Agreed that everyone has different needs for their computer. ... However this is DDR2 that we're talking about where the cheapest 2 x 2GB kits are $50. ....I don't support buying more RAM than you'll ever use. Periodically checking windows resource monitor to see how much RAM you're currently using in various "demanding" tasks is a great way to see if you need more.
Agree entirely. If you have a useage pattern where Resource Monitor shows on the Memory tab (or you can use Task Monitor on the Performance Tab and look at: ) that "Free" (this is the telling indicator) doesn't get down to 200MB or less even after 4, 6 hours since booting (and myself, I use standby, so I only reboot once or twice in a week....), then if you still have that 200MB or more Free memory (not "available" mem (which is partly cached), but "free" (completely unused)), then you don't need more Ram. It's only if you used up that free memory down below 200MB or so in typical use, and plan to keep the motherboard going more than a year, then it would definitely pay to either get a SSD or up the memory. The advantage of the SSD is that you can take it with you to another system. The advantage of the memory is that it helps all the time for someone like me that has 10,20 windows open typically.
But in your case, $50 is getting close to that price point for some of the SSD choices. Even if you go to the better 128GB Samsung 830, $50 is halfway there. So it would be better (of course), if you have more cash available, of course, to jump up to an SSD.