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I wouldnt change anything on the athlon, its fine the way it is.
It also wont be able to use another 4GB ram, its already bottlenecking the GTX260 quite a bit.
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I wouldnt change anything on the athlon, its fine the way it is.
It also wont be able to use another 4GB ram, its already bottlenecking the GTX260 quite a bit.

Why wouldn't it be able to use the additional RAM? The MB paperwork says it can support up to 8G maximum. Is the limitation due to the RAM itself, like a voltage/power issue?

*Not disagreeing with you, I'm just curious to understand more.
     
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Your likely to saturate your CPU before RAM would be an issue. Unless you turn it into a virtualization box
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Ahhh OK. So it's not really a limitation of the hardware itself in that it wouldn't work, it's more of a situation where the additional RAM wouldn't be utilized?

I was actually considering running virtualbox on it and running a Linux machine in addition. My daughter likes to play on the computer from time to time so I'd actually like to get her started using Ubuntu so as she's learning to use a computer she's learning Linux. I figure she'll learn to use Windows in school anyway.

If I went this route, then additional RAM would be useful but then at that point wouldn't the CPU still be the anchor in all this? Do you think running just one Ubuntu VM on top of W7 using vbox would work or would it just be so bogged down?
     
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I know from my own experiences with my A54C-TS31 Asus laptop that it will use the most cpu resources during boot up traditionally and then will defer back to normal levels. I cant say for certain your AMD Athlon CPU will behave in terms of virtualization just because of the instruction sets we have now as opposed to that era.

I would just give it a try with the hardware you have, if you deem that you need more RAM then you can always add that later. The SSD will be much more beneficial for VirtualBox, it has been for me at least
    
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