I'm thinking of putting together a new machine quite soon, which will be used for quite a range of tasks; programming, some gaming, photo sound and video editing etc. etc.
Basically I'm wondering about the relative merits of H67 and Z68: I won't be overclocking at least to begin with, but I don't know that I can safely rule this out for the lifetime of the machine. I do want to get some use out of the IGP (I think). I quite like the idea of being able to add an SSD at some point and get some benefit from caching without having to reinstall Windows or do tedious manual file management.
I will be using a discrete graphics card - probably a GTX 560 Ti of some sort. I'd like to also be able to use the IGP both for GPGPU type stuff which I believe it ought to have some potential for, as well as QuickSync. I use two screens and am concerned about the amount of power that GPUs waste in these situations
so am thus considering using the IGP as the primary output in a Virtu configuration (see viewtopic.php?f=19&t=62243
). I understand that this should be possible on H67 or Z68; need to look into a bit more depth about Virtu and be careful before actually ordering a MB.
For these reasons, I don't believe P68 is appropriate. It may be, though, that in reality the IGP won't turn out to be such an important consideration.
I mostly run Windows, but spend some time in Linux as well, and have been known to have periods of a few months or more where it's my main OS; it might take a deeper hold at some point. I imagine that it will just take a bit of time for Linux to catch up on making use of Z68 features, but it seems worth noting that on the face of it, this could be incompatible with my expectations of how I want to use the IGP etc. Since the SSD caching thing is really a software feature it seems quite likely that on Linux at least implementations will come along at some point that aren't arbitrarily bound to the motherboard chipset; perhaps I'm being naive and overlooking something.
I know that it would probably be sensible to wait before jumping on Z68 in case there are teething troubles; I've been waiting for a while now and I'm not really in a desperate rush... part of me thinks it's an unnecessary indulgence to get a new computer at all (especially since it will almost certainly use considerably more power), although there are things my laptop won't really run and I don't much like the noise...