|Don't get how 2 GB RAM will get me better performance if I am only using 1 GB for my apps.|
I am giving up the idea of buying 512's. The only brand readily available is some generic crap that goes by the name of Dynet. Heard of it? It's "supposed" to be a DDR 400 (physical label), and Sandra diagnosed it as a DDR 266! Probably some cheap heavily overclocked gunk. I even tried a Kingston DDR 400 and even that shows up as DDR 266 in my bios!
I am currently testing with two sticks, one Dynet and the other Kingston, and each time I boot, my BIOS checks the whole 1300 Megs! Sometimes I am unable to boot at all. I used Memtest and apparently my entire RAM is error free.
I don't know what the problem really is but it seem the problem is being caused by the Dynet chip because the system was running fine till I was only testing with Kingston (albeit it is only recognized as DDR 266 by my motherboard).
My only option then would be to go for Transcend 2 x 1 GB DDR 400. (Transcend 512 MB sticks are atrociously expensive, might as well spend a little more and get two 1 GB sticks). At least my BIOS recognizes that as DDR 333 which it should with given FSB. Plus I can be assured of a reasonably good quality chip.
PLUS I think my spartan warrior PC deserves some tasty RAM after years of tirelessly hauling bricks at 512 Megs! Hell yeah!!