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Well, I try to stay in the loop about new technology, but to be honest, i havent had the need for to many new components for my pc, so i havent worried about it to much. I am about to buy some new ram for my system as I am going to give my 1gb (2x512mb) to my father.

I built this computer two years ago and the only things i have changed on it really is hard drives and video card.

AMD Barton 2500+ (overclocked to 2205 using just simple gigabyte software).
After market CPU Fan, forget what it is.
GA-7NNXP Motherboard (nForce2 Ultra400 chipset)
2x36gb 10k RPM WD Raptors Hard Drives (Raid 1)
CORSAIR XMS 1GB (2 x 512MB) PC3200 RAM
GIGABYTE GV-R80L256V Radeon X800XL 256MB AGP Video Card

For now, im not feeling the need to upgrade to a new motherboard and cpu (amd 64 sometime in the future, but not near), but i am hoping that I can use the new ram im about to buy for that new cpu/motherboard i will probably be buying within the next 12 months.

Im thinking about getting this memory from Newegg, do you think this is my best buy?

CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145587

There are so many different speeds out there now, that I am unsure about its compatibility with AMD 64 CPU's (which there are multiple flavors of those as well now, right?)

Also, do you have any recommendations for overclocking my system a little more or maybe the correct way? =P

Thanks for all your ideas.

-MACscr
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Go with G skill, muskin, or OCZ platinum/titanium if you want proven overclocking ram. Also, go for DDR500. Your mb is compatibility with all ddr speeds, so don't worry about that. Here's is your mb from your manufacturer's website:
http://www.giga-byte.com/MotherBoard...c_GA-7NNXP.htm

You should consider buying a new processor and mb first however, as your cpu is a major bottleneck in your current system, and you'll such a much bigger performance increase, than with moving to two gigs.
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If you're planning on upgrading your mobo and cpu in the near term I would go with this G.Skill 2 GB set
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