OK, so I don't keep up with all the "latest" hardware things happening (or even those that have happened). My old PC3200 memory has been causing me problems and I thought I'd buy more. Sticker shock is a good way to describe what happened when I tried to do this.
Soooooo, I decided now is a good time to buy a new mobo and CPU and maybe about 8 gigs of RAM. Now, with all the other questions I'm wrestling with (ie: what kind of board, what kind of processor, etc.) I wonder how much memory PCLOS can handle. I understand that 32 bit Windows has limitations but is that because it's 32 bit or because it's Windows? Can I just load up PCLOS with 8 or 16 gigs of ram?
Windows is limited because MS decided not to make their pae kernel available to Desktop users. They did make it available to others ..... such as those running their server OS.
That meant those who had it could use up to 64GB memory, IIRC.
Similarly with PCLOS .... except it is freely available.
You just need to install the pae kernel through Synaptic to get the benefit of your 8GB or 16GB ram or most of it anyway. Their is a bigger overhead I believe when using the pae kernel, but nothing to be concerned about.
I would advise that you search for combination deals, if you intend to keep your present case.
That way the motherboard, CPU and memory are guanteed to be happy with each other.
Also they can work out cheaper.
There is at least one company which supports PCLOS which could maybe help ...... their advert should be on the front page I think.