I have noticed a lot of people lately with question about building/upgrading a computer. (Including me) I just though it would be a good idea to make an organized thread so the board wont be cluttered.
For building just post your price range, and what you want to to with the computer
For upgrading just post your current system specs, your price range, and what you wan tot upgrade.
I hope this helps everybody out,
compliments of PaintedSaint:
Teh Uber Build Tutorial Thread
32-bit OSs can address 4gb total memory. Your RAM is the last to be allocated, so if you have a 512mb graphics card and another 256mb worth of various controllers (yes, your computer needs memory for that), you'll end up with about 3.2gb RAM max, no matter how much RAM is physically installed on the mobo. If you have more VRAM, you'll get less usable RAM.