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Windows 7: which is better for gaming 32 bit or 64 bit


18 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
which is better for gaming 32 bit or 64 bit

Hi, I have 4 gb DDR2 RAM(800Mhz),Intel Core 2 duo 2.66Ghz,2.67 Ghz CPU(X86),1 gb Nvidia Geforce 210 GPU,previously i was using windows 7(32 bit) when i used to have 2gb ram, but when i increased my ram to 4gb it did not detect it.It only read 2.75 gb.so i switched back to windows xp professional(32 bit).but the result is the same.i want my ram not to be wasted... I want to access full 4gb of it and want to have best and smooth gaming performance out of my present pc configuration that i mentioned... So should i install Windows 7 (64 bit)?? will it work on my X86 cpu and serve my purpose??if not then what is the alternative solution? I'm confused.. Plz give me proper advice.....
,regards..........


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18 Aug 2012   #2

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MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Your cpu is 64bit compatible and will benefit with 4GB or more memory. Some older games don't utilize the 64bit cpu, Most modern ones do.

If you fill in your system specs we can help you why your memory is not showing all 4GBs

Thanks
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18 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

My system specs are

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation

System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model G31M-S2L
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel ~2666 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. F7C, 7/30/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.4

Total Physical Memory 4,096.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 2.40 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 4.59 GB

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 duo E7300 @ 2.66GHz,2.67Ghz
GPU: 1GB Nvidia Geforce 210
RAM: 2 X 2GB DDR2(800 PC),Dual channel Interleaved
HArd Disk: 250 Gb SAT install Windows 7 (64 bit)

Can I install Windows 7(64 bit)? will my cpu perform smoothly or may i have some problems?can i get best gaming performance out of my present pc configuration by installing windows 7(64 bit)?
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19 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

64bit because you have 4gbs of ram and will be able to use more mem.Also go to the start bar and type msconfig and press enter. When in msconfig click on the tab called boot then advanced options below. Then tick the box called maximum memory and it should read all of it then save it and reboot. For four gbs of ram it should say 4096 after you tick the box maximum memory or type in the number into that area and when done click apply. Also check in the bios to make sure your motherboard is reading all the memory and make sure your mobo supports more then 2gbs of ram.When you right click my computer then go to properties it should say 4.00gb of ram installed.


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19 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Actually Windows 7 32Bit is 3.75GB usable if you are down to 2.60GB usable then either your graphics needed some or it is allocated and saved because you don't need that much to run what you do

Windows 7 64 bit will truly let you use all your ram unless you don't have a dedicated GPU which the ram will be used more to make up for the lack of power that a deducated gpu would bring

The best way to first find out what is going on with your ram is to bring up Process from, Task manager click performance then resource monitor

it should look like this

Basicly showing where your ram is going and why it is behaving that way
doing above advice does work in some cases but ..............most of us have it unchecked to utalize more ram

I would say do this first and see how your ram is being used then from there you can proceed to what you feel is right


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19 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I agree with Solarstarshines.

Besides I’ve always disagreed with this tip



because it’s mainly for testing purposes and Windows does a pretty good job of managing the memory on its own without that box checked.

And a 64-bit OS will see all the RAM you have installed anyway, a 32-bit OS is basically 3.5gig or less memory limited (if you count the video card(s)) so checking the box there won't magically give you "more" RAM.

So unless you want to "limit" the amount of RAM used by the system, mainly the 64-bit OS, there’s no need in checking that box.

BOOT Advanced Options
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ml#post1976821
Only 2.93Gb usable of my 4Gb RAM?

My two cents.
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19 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It IS possible to make 32 bits OSs to recognize up to 64GB RAM, but it's not easy at all, and Windows 7 has this option blocked by default. After Googling a lot, I once managed to make that work once, a few years back. Look for something to enable PAE mode in 32 bits system and that does the trick.

All games I know are x86 and will not profit anything from being on a x64 Windows. You may see a performance improvement if you use specifically made x64 programs. So, if the computer will serve only and exclusively for gaming purposes, I would stick to 32 bits OS, else go for 64 bits.
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19 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
It IS possible to make 32 bits OSs to recognize up to 64GB RAM, but it's not easy at all, and Windows 7 has this option blocked by default. After Googling a lot, I once managed to make that work once, a few years back. Look for something to enable PAE mode in 32 bits system and that does the trick.
While it is theoretically possibly to do, it’s not necessarily worth the headache of trying to accomplish it for such a small gain. Point being if it was easy, and worth it, everyone would be doing it, and not going with a 64-bit OS.

At any rate that can be debated for another thread as it’s not applicable here.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
All games I know are x86 and will not profit anything from being on a x64 Windows. You may see a performance improvement if you use specifically made x64 programs. So, if the computer will serve only and exclusively for gaming purposes, I would stick to 32 bits OS, else go for 64 bits.
Most games today are optimized to run on a 64-bit OS and some games, even older ones like Far Cry (the first one) will have a dedicated 64-bit exe file for running the game on a 64-bit OS. Crysis (the first one) and Crysis Warhead also have 64-bit exe files.

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The other reason to run games on a 64-bit OS is of course the the RAM, the more, the better. As stated 32-bit OS is basically limited to 3.5gig. ANd more and more games are requiring at least 4 gig of RAM to run in fully optimized with all the bells and whistles.

Skyrim and Dragon Age 2 for example state 4gig of RAM to run the enhanched graphics package that you can download.

Bottom line: A lot of games will be made to run on a 64-bit OS because it's the dominant OS out, plus the fact that it can run more RAM.


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19 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1
 
 

I had a similar problem with Half-Life HD and Skyrim, on 32bit with 3gb ram when playing those games with the HD packs would always crash, built a 64bit (new system) with 8gb ram, now problems now.
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19 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I agree with Solarstarshines.

Besides I’ve always disagreed with this tip



because it’s mainly for testing purposes and Windows does a pretty good job of managing the memory on its own without that box checked.

And a 64-bit OS will see all the RAM you have installed anyway, a 32-bit OS is basically 3.5gig or less memory limited (if you count the video card(s)) so checking the box there won't magically give you "more" RAM.

So unless you want to "limit" the amount of RAM used by the system, mainly the 64-bit OS, there’s no need in checking that box.

BOOT Advanced Options
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ml#post1976821
Only 2.93Gb usable of my 4Gb RAM?

My two cents.
Yes but it could be that it has marked for 2gbs when indeed he has 4gbs of ram. So that is a easy way to get windows to see all the ram if windows by default doesn't see it. I have mine unchecked and it sees all my 4gbs of ram but I have seen folks computers were it was set to say 1 or 2gb of ram but they had 4 or more and manually setting it or un-ticking the box would show all their available memory after a reboot.Also the tip was for when he installed the win 7 64bit OS which he said was not seeing all his memory so he reverted back to win xp 32bit if you read the ops post.
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