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I'm looking for no overclocking computer, but i would like to use Intel SRT as cache?
Does every Z68 motherboard have that?

Also i will be using

Patriot G2 Series 8GB 1600Mhz cl9 KIT - 1.65V

Can i lower the speed to 1333mhz and 1.5v without getting any issues?

Specs will be


1 x BitFenix Shinobi Core Black
1 x Patriot G2 Series 8GB 1600Mhz cl9 KIT - 1.65V
1 x Intel Core i5 2500 (3,30Ghz, 6MB) BOX
1 x Corsair Force Series 3 F60 - 60GB - SATA3 - 6Gb/s SSD
1 x ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3



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I haven't had any issues with mine. But why would you lower the speeds?
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Yep, every z68 has that feature. But not every mobo lets you utilize the igp as your gpu. -Think Gygabyte z68 mobos without an h in the name-
You should be fine with that mobo, and plus you could overclock with it eventually.
It's a nice little board, and btw it's the one I'll buy for my I7 2600k -which is, at the moment, sitting on my desk collecting dust tongue.gif-
Good luck with your build!
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Originally Posted by Ghooble View Post

I haven't had any issues with mine. But why would you lower the speeds?

Because Intel recommend 1333mhz and 1.5v to be on the safe side for CPU.
But i'm confused, some people are saying 1.65v will hurt the CPU, but some people recommend not going over 1.5v...

BTW, your motherboard is Asrock Extreme 3 Gen 3 , not the one i was asking :/
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yes you can use intelSRT that board and al z68s have it. as too RAM why dont you just get a nice G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 CL8 or 9 1.5V kit or any 1.5V kit if your concerned! tho you can run 1.65V RAM on a lga1155 board safely tho it does put stress on the CPUs IMC but its fine thumb.gif
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yes you can use intelSRT that board and al z68s have it. as too RAM why dont you just get a nice G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 CL8 or 9 1.5V kit or any 1.5V kit if your concerned! tho you can run 1.65V RAM on a lga1155 board safely tho it does put stress on the CPUs IMC but its fine thumb.gif

Thanks!
Now i saw on forums that Ivy bridge is about to come out, i don't really care about integrated graphics. However i do care about the CPU performance, so should i wait or upgrade to sandy bridge?
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Thanks!
Now i saw on forums that Ivy bridge is about to come out, i don't really care about integrated graphics. However i do care about the CPU performance, so should i wait or upgrade to sandy bridge?

if it were me i would wait for Ivy bridge and a nice z77 board.. here is a table of Ivy bridge CPUs to give you an idea thumb.gif

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If I were you I'd get a solid known performer z68 board and a Sandy Bridge cpu like the I5 2500k, or 2600k, depending on the usage.
There are some great deals on 2500k's and $50 off mobos at Microcenter -if there's one near you-
That way you can save some money when Ivy cpu's come out, a lot of people might sell cheap used sandy bridge cpus...It all depends on what your budget is, and your goals.
If you wait for Ivy you might save some bucks on electricity, but I guess you'll end up spending more, and risk getting crappier boards than the current known stable boards.
Regarding ram, get a cheap Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz 1.5v kit -2x4gb is the sweet spot- It's been tested that 1600mhz cl9 is the best cost/performance ratio for SB memory.
Older kits were 1.65v, they would put a little strain on the IMC, but I wouldn't worry too much.
Also 1333mhz suffers from a noticeable performance hit, that dissapears when going to 1600mhz and higher. -Higher than 1600mhz you won't notice much improvement-
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@Tarun: you are quite the rig builder biggrin.gif you have alot good configs i am noticing on OCN thumb.gif +rep
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