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No, adding more RAM will not give you more space on your hard drive.

3GB free space on your hard drive is well into the "danger zone" of trouble. Mac OS X needs a fair amount of temporary space to work with, I would recommend leaving no less than 6GB available at all times (10GB would be better).

What you need is both more RAM (512MB is just not a serious amount these days, go ahead and max it out, its cheap) and a larger internal hard drive (or more of your stuff offloaded to an external). Having more RAM will make for a faster and smoother overall experience, particularly when doing things like playing games, using the internet or working with graphics or video.

The good news is that both RAM and HDs for are super-cheap these days. I would suggest getting at least 1GB additional RAM, and at least a 250GB drive (you'll be hard pressed to find anything smaller these days anyway!). Installing the drive may need to be done by a tech depending on exactly what model you have, I recall the PB G4s as a right pain to swap out the hard drives on.
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