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best budget board?


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Mar 7, 2006
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hi, i was wondering if GA-965P-DS3 would be the best budget board to go with in terms of stability, features, and OC ability. i recall this being the choice of anandtech a few months ago, but is there a board which also has firewire and more IDE channels for under $130? i am choosing a board to go with a low end processor and some old parts i have hanging around so i can not go for anything with the p35 chipset.

thanks in advance for any advice and/or suggestions :)
Dec 5, 2006
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That is a grand board, another option could be the base model P5B Asus, or I believe one of the Abit's in the same price range..