Ars Technica: 2005 buyer’s guide is out!


http://arstechnica.com/guides/buyer/system-guide-200506.ars 


What is interesting is that the budget box solution is now based on AMD64 939 and PCI-Express. Hmmm… maybe it’s just me, but I would prefer a more conservative solution based on the omnipresent 754 socket and AGP 8x. For example, older VIA K8M800-based motherboards with the good old AGP 8x and integrated on-board video might do the same job as well.


While I believe that PCI-Express is just taking off and PCI is still the dominant technology for all the cards, it is interesting that you already find cheap motherboards like MSI RS480M2-IL based on the ATI Xpress200 chipset at such low prices…

Comments (2)

  1. Mick says:

    Exactly. There’s no need for 939 or a 64bit chip. A Sempron in 754 with a 6600 in AGP is way more than good enough for the vast majority of people. By the time 939 and 64bit is mainstream then some other "standard" will be the new "standard".

  2. AdiOltean says:

    And, you can still have AMD64 on 754, and the prices there are a little bit less than the AMD939.