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That much RAM should be plenty for any distro. (I presume some was added after the PC was made).
I'm not sure about the sound. You made find it a case of trying distros until you find one that gives working sound.
You could try Vector Linux Light. Not the easiest of installations, though not involved either. (You'll need to know about partitioning). But it runs very well on old hardware and includes good configuration tools.
have a look at xfce as a DE instead of gnome or KDE. This may speed things up a bit. However with what RAM you have, you shouldn't have any problems running any distro. Just remember that with a 450 MHz PC, things ARE going to be slow no matter what you run. Linux has become a very modern OS and to run all the bells and whistles that are offered will probably need a faster CPU... Yes Linux can run just fine on a 486, but having it run a modern gnome desktop is probably out of the question So keep in mind what specs you have and adjust as needed. If you still have ubuntu installed