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    Default Best under $200(US) hardware

    What is the best bang for the buck for under $200 for these 3 categories----CPU, mainboard, and a single video card. I'm talking $200 or under for each piece.

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    Right now, I prefer Intel, but there is nothing wrong with AMD.

    E6750 - My E6600 can hit 3.6, so I'm sure this could hit 3.8+. You might want to consider an E6300 if you are overclocking.

    Gigabyte has released some very nice boards lately - especially the Ultra Durable series. The P35 would be the board to get.

    Being an Nvidia fan, I would have to say something from the 8 series would be nice. With the money you save from buying that motherboard, you might be able to squeeze in an 8800GTS 320mb. If not, the 8600GTS is not a bad choice.

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    Default Re: Best under $200(US) hardware

    ~~AMD SYSTEM~~
    1. AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ @ newegg.com for $169.99
    2. ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition AM2 NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI @ newegg.com for $176.99
    3. HIS Hightech H195PRQT512DDN-R-V2 Radeon X1950PRO 512MB @ newegg.com for $199.99 w/ $40.00 MIR.

    ~~ INTEL SYSTEM ~~
    1. Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775 @ newegg.com for $199.99
    2. ASUS P5W DH DELUXE/WIFI-AP LGA 775 @ newegg.com for $188.99
    3. HIS Hightech H195PRQT512DDN-R-V2 Radeon X1950PRO 512MB @ newegg.com for $199.99 w/ $40.00 MIR.

    thats my 2 cents

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    Default Re: Best under $200(US) hardware

    I think the 1950pro is the best bang for the buck under 200. for under 300 i would say a nvidia 8800gts 320mb.
    CPU: Opteron 165 @ 311x9 - 2817.8 mhz - 1.47v
    Mobo: Abit KN8-SLI
    RAM: 2x512 Crucial Ballistic Tracers500 @ 202 mhz 2-2-2-5 T1
    GFX: Asus EAX1950pro @ 648/1408
    PSU: Thermaltake 500w
    SC: Audigy 2 zs
    LCD: 22' Samsung 225bw
    Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 Ultra
    Mouse: Logitech G5

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    Default Re: Best under $200(US) hardware

    For graphics card I would say hit ebay for a 7900gtx.. with the 8800gt, gtx and new gts coming in, ppl for some reason don't care about the last generation's high-end..

    You could probably find a 7900gtx which is at least as good as the x1950pro for about 150.
    Case: Antec P180 ** PSU: Ultra-V 600W
    Main: EVGA 680i 122-CK-NF68**
    CPU: E6700 2.66GHz
    CPU cooling: Arctic Freezer 7 Pro ** RAM: 2GB Corsair XMS2
    GPU: BFG GTX 295..** Samsung 206bw LCD
    OS: Vista Ultimate 32bit

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    Default Re: Best under $200(US) hardware

    I wrote this back in mid September and never bought my parts because I got too busy. Now its January 21st and I desperately need to upgrade, I'm wondering what has change for the best under $200 Main board, CPU, and GPU. I'm guessing alot has changed by now.........

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