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i would disagree with both previous posts, that new tech is going to be expensive at first and ive read ddr2 will likely be a step down from ddr with amd until it improves speed since latency is more important with amd. although i wouldnt drop 2k in a new setup.

and i really dont think most people buy ALL NEW.
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Buying all new seems kind've foolish if you have a bunch of quality parts that still work fine. Besides, if one was to wait for new stuff to come out, then it would all be real expensive. Then, when said stuff drops in price, newer stuff will be out. It's a never-ending cycle. It's more up to the budget, I'd say.
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Originally Posted by Patrice Mersault
Buying all new seems kind've foolish if you have a bunch of quality parts that still work fine. Besides, if one was to wait for new stuff to come out, then it would all be real expensive. Then, when said stuff drops in price, newer stuff will be out. It's a never-ending cycle. It's more up to the budget, I'd say.
yes in general it isnt good to "wait" since stuff id always coming out but ometimes when it is a big technology (dx10) you may want to think about it. i also wouldnt drop money on a top end card to last 2-3 years right now but 939 socket will be in use for a while.
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Originally Posted by Jazino
i would disagree with both previous posts, that new tech is going to be expensive at first and ive read ddr2 will likely be a step down from ddr with amd until it improves speed since latency is more important with amd. although i wouldnt drop 2k in a new setup.

and i really dont think most people buy ALL NEW.
These are not the same AMD cores that are just implementing a new pin design and using DDR2. It might as well be an entire different architechture, or AMD would use DDR instead of DDR2. I heard a while back though thatAMD might jump into DDR3, but that seems to have been a rumor.
The point is, unless it helped in performance, cost, or reliability, then AMD would have sticked with DDR and not moved to DDR2.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jazino
yes in general it isnt good to "wait" since stuff id always coming out but ometimes when it is a big technology (dx10) you may want to think about it. i also wouldnt drop money on a top end card to last 2-3 years right now but 939 socket will be in use for a while.
Correct, just like Socket A is still used. (Cough, Cough).
But becasue of the nature of what is about to happen to the industry in terms of new technologies that require special parts (Dual Core, SATA2 Command Queing, HDCP, DX10, SM4, etc.), it is much better to wait now than to buy, unless you have a broken PC and some cash.
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post #16 of 18
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What exactly is DX10?
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DirectX 10

Windows Vista has a minimum requirement of DX9, so no worries for a long time on "DX10 ready" cards.
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I usually upgrade once per year something.
The big upgrade is always the CPU/Motherboard/Memory/Case/PS for that one I keep the video card, HDD, mouse, keyboard, monitor, optical drives. It is important to buy a good motherboard with a socket that will last (939).
After that I might do the video card and the optical drive.
Then I might do a newer CPU when they've come down in price.
Maybe the HDD when my newest one gets more than 2 or 3 years old.

With PCIe killing AGP though, my next big upgrade will force me to do at least CPU/MB/RAM and Video. Hopefully my 350W Enermax will still power that ok, otherwise add PS into that upgrade.
     
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