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Do graphic card prices fluctuate in a year cycle?

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Inspired by the not-so-recent fall in RAM prices, I was wondering if the prices of graphic cards fluctuate in a year cycle similar to RAM's. Any idea bout' this?

(And just a side question: At this point of time, I'm still using a integrated graphic cards on a AGP mobo, and I'm thinking of upgrading it within a small budget. Would you recommend buying a middle-range GFX card or a budget-range GFX card to get by and just save up for a PCIe mobo?)
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Id say just save full stop, and pcie, as there much cheaper than agp. imho.
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Graphic card prices seem to fall when a bigger, faster, newer card comes out. It really don't have anything to do with the time of the year.

Also, the only reason ram prices fell is because of a price fixing bust in the ram industry
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Thanks for the replies.

I was under the impression that the RAM prices fall in April and rise in September (and I still can't get over the fact that I bought a 512 MB RAM @ 58 USD near January this year).

Just a little off-topic, is there any other cons of getting a RAM with clockspeed higher than what the mobo supports other than it being tuned down (duh) and higher CL? I'm planning to get a 667 despite my current mobo supporting only up to 533 for the mobo upgrade a few months later.
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Well you might be able to tighten up timmings if you get faster ram than your MB supports.
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Thanks for the replies.

I was under the impression that the RAM prices fall in April and rise in September (and I still can't get over the fact that I bought a 512 MB RAM @ 58 USD near January this year).

Just a little off-topic, is there any other cons of getting a RAM with clockspeed higher than what the mobo supports other than it being tuned down (duh) and higher CL? I'm planning to get a 667 despite my current mobo supporting only up to 533 for the mobo upgrade a few months later.
Getting faster memory than your board supports is fine if you are overclocking, since it will allow you to get back up to the rated speed of the memory. Other than that, sometimes faster memory is cheaper so it's fine to get it.
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Getting faster memory than your board supports is fine if you are overclocking, since it will allow you to get back up to the rated speed of the memory. Other than that, sometimes faster memory is cheaper so it's fine to get it.
I don't really know much about overclocking FSB speed, but hey, this is overclock.net; I will probably search around once I find more time for myself.

I just did a little more research and I found out that the general DDR2-533 CL 4 RAM and DDR2-667 CL5 RAM are actually performance-wise virtually equal practically.

Although increasing clockspeed from 533 to 667 increased its theoratical bandwidth by 25%, the higher CL actually decreased its performance by 20% (4/5 = 0.8), though is kinda strange to me why CL is exactly, inversely proportional to RAM performance. But anyway, 1x * 1.25 * 0.8 gives you 1x again.

And somewhere along the thread (#27) in the first link below, one guy mentions that DDR2-533 CL3 is faster than DDR2-667 CL4, which I think according to calculations below, is true.

DDR2-533 CL3 : DDR2-667 CL4
1 : 1 * 1.25 * 3/4
1 : 0.94

I hope this info is useful to those who are having similar doubts regarding 533 and 667.

And once again, thanks for the replies so far. =)

More Info:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=67099
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=92138
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2810&p=6

EDIT:

Argh, just one more question popping out here:

"Faster DDR2 DIMMs though are compatible with slower DDR2 DIMMs. The memory would just run at the slower speed. Slower DDR2 memory are not compatible with faster memory (i.e. you can put a PC2-6400 module in a PC2-4200 compatible system, but you cannot put a PC2-4200 module in a PC2-6400 system)."

- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR2)

Is the last part about "you cannot put a PC2-4200 module in a PC2-6400 system" true?
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