I did a LOT of research for my new build and decided on getting this little beauty. I was undecided between the Ivy bridge or save a few quid and get the older sandy. This chip is outstanding i have managed to over clock to 4.8ghz on air though i current run at 4.4 as i find this is more than enough for my needs :) This cpu comes with integrated hd4000 graphics, which is ok but not really up to running games at a decent lvl although you can use Lucid's Virtua MVP. Lucid use's the graphics on the cpu to help out with games, this basically makes your pc use both the on-board gpx and your own discrete gpx card as a virtual SLI. it doesn't work with everything though when it does work it's outstanding. I currently have a GTX560ti and can run through BF3 at 1920x1080 with everything at max detail without any lag or slowdown. Unlike it's big brother i7 Hyperthreading isn't a part of this cpu and tbh you really don't need it for a gaming rig. Overall another excellent cpu from Intel just remember if you want to overclock make sure you get the "K" version as it's fully unlocked, it does run hot though Intel have claimed this is normal for this cpu i'd recommend an aftermarket cooler as the stock cooler is not going to cut it. Buy this and you won't be disappointed, it will work fine in a Z68 board though in Z77 board you can fully utilise all it's features.
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