|"Now I'm aware that you have to have 1 Gig of RAM for Windows 7'|
Make that, at least 1GB.
"if anybody knows where one can get cheap RAM I'd appreciate it"
RAM is not cheap these days. I stocked up about a year ago when 4GB DDR2-800 dual channel kits were selling for about $20 after rebate. Now they're selling for close to $100.