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Which set up is best for me? Asus P5B Deluxe or P5WDH Deluxe?

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Hi all, am new here so please be gentle...

I am going to build a new rig but am stuck as to what kit to get, and was wondering if you guys could help me out.

I won't be doing any modding of the board but will definately consider overclocking :-)

I am thinking about the Asus P5B Deluxe or P5WDH Deluxe with a core duo 6300 and 1GB ram (or 2 if you really think so).

I will be using the set up for mainly photoshop use along with occasional video editing.

I don't use the PC to play games so don't need a gaming gpu, however might be worth considering a MB with gaming in mind as I might get into PC gaming at some point (but definately don't do any gaming at the mo). But I do need dual dvi or at least one dvi and one vga out (1600 x 1050 res screen 1).

Can anyone recommend a set-up for me please? Or give me any other tips?

I have read lots of sites/forums and the P5B Deluxe seems to be _very_ popular! Cost-wise, there is very little difference between it and the P5WDH Deluxe.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 24
Well, then go for the P5B Deluxe, there's no difference in performance and you could OC that E6300 to at least 3.0ghz with either motherboard.

Here, look: http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=580
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Yupp,a good choise for the E6300-6400 is the 965 chipset as it usally overclocks higher fsb,and you need that on the lower multis x7-x8.

For the E6600 and up the 975x chipset probably is better,higher rambandwith who takes moore use of the higher multis x9--- and up.

EDIT: Asus P5B E Pluss (965)
Asus Commando (965)
Biostar TForce 965 DXL

And moore are good 965 mobos,they overclock quite well also,but the Commando is out now in Jan 07......built for "overclockers".... dont know much about it (dont belive the hype ...lol..)
post #4 of 24
^^

What they said!

There really isn't much in it, both are great board with the 965 is definitely better with the e6300. I think the real deciding factor could be whether you plan on going SLI or CF depending on your graphics card choice. If yes to dual gfx (or the possibility down the road), then you'll want the P5W, if no then the P5B. There really is that little in it IMO.
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post #5 of 24
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Thanks for you help guys - I'm still not sure which way to go tho :-/

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Originally Posted by Richie P View Post
I think the real deciding factor could be whether you plan on going SLI or CF depending on your graphics card choice. If yes to dual gfx (or the possibility down the road), then you'll want the P5W, if no then the P5B. There really is that little in it IMO.
If you look on Asus website it says it (the P5B) is CF compatible:

http://uk.asus.com/products4.aspx?l1...95&modelmenu=1

Quote:
ASUS C.G.I. (Cross Graphics Impeller)
CrossFire performance optimization offered by C.G.I occurs in Direct Media Interface (DMI) between the P965 Northbridge, which carries one x16 PCI Express slot (x16 PCI Express Lanes), and ICH8R Southbridge, where another x16 PCI Express slot (x4 PCI Express Lanes) resides. C.G.I streamlines data transfer between the Northbridge and Southbridge, delivering enhanced performance during Crossfire dual-GPU mode.
Is that right?

PS, forgot to say, I will prob want to upgrade the CPU next year or the year after.... so which board has better future upgradeability in mind?
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post #6 of 24
The P5B is limited in terms of PCIe. It can only handle a 16x line. You can run two devices in PCIe ports and then you only get 8x on the first one and 4x on the second. The P5W can do 16x on 1 PCIe or 8x and 8x with 2 devices.

I am currently selling my P5W in favor of the P5B or P5N32-E. Don't get me wrong, the P5W is a great board. But I would consider myself a extreme overclock who needs 500+Mhz FSB. From the sounds of it, you are not interested in that. Therefore, the P5W or P5B will both be great for you. P5W offers more in the way of PCI and PCIe addons. If you plan on adding sound cards, physics cards, network cards, ect, P5W may be the way to go. It will overclock very easily to 400Mhz FSB. That will take your E6300 to 2.8Ghz! You can probably get 3.0Ghz out it as well, although it isn't guaranteed!
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post #7 of 24
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Thanks :-)

I doubt I will use two graphic cards tbh. I may however get into overclocking, as I tried it for a while on this set up and found it quite addictive lol

I still like both boards but am leaning more towards the P5B, it's a newer chipset and sooooo many people rave about it that its hard to not let that influence me! I'm quite certain I will go for it now - thanks all!

However if anything new comes out within the next week or so that sounds like a good alternative please let me know!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Brook View Post
Thanks :-)

I doubt I will use two graphic cards tbh. I may however get into overclocking, as I tried it for a while on this set up and found it quite addictive lol

I still like both boards but am leaning more towards the P5B, it's a newer chipset and sooooo many people rave about it that its hard to not let that influence me! I'm quite certain I will go for it now - thanks all!

However if anything new comes out within the next week or so that sounds like a good alternative please let me know!
The Asus Commando (965) is coming now in January,it should be a beast,its kinda built for overclocking.....but sadly also the price is up there with the 975x mobos
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Anyone tried the Asus Striker?? See that it is set to use the new Quad core also and with FSB adjust up to 1333.
post #10 of 24
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Tailgunner - I've heard the striker is too expensive and doesn't really offer much more for OC'ers, I think it's been a bit of a flop tbh..

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Originally Posted by Norz View Post
The Asus Commando (965) is coming now in January,it should be a beast,its kinda built for overclocking.....but sadly also the price is up there with the 975x mobos
Typical! Just when I thought I had the right MB they bring out a new one

If I go for the Commando, I will have to get a cheaper GPU, but thats prob not a problem as I wasn't intending to play games anyway...

The command will be an extra £50 ($97 USD) than the P5B dlx... so will it really be worth it?...
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