Digressing a bit... It's ironic that this thread was reactivated today. My decision about RAM has probably been made for me. Power to our house flicked on and off several times Friday and it appears my computer's power supply worked much like a fuse.
So, I don't think I can rationalized that expense on a pretty marginal system.
That has me thinking about my options. At work I have a laptop, a docking station, a full-size monitor, keyboard and mouse. I'm hooked up to a network printer, et al.
At home we had the desktop (with it's CRT monitor) and a wireless router allowing us to use a separate laptop throughout the house. The printer, external hard drive and various Mp3 players and media readers plugged directly into the tower.
The most demanding thing I do with a home computer is occasional arcView/GIS projects where I'm on my own time. The vast majority of the time the computers are used for basic documents/spreadsheets, email and surfing. The kids play some low end online games.
What hardware would I need to handle the mechanical connections that were made at the tower? The router still works but the printer and friends aren't connected to anything. Is a laptop an expensive luxury if I choose to buy a monitor and use it in the same place most of the time?
And software. Is XP history? Will I find that many of the software/applications I have now will not run on Windows 7?
I guess I can ask the same questions at B*st B*y, but I'd rather hear it from someone who is not selling anything.