posted on Dec, 11 2007 @ 06:28 AM
While it may not be the cheapest, I've Always been very pleased with the performance of Micron's CRUCIAL memory modules. For me, memory is one of
those things you Don't want to "go cheap" with when purchasing. Actually it's one of the three core components that ultimately determine overall
speed, reliability and performance in any PC.
CPU, Motherboard, and Memory. Aside from ensuring you have a Quality power supply to provide ample and stable current, the rest of your system
is basically a matter of personal preference basd on individual needs, desires, and or usage.
As far as memory itself, matched pairs will typically provide the best overall performance. They're a bit more costly, but then again you get what
you pay for. I assume your motherboard supports the dual channel capabilites of DDR, so I'd say it's best to keep your modules as closely matched as
possible, if to ensure max. reliability and performance.
IMO, you can't go wring with quality modules utilizing Any of the above chips.
If you choose to go with some of the exotics, please ensure they're compatible with your motherboard or that they offer some sort of return
XP will run with a minimum of 128Mb. MS recomends 256MB, but I personally feel it should be 512Mb if you really want to "use" your PC.
To further increase performance and if you're comfortable doing so, you might also round up an old 8-10Gb HD. Slave it as a secondary drive, and
place your pagefile there. I've found it makes a world of difference, and that it greatly reduces "lag", especially when performing multiple
tasks/programs at the same time.
Hope this helps.