And yes, I know ram installation hardly constitutes a project, but being a man I have a very sensitive ego, so let me bask in my small victory.
I had always thought it strange that my old 800mhz (which had 512mb of ram) could out performer her 1.8ghz system in a variety of areas.
I do vagually remember telling her I would upgrade it later when she purchased it.
Well mystery solved.
Now she has no excuse not to update her Facebook status.