Friend of my ask me to upgrade his old Dell Dimension 8300 (detailed specs here).
Right now he has 512MB and Windows XP Home 32bit. I'm debating on if I should get him 2x1GB stick or 4x1GB.
Will he see any huge difference between 2GB and 4GB?
Because in 32bit only 3GBs will be visible/usable.
From personal experience, I'd advise 2x1GB. It won't push the mobo beyond where its been electrically as 4 sticks might. And because the extra 2GB will only yield 1.25GB recognizable at the most (32-bit = 4GB max - overhead mapping - vid card mapping), and he likely won't notice that extra bit anyhow.
I was able to get these parts. (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820220095) The parts you used. It was out of stock, and I put my name on the Newegg acknowledgment list, for when they get the parts in. The parts came in yesterday to Newegg. I ordered it today.