Hey guys, so I recently topped out my computer ram to 2.5GB. I'm using windows 7 32-bit OS right now and it is running great. My computer has a 64-bit processor so I am able to get win 7 64-bit. My question is, since I only have 2.5GB of ram should I bother upgrading to windows 7 64-bit? Or just stick with the 32-bit edition?
System Manufacturer/Model Number benchtec, built to personal specs OS 64-Bit Windows7 Ult-SP1 CPU i7-965 Extreme Edition (8 Cores) at 3.3GHz (no OC) Motherboard BloodRage QuantumForce X58 (Socket1366) Memory 6G Corsair Dominator DDR3 - tripled Graphics Card 2xMSI AMD6870's in crossfire Sound Card Sonar(SB)X-Fi onboard Monitor(s) Displays SyncMaster P2050 20" Screen Resolution 1600x900 (widescreen)
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System Manufacturer/Model Number Over Clockers Ultima Viper 2.80Ghz OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1 CPU Intel Core i7 930 2.80Ghz Bloomfield Socket LGA 1366 Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Socket 1366 DDR3 Memory Patriot Viper 6GB 3x2GB DDR3 PC3-1200C9 1600Mhz Tri Channel Graphics Card Asus ATI Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1024MB GDDR5 PCI Express Sound Card Realtek ALC889 @ Intel 82801JB ICH10 - High Definition Audio Monitor(s) Displays Samsung SyncMaster 920N 19" Screen Resolution 1280*1024
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1 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache
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Yes, stick with 32-bit. 32-bit can address up to 4GB of memory total, but you lose a bit for video cards, etc. So, theoretically you get about 3.5GB. So, unless you have 4GB and need access to all 4GB, there is no great benefit to using 64-bit.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Self-Built in July 2009 OS Windows 7 Ultimate x64 CPU Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS Memory 8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings Graphics Card EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570 Sound Card Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio Monitor(s) Displays 23" Acer x233H Screen Resolution 1920x1080
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Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS Internet Speed 15/2 cable modem Other Info Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.
System Manufacturer/Model Number Custom Built OS Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Overclocked to 3.0Ghz Motherboard Biostar TF560 A2+ Memory 2 Gigs of G.Skill DDR2 800 Graphics Card HIS ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro With IceQ cooler Sound Card 6.1 Channel Sound Blaster Live 24 Bit Monitor(s) Displays Dual 20.5 " LG Flatrons W2052TO Screen Resolution 1152x864
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You're not missing anything yet, there are still very few true 64 bit programs or applications.
I'm running Win. 7 64 with 8 gigs of ram and it only benefits me when doing heavy graphics editing or gaming and I do little of that these days.
System Manufacturer/Model Number home built OS Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit CPU 3.30 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Motherboard ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A79XTD EVO Rev X.0X Memory 8 gigs DDR3 Graphics Card ATI Radeon HD 5670 Sound Card Intel onboard Monitor(s) Displays Acer 24" Screen Resolution 1680x1050
Mouse Microsoft natural wireless 6000 series PSU 750 watt Cooling ASUS Silent Square CPU Cooler Hard Drives Seagate 1 teabyte
Maxtor 500 gig
Seagate 750 gig
Thanks, this forum is awesome. I'm totally loving my laptop again now (it is 3 years old). I was running XP Media Center and it was going really slow, so I did the upgrade to 7 and it completely deleted everything from my Hard Drive (which was good cause it's like a fresh start) and I just upgraded my ram from 1GB to 2.5GB so everything is running great. Also have a partition running Linux Ubuntu 9.10. Love it Thanks again guys