Price Guides October 2004: Video and Memoryby Adam Rader on October 10, 2004 8:39 AM EST
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IntroductionPCI express and DDR2 have shown us over the last few months to be slow-adoption technologies as everyone comes to learn that they offer no real benefits as of yet and tend to cost more than their legacy counterparts. PCIe video cards in general don't cost more on their own, versus an AGP equivalent, but there is still the cost of a new motherboard to support the new slot. DDR2, on the other hand, blatantly costs more and in many cases, tends to run somewhat slower than DDR1. Even with Intel's strong push for the new technologies, which can be found on many of the newer Intel motherboards that sport the new 775 socket, these new kids on the block don't yet have enough curb appeal to warrant the deeper dive into your bank account or wallet.
For the time being, it is still a safe bet to stick to DDR1 and AGP for your system upgrade and building needs. Given some more time, DDR2 and PCIe will most definitely become the new standards, but until then, there's no reason not to save some cash and stick to the tried, true, and competitively priced options that are still available.
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