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Hardware 2.0 Best Kit List Oct/Nov 08

OK, it's time once again for The Hardware 2.0 "Best Kit List" for Oct/Nov 08. Here I've put together a list of the best high-end and mid-range components currently available, with some decent budget parts listed too, along with a few honorable mentions. So if you're thinking of buying, building or even upgrading a PC, this list is a must-read for you!
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High-end - Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770

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Mid-range - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400

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Honorable mention - AMD Phenom X4 9950

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High-end - LGA775 - ASUS P5N64 WS PRO WiFi NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI

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High-end - AM2/AM2+ - ASUS Crosshair II Formula AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI

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Mid-range - LGA775 - ASUS P5QL-E

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Mid-range - AM2 - Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H

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High-end - XFX GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3

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Budget - Radeon HD 3850/GeForce 9600

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High-end - Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB

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Mid-range - Samsung Spinpoint T166 500GB

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High-end - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17066)

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Mid-range - Corsair XMS2 DHX 4GB Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2GB)

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Sound card - Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro

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Water cooling - Cooler Master RL-EUL-GBU1-GP Aquagate S1

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LGA775 cooler - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro

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AM2 cooler - Scythe Infinity

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High-end - Enermax Galaxy EGX1000EWL

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Mid-range - ThermalTake PurePower W0100RU 500-Watt

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High-end - Cooler Master RC-1100 Cosmos S ATX Full-Tower Case

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30" - Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP

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