Just to chime in here, my new PCLinuxOS system came with 4 gigs of RAM. My older system ran with only 1 gig a RAM. I see a huge difference! I run WinXP in VirtualBox and am so a very happy that I have the extra memory. WinXP in VB runs FASTER than Windows XP on its own Hard Drive.
Get the extra memory and get a Video Card with about 1 gig, as well. The video card and extra memory make a big performance difference. When I first booted the new system, the NVidia drivers were not installed. Things ran fast, but desktop effects, etc. were not present. The screen rez wasn't all that great, either. As soon as I installed the NVidia driver and configured my flat panel in PCC, WOW! KDE4, everything just came to life!