Where memory was once a no-brainer (70 nsec parity RAM used to be the norm), you now have to look closely at your choice of RAM. I would suggest you get twice what the "normal" amount of RAM is, and get it in a denser package (buy two 16 MB SIMM's instead of four 8 MB SIMM's). So, while 16 MB seems to be the norm, get 32 MB.
Buy the high-speed RAM. EDO is the norm, and SDRAM will likely be the next standard.
FPM RAM should not be used unless you have a lot of it sitting around from an old system. But if you have the FPM RAM, you may be doing yourself a favor by getting rid of it now. Soon, FPM RAM will be practically worthless, as future systems may no longer support it.
Trade it in now to a used memory reseller, or at least have them resolder it into a denser package. Often it is the same price or a few bucks more, and it could end up being more valuable.
Many people on Usenet rave about 45, 50, or 60 nsec EDO RAM. When buying RAM, ask how much it is for the next faster speed of RAM.
When buying RAM, ask for a warranty, and ask who makes the chips.
In Windows NT, you can never have too much memory - I recommend 64 MB. 32 MB is minimal for NTWS.
In Windows 95, I recommend 24 to 48 MB.
Why gold-plated SIMM's are better: Gold is not the best conductor, (silver is), so why use gold? The answer is two-fold.
SIMM's have the following drawbacks: