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  • X58 or Z68

    Help needed.

    I am looking at buiding a new PC and i need some advise. X58 (I7) or Z68. I am told that Z68 is the better option but looking at Intel the X58 is still the high end chipset.

    I am thinking going with Z68...

    What does anyone else think..

    Thanks

  • #2
    depends on your budget and use.

    9 times out of 10, Z68 is the better option
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Spaceboy View Post
      depends on your budget and use.

      9 times out of 10, Z68 is the better option
      +1 to this, the sandybridge processors are better than the 1366 ones, they run cooler and use less power. Personally I would go Z68/P67.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Zaim View Post
        +1 to this, the sandybridge processors are better than the 1366 ones, they run cooler and use less power. Personally I would go Z68/P67.
        Good point, still nothing wrong with P67 if you don't need the extra features of Z68... save a few pennies too

        /edit: Good links too, nice to know my i5 760 is still not too bad
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        • #5
          i agree with spaCE BOY ,the p67 is perfectly good ...the only real bonus you will get, for paying more for the z68 is better ssd performance

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          • #6
            x58 replacement will be out in afew more months i think its x78 or is it 79
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            • #7
              go with a pr7 with either a 2500k or 2600k and that will be fine for you and sort of future proofed, the x58 is pretty much a dead socket now

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              • #8
                Originally posted by codnan View Post
                i agree with spaCE BOY ,the p67 is perfectly good ...the only real bonus you will get, for paying more for the z68 is better ssd performance
                afaik there is no benefit to SSD performance with Z68... I think you're referring to the SSD cacheing ability which allows you to use a small SSD as a cache to a standard drive, allowing a large boot drive with better performance over a standard drive - although still not as quick as a straight SSD on its own.

                Originally posted by gray.woodford View Post
                go with a pr7 with either a 2500k or 2600k and that will be fine for you and sort of future proofed, the x58 is pretty much a dead socket now
                2500k is the cpu of choice , great performance/price. The 2600k is best suited for those doing video encoding, otherwise it's hard to justify the price hike.

                If you've got a very large budget then the top of the range X58 can still trump the 2600k apparently, but I doubt any more chips will be developed for that socket, meaning future upgrades will be very limited.
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                • #9
                  You can get a good P67 motherboard for around 80 90, if you chuck in a 2500k 150/2600k 220 you get amazing performance for very little cost imo. Probably Intel's best value chipset and CPU in recent years, can't go wrong. Hopefully will be able to chuck in a new Ivybridge CPU when released, so an upgrade path aswell with these boards
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                  • #10
                    X58 is still nice for apps as you can add more ram to X58 mobo's in general. but its harder to OC and the NON SB chip bar the 6 cores 12 threads are slower than the 2600k in most threaded apps.

                    If your a RTS or simulator fan (games that use over 4 threads) then a 2600k is better for games than 2500k but otherwise the 2500 is a killer right now for price performance. It's the new e8400 and the 2600k is the new Q6600.

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                    • #11
                      Sandybridge, unless you're into hardcore overclocking and benching
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                      • #12
                        to be honest it depends on your budget ..both an good chipsets ...by next year intel will come with another chipset and they will say p67 and z68 are redundant....

                        I have no intention of changed my x58 until i reach a point where it cant do what i need it to do anymore
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Brutos View Post
                          to be honest it depends on your budget ..both an good chipsets ...by next year intel will come with another chipset and they will say p67 and z68 are redundant....

                          I have no intention of changed my x58 until i reach a point where it cant do what i need it to do anymore
                          If you use it for just games a I7 920 is going to be good for years yet!

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                          • #14
                            I've looked deeply into this and came to the conclusion of ASUS p67 motherboard.

                            Specifically this one: http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=43856

                            Note the 6Gb/s x 4 SATA and the 3.0 USB x 4.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ferriman View Post
                              I've looked deeply into this and came to the conclusion of ASUS p67 motherboard.

                              Specifically this one: http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Compo...roductId=43856

                              Note the 6Gb/s x 4 SATA and the 3.0 USB x 4.
                              Pretty much same one i'm using it has idiot proof OC for the CPU full x16 PCIE for 1 slot to manage upto a 6990 no issue. The asus P67 seem to need slighty less volts for 4.6-5GHZ on 2600k as well.

                              And it boots like a star well under 10 seconds for win7 64 with a Sandforce SSD. And I'm still using a REv1 one as I can't be bothered to change it and have a PCIE ssd so I'm not using the problem sata 2 slots

                              I have a real love and hate relationship with Asus for lst 6 years and the Asus P67 has made me love Asus again (they even have decent manuals now!)

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