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So, I've been thinking recently.. I've had my rig list set up for a long time now.<br />
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However, I've been hearing great things about the P5B deluxe. I'd really love to hit 3ghz on an E6300, and am now wondering if it's possible with a gigabyte S3.<br />
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Now if I have the money for it at Christmas, I'll probably go for the P5B-D, but if not, I'll have to settle for the S3, which is like a £50 difference.<br />
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What I'm wondering is, if I actually do get the amount of money, would I be better off getting the P5B-Deluxe or a better GPU? The 7300GT I'm looking at getting is a DDR3 version and is about £60 so I'd be able to stretch to around £110 if I get that extra £50. I only play a few games because of 56k but I'd like the choice to be able to play them well, and with good graphics settings.<br />
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I mainly play Guild Wars, but I occasionally play FEAR Combat and CS: S when I can be bothered.<br />
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So after all the rambling, my basic question is this: Motherboard or GPU? Which is worth it more? If I can hit close to 3ghz on an S3 then I won't bother with the P5B Deluxe.
 

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Go for a better GPU, games are dependent on graphics than GPU and a E6300 should be more than enough for the games that you play and there's a possibility that the S3 could clock the CPU up to 3.0ghz.....<br><br>
But I'd say do more research on the S3 because I don't much about it, so first investigate how it does in the overclocking department.<br><br>
But I'd tell ya, for Intel systems ASUS are always on top of any other brand and the P5B Deluxe is a reassurance that 3.0ghz is feasible and also performance overall.
 

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I agree with Nasgul. The vast majority (if not all) modern games are far more GPU limited than CPU. Dollar for dollar, a GPU upgrade will almost always pay far more dividends, for gaming, than a CPU will.<br />
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The catch - however - is that a GPU won't help you for standard apps. If you're encoding video, or doing other CPU intensive tasks more often, then a a higher CPU overclock will benefit you more.<br />
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It ultimately comes down to your priority - Games or Apps? Decide accordingly.
 

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Whoa! Tankguys is here! off topic but can i buy a B coded e6600 from you?<br />
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Aaaaaanyway, maybe consider looking into the asus P5B-E? It is about the same price as the S3 and supposedly overclocks very well with the e6300. And about your video card, I don't know the price in the UK, but 110GBP is about 200USD right? You can get a very nice x1950pro for that price.
 

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p5b-e might be a good choice. google about it's overclocking capabilities, however I'm sure they are great indeed.<br />
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If you are really gaming, then a better GPU might really make more of a difference. With today's applications, you don't really need an overclocked E6300. Even encoding doesn't take too long, and a decently overclocked E6300 will certainly do the trick.<br />
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The only way I can think of a real need of cpu power is when doing video filteration which can take days. For that even a 4ghz core2duo isn't enough <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />.
 

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Motherboard because if the games are working fine now then you'll have more flexibility later on to upgrade if you get a better mobo now
 
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