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RAM upgrade on Packard Bell Columbia mainboard

I have an old Packard Bell PC (I Connect M 3040 modell) with (OS) Windows XP HE, Celeron 2.0 GHz (CPU) and Packard Bell Columbia motherboard (it is modified Gigabyte GA-8SIML modell > which - acc. to Packard Bell - supports only up to 512 MB DDR RAM (2 x 256 MB, 2 slots). I must add that in user's manual of Gigabyte GA-8SIML mb it is said that the mainboard supports up to 2 GB RAM (2 x 1 GB) but particular computer makers can limit this size acc. to their needs. I would like to ask for advice on whether it is acceptable and makes sense to upgrade RAM on the mentioned motherboard up to 1 GB (2x512 MB) or 2 GB (2x1GB), because if only because of the Internet Security Package requirements (eg, Bitdefender Internet Security 2013) 512 MB of RAM is not enough for good work of the computer. Thank you very much in advance for your answers.

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