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Windows 7: Would I benifit in going from 3gb to 4gb ram?

26 Aug 2011   #1
the prestige

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
Would I benifit in going from 3gb to 4gb ram?




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26 Aug 2011   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If Compaq says that the max is 3Gb, I'd go with what they say since it's their product.
Unless you're using programs that will benefit from a 64 bit OS, you might as well stay with 32 bit.
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26 Aug 2011   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Heres how you can tell whether the processor is 64 bit capable.

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To run a 64-bit version of Windows, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. To find out if your processor is 64-bit-capable, do the following:
  1. Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.
  2. Click View and print details.
  3. In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type. Under 64-bit capable, you can see whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)
Whether you actually need 64 bit is a separate question. Theres no performance gain if thats what you're looking for, the main reason people switch to 64 bit is to be able to utilize 4 gigs ram. Right click on the task bar, click Start Task manager, click Performance tab, then look at the green memory bar chart. That shows how much memory the system is consuming right now. If it is well below your installed RAM and assuming that you're not suddenly going to install aseveral memory hogging programs, you should continue with 32 bit and 3 gigs RAM IMO.
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27 Aug 2011   #4
the prestige

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Heres how you can tell whether the processor is 64 bit capable.

Quote:
To run a 64-bit version of Windows, your computer must have a 64-bit-capable processor. To find out if your processor is 64-bit-capable, do the following:
  1. Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.
  2. Click View and print details.
  3. In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type. Under 64-bit capable, you can see whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows. (If your computer is already running a 64-bit version of Windows, you won't see the 64-bit capable listing.)
Whether you actually need 64 bit is a separate question. Theres no performance gain if thats what you're looking for, the main reason people switch to 64 bit is to be able to utilize 4 gigs ram. Right click on the task bar, click Start Task manager, click Performance tab, then look at the green memory bar chart. That shows how much memory the system is consuming right now. If it is well below your installed RAM and assuming that you're not suddenly going to install aseveral memory hogging programs, you should continue with 32 bit and 3 gigs RAM IMO.
I hit about 70% ish with certain programs.
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27 Aug 2011   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

70ish isnt too bad, if the machine gets sluggish try trimming some of those apps. With a notebook one doesnt have much leeway, I would also go ny the manufacturer's specs regarding max memory.
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