Upgrade - to DDR2 6400 or WD Raptor?

My current system bought a year ago in England

Mobo: Gigabyte nforce 550 (dirt cheap) £50
CPU: AMD64 X2 AM2 EE 4600+ £190
Graphics: Nvidia 7900GS (low power but noisy and expensive) £120
Memory: Bottlenecked DDR2 400 4X 256MB £0.00 (FREE!)
Hard drive: Uber classic SCSI 34GB 10'000rpm £0.00 (FREE!)
SCSI RAID card: U160 15 HDD PCI-X £0.00 (FREE! but not selling on ebay)
PSU: NorthQ 400W v. quiet £40
Wireless: crummy Belkin pci 54G (NO WPA ARGH) taken from last PC

cost me £400 ($800) a year ago and I may be able to afford 1 upgrade.

So I am considering upgrading either memory to 2X512MB 800Mhz or 150GB WD Raptor 10'000RPM what do people recommend? Hard to tell what slows me down more. The free components then go on Ebay.

Stalfos the cheapskate [:)>
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    My current system bought a year ago in England

    Mobo: Gigabyte nforce 550 (dirt cheap) £50
    CPU: AMD64 X2 AM2 EE 4600+ £190
    Graphics: Nvidia 7900GS (low power but noisy and expensive) £120
    Memory: Bottlenecked DDR2 400 4X 256MB £0.00 (FREE!)
    Hard drive: Uber classic SCSI 34GB 10'000rpm £0.00 (FREE!)
    SCSI RAID card: U160 15 HDD PCI-X £0.00 (FREE! but not selling on ebay)
    PSU: NorthQ 400W v. quiet £40
    Wireless: crummy Belkin pci 54G (NO WPA ARGH) taken from last PC

    cost me £400 ($800) a year ago and I may be able to afford 1 upgrade.

    So I am considering upgrading either memory to 2X512MB 800Mhz or 150GB WD Raptor 10'000RPM what do people recommend? Hard to tell what slows me down more. The free components then go on Ebay.

    Stalfos the cheapskate [:)>
    I imagine you don't have much space left on that HD. You probably won't see much difference in speed with a Raptor over that SCSI drive. But I can't compare Uber classic. Check your ram in control panel and see how much you have free. If you are hogging it up then get more. It all depends on what you do with the computer. As far as the drive I would get a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10. It's cheap and fast.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148136

    Use the SCSI drive for boot and the Barracuda as a second drive.
    Edit: You might be able to get the drive and faster ram.
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