So, I'm pricing out systems (no, I'm not building because I'm a wuss . What's the incremental performance benefit of 384MBs of RAM over 286? I'm thinking of a 1.2 Tbird w/ 133 FSB and DDR RAM (probably WinME). Certainly there is a benefit, but is it significant? Or should I just go w/ 286 and buy a 128 stick later on if I need it? This will used for mostly gaming (and bring work home).
CPUcool has a free memory feature, I use it on my Win9x/ME macines, it helps a helluvalot.
For one, Win9x doesn't free memory worth a crap after its been running for a week or so, use this to free the ram, then its good to go for another week.
beyond that, occasionally it will free up more ram for games, but there is no big performance increase in general, especially not in NT/2k...