any reasoning behind this decision?
1. The E6300 has twice computing potentionals than the 3800+. If you overclock both, than the performance difference will be higher.
2. 1GB is enough to run every game available today. The benefit of the second GB of RAM is for caching files and other stuff, so the loading of the levels in the games will be faster.
3. You can add another GB of RAM latter, without replacing anything and without loosing money. If you want to upgrade your 3800+ latter, you'll have to sell your old CPU for less money. Also the s939 X2 CPUs are expencive(compared to sAM2) and there is no X2 CPU that can offer the same performance/price factor as E6300.
any reasoning behind this decision?Bring up the performance tab in WinXP Task Manager. Look at your Peak Commit Charge. Is it near or over 1GB? How about your current loading? Some programs, or combinations of programs like to see a 2GB system. Most of the time, 1GB is plenty. An E6300 is faster than a 3800+.