Your board is pretty old so I don't think it can take 4gigs of ram in each slot. Besides 4gb is more than enough for a g31 build. However a 64bit OS will benefit you and will increase the amount of usable ram by about 500 megs since 32 OSs can only use upto 3.5 gigs or so
No because your motherboards chipset only supports 4GB as already stated. This is a hardware problem, not software. Simply installing a 64bit OS (if your CPU even supports it) won't allow your current system to use more than 4GB of RAM. To use more, you'll need to upgrade your system, especially the motherboard.
I'm not really that knowledgeable with computer terms yet. Although the reason for my upgrades are mainly for gaming purposes. Are you saying there's a chance it could work?
I am also getting a new processer as well. I've looked through a couple and found that the Intel Core i5 3570k 3.4ghz would be the best choice. Is it possible for me to upgrade to that CPU at all? At the moment I have a pentium Dual core 2.5Ghz CPU.
At this moment in time, the only way you'll be able to upgrade is to change platform (you are currently on the Intel LGA775 platform which is entirely outdated as regards upgrading) so a viable upgrade would be the LGA1155 platform which includes a new processor (3570k that you already suggested), (socket 1155) motherboard and (DDR3) RAM.
I'm never sure about anything. .......... the ram, whatever you choose might have to be set to run at speed in the BIOS. more often than not they default to 1333. the BIOS on the AsRock board has settings for it to run at 1600.
everything should work fine together. the heat sink that comes with the processor should be good enough. has a nice chunk of copper on it to pull heat off the processor. don't know what AUD is...( money of course ) ..... you'll have to do your research.
Oh LMAO, I meant Australian Dollars. :s , Thanks so much for your help again! I did some conversions but all together it turns out to be cheaper then American Dollars, which doesn't make much sense to me. (I converted the prices from newegg)