A few of you guys were helping me the other day with some processor/mobo choices and now the only real question that remains would be the ram. Is 1 gig really gonna help me? Getting 512 is considerably less than the 1 gig kits/chips from newegg. For those of you who didn't follow the other thread I plan on doing moderate gaming and very minor video work. More just importing the video and adding a menu or such rather than actualy editing of the video.
Thanks again for all the help and info.
For most people, 512mb is sufficient. I'm running 512 and would personally like to have 1g. In your case, you can check this yourself. Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and click on the performance tab. Under the commit charge, see how high your peak gets. Pardon me if you already know this, but I'll break it down for others peeking in the thread as well:
Total: How much RAM (and possibly virtual memory) currently used.
Limit: Total amount of RAM and virtual memory.
Peak: Highest amount of memory you've used since last reboot.
Take that peak and divide by 1024. If it's higher than 512mb, then you would benefit from 1g of RAM, as your program(s) are having to access the slower page file. How much benefit you would see depends on how much higher that 512mb you're hitting. That should help you decide if it would be worth it to you or not.