getting more ram

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    so i have windows xp and just upgraded the video card and now am looking into upgrading the ram

    i have 4 slots available, as of now there are 2x512 sticks in it, and it can support up to 8 gb

    if i am sticking with XP, would getting 2gb sticks of ram be completely worthless or would it be able to make use of the 4gb or 5 if i left my current ram in too
     
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    32-bit XP cannot address more than 4GB of ram. Depending on the system config, anything over 3GB may be unusable.
     
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    ok thanks. that being said i am not sure what speed of ram i currently have

    Memory Upgrade for Dell Dimension XPS Gen 5, the Dell Dimension XPS Gen 5 takes the PC2-4200/5300 DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs.

    if the 512 sticks are 4200 and i bought 2x1gb of 5300 would that cause any performance problems or would i be better off getting 2x2gb of 5300 and taking out what is in there
     
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    Mixing different speeds of RAM will use the slowest speed.
    RAM is cheap,... just buy new ones and keep the old for backup.
     
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    Buy new ones.
     
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    all memory installed should match.
     

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