wondering what some other people can throw at me in terms of their experience.
I'm considering building a new Sandy Bridge system, but I don't want to empty my wallet completely.
If I'm not going to be using on-board video, do I even need a Z68 board?
What would you guys consider to be the best LGA 1155 P67/Z68 board with a $200 overhead budget? An H67 board is kind of out of the question, because I'm an overclocker.

on board graphics has its uses say for if your graphics card fails.. anyway for overclocking i would recomend any of these
these are the boards i would be looking at
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68VGEN3/

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68V_PROGEN3/

abit over $200 might elsewhere might have it cheaper
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131791
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z68_DELUXEGEN3/

these 3 mobos are great OCing mobs with a sleak BIOS design
Also you could look at Asus p8p67 boards aswell..

i would consider looking at the ASRock extreme editions as well, they are rock solid great overcloking, xfire or sli boards.. and have come a long way to become one of the big 3 manufactures
a selection here
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=asrock+gen3&x=24&y=9
and my recomendation
ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157264
or the ASRock Z68 EXTREME4 GEN3 LGA 1155
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post #7 of 31
P67 and Z68 are going to be comparable. Since I'm going to go ahead and assume you will never touch the integrated graphics, then we can just through that right out the window. With Z68 you're going to see slightly nicer boards that are just a few months/weeks newer than the P67. Really everything about them is going to be comparable, the one main feature everyone pulls out is SSD Caching.

Z68 can take advantage of SSD caching allowing you to utilize a smaller SSD to achieve great speed benefits across the files that you use most. It intelligently moves information that is accessed more frequently onto the SSD and almost runs a type of hybrid set up between the SSD and HDD. Allowing you to get good performance out of a smaller SSD, where on P67 you may have to get a larger SSD to host all the files you want to move over manually.

Though my expertise doesn't go much farther than that in the comparison. I hear really great things about the AsRock P67 and Z68 extreme 4 boards as far as price/features goes. They seem to have a great price point for the features they pack in. I'm running on the asus p8p67 pro and it really seems to be performing great. Though the $140-$200 price bracket is going to primarily pack on the same feature set, just different branding and brand names that drive the pricing. If i had it to do over and I didn't pick up this Asus used, I could definitely say the AsRock would be a very good alternative in either flavor.
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If your going to be using only 1 video card and still wanting to do some awesome overclocking then I would look into the asrock p67 pro3 for 100 bucks.
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1 videocard..i'd say biostar tz68k+
2 videocards= p8p67 pro
3..:thinking.gif:

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If your going to be using only 1 video card and still wanting to do some awesome overclocking then I would look into the asrock p67 pro3 for 100 bucks.

yah..overclock on a 4+1 phase board..fry it..your cpu/psu..then asrock will deny you rma rolleyes.gif

..not a good choice IMO\
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