Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:07 AM
Most newer motherboards support RAM running in Dual Channel mode.
2 matched sticks of RAM running in Dual Channel mode, will out perform 2 mismatched sticks not running in Dual Channel mode.
RAM is cheap, and the easiest way to increase your computer's performance.
The amount of RAM you should get, will depend on the Operating System you decide to use.
If you're going to use XP, then 1GB should satisfy your needs.
If you're going to be using Vista (more resource intensive, than XP), I'd consider 2GB to be the minimum.
Either way, I would go with 2GB of Dual Channel.
As I said, RAM is the cheapest, and easiest way, to increase your computer's performance.
You never know what the future will hold, as your computing needs, or interests, may change.
You can't go wrong, with choosing one of the name-brand manufacturers of RAM.
When it comes to RAM, don't buy cheap, no-name brands.
RAM is one area where, "you get what you pay for".
Buy cheap, you get cheap.
Buy quality, you get quality.
Some good choices would be:
As far as the processor goes, I'd get a good dual core.
Also, get a motherboard that can support processor upgrades, and the addition of more RAM, than what you think you'll need.
This would be a good way to help "future-proof" your computer.
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