Okay, here's the system I have now-- or more appropriately, will have purchased from a fellow by tomorrow night:
CPU: AMD 3200+ (939, Venice)
Mobo: Chaintech VNF4 Ultra Zenith VE (link)
GPU: XFX Geforce 7800GT
RAM: 2x Crucial 512MB pc3200
Sound: Audigy 2 ZS
HDD: 160GB Samsung + 80GB Maxtor (both 7200RPM IDE)
Optical: NEC 16x DVD-RW (ND-3520A)
Case: Cooler Master Cavalier
PSU: Thermaltake Silent PurePower 420W
Notice, only 1GB of RAM-- two 512MB sticks of non-performance Crucial pc3200 RAM.
what the "Canadian Newegg" (NCIX) has on sale (being in Canada, I can't order from Newegg): "Kingston HyperX PC3200 512MB DDR400 CL2-3-2-6 184PIN DIMM Memory". Price? Let me do the conversion for you. After rebate, one stick comes out to approximately $31
USD-- and that's including tax. (Not sure what shipping would cost, so don't worry about that.) Rebate applies to up to two sticks. Non-sale/non-rebate price is $64 USD.
I assume that going by price alone, this is a great deal. In Canada, anyway. But would buying two of these sticks be a good upgrade choice for my new used system? The Crucial RAM isn't performance grade. It's just standard stuff. I don't know if this will all run in dual-channel mode together, or even run well
together. I'm not on overclocker. I don't know anything about RAM timings. So that isn't an issue for me. But if mixing this RAM will for some reason really dillute the perfomance benefit of going to 2 gigs (or not work at all!), I want to know about it.
As well, with 4x512MB, I'll be out of RAM slots. I'm only
a casual enthusiast, okay? I fathom that by the time I need to go over
2GB, I'll either be building a whole new computer to really take advantage of new standards, or I'll be doing an expensive upgrade consisting of CPU and GPU, anyway. So I don't think it's an issue. But you tell me-- is 2GB really not going to be enough, anytime soon? Heck, 1GB is good enough for most things right now. Well, for guys like me, anyway-- who aren't obsessed with overclocking and achieving FPS so high that the human eye can't even perceive the difference. ;P
Your opinions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!