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Best Gaming CPU: $160-$200

Best Gaming CPUs For The Money: November 2010
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Best Gaming CPU for $160 to $200:  None

At $155, the Phenom II X4 955 has a lot going for it. But while the Phenom II X4 955, 965, and 970 all share an unlocked multiplier, there's a good chance that AMD's binning process will designate the CPUs with the best potential as the Phenom II X4 965 or 970, so overclockers may want to put some extra dollars toward the higher-end models.

Folks who don't overclock probably won't notice any difference, however. In addition, overclocking enthusiasts might want to consider spending the extra money for a Core i5-760 once they've reached this price range.

Read our review of the new Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition here, and our look at the Phenom II X4 970 here.

Honorable Mention:
Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition  (Check Prices)

Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
Codename: Deneb
Process: 45 nm
CPU Cores: 4
Clock Speed: 3.4 GHz
Socket: AM3
L1 Cache: 4 x 128 KB
L2 Cache: 4 x 512 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
HyperTransport: 4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
125 W

Honorable Mention:
Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition

Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition
Codename: Deneb
Process: 45 nm
CPU Cores: 4
Clock Speed: 3.5 GHz
Socket: AM3
L1 Cache: 4 x 128 KB
L2 Cache: 4 x 512 KB
L3 Cache: 6 MB
HyperTransport: 4000 MT/s
Thermal Envelope:
125 W

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