In the end, isn't actually cheaper for you to buy a 4GB set (2x2GB) over 3GB triple-channel set or two individual sticks? This would be what I would recommend over your two options even on a 32-bit setup.
If you only have those two options, I support the triple-channel set so each stick is equal across the board.
I've been trying to read up on the limitation and i see windows uses some of that 4th gig of ram to do stuff so we cant use it. fine
so if i only have 3 gigs of ram does windows use that same amount of space, thus making my 3 gigs less than 3 gigs, in effect?
if so then 4 gigs is a no brainer.
however, upon further thought, since the RAM is priced with no benefit to buying more/getting cheaper, i think i'll start with 2 1 gig sticks and if i need more just buy more later. RAM only gets cheaper right?
it sure is a great improvement but it was the HD not the RAM, as i was running the entire new setup with IDE for a few days and had no bootup improvment. Just faster start to individual programs and mundane things like control panel.
so i have to advise anyone looking for faster boots, if you have IDE, get SATA! I dare say that's a more effective upgrade than the other components
I only wanted a 640 since my external drive is 640 but i saw a 1.5tb for only 75 bucks this week