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Creaky Dell E520 - what to do?

Hello
I have a Dell E520. I am trying to keep it viable for a year or so until the AMD next gen comes out.

Core Duo E6300 1.86Ghz
965 Dell Mobo (the specs say up to 800MHz FSB)
3 G RAM DDR2
2x500M 233Mhz RAM
2x1G 400Mzh(from my faulty memory) RAM
Zotac video card on the way to replace an old one.
Win XP

Used for basic web, n**flix, no real gaming, home office, no video transcoding.

Do you think upgrading the memory or CPU would be more cost effective?

What speed memory would you pick?

Thanks for the suggestions!
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    Hmm. You don't really need anything more for what you do with your computer.

    I would say...the most cost effective thing you can do right now is save your money and just buy a completely new system later on.

    Also that's an old system - so you probably already are maxed out on memory (i'm guessing you don't have a 64bit OS as well). Any upgrade to your computer would probably be a pretty moot point.
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