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Windows 7: 64- or 32- bit with 4gb RAM on CoreI5?

View Poll Results: Would you use 32- or 64-bit on 4gb RAM?
32-bit 6 15.79%
64-bit 31 81.58%
Both 32-bit and 64-bit 1 2.63%
Voters: 38. You may not vote on this poll

14 May 2012   #11
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit

I used the 64bit for about 6 months with 4GB of ram with no issues. Very seldom came close to using all 4GB.

Ram prices dropped last year to less than half what I paid for the original 4GB. I added 4GB more of matching for total of 8GB.
Even though RAM was not an issue I figured why not while matching RAM was available.
Future proof it for $50.
I have never been able to tell the difference.

Memsat scores went up some but not a lot.
I have tried maxing it out with apps running. If memory serves I did manage to get between 4-5GB actually in use.

So 4GB was sufficient for my system. Occasionally the 8GB might be an advantage.

The SSD was the real giant killer.

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14 May 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I use 4 GB as my line. 2 or 3 GB gets x86. 4 GB and above gets x64.
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14 May 2012   #13

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

To me there is more to it than just the amount of RAM installed. If you have a video card with its own dedicated onboard RAM and 4 gigs of system RAM, I'd want to go 64 bit to make the most use out of it. I went 64 bit on all my systems. The only one I consider questionable is my laptop that only has 3 gigs or RAM and an onboard video that uses some of that. I've been using it for a while, and I am tempted to go 32 bit on it when it needs a reinstall, just to see it there is any noticeable difference in performance. I was going to bump the RAM up to its 4 gig max but haven't gotten a round toit.
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14 May 2012   #14

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

I have used both 32 bit and 64 bit windows and both were equally good at 4GB RAM. Opting for 64 bit is to make the system future proof as any new applications which might be only 64 bit will run on 64 bit but not on 32 bit OS. And any 32 bit application can be mostly run on 32 bit and 64 bit systems. The future is for the 64 bit applications and slowly the 32 bit applications disappear from market like the 16 bit apps.

The second reason is that the RAM prices are decreasing compared to earlier and with a 64 bit OS, I can add more RAM (upto the maximum that the hardware allows me). With 32 bit OS there is no point in increasing RAM beyond 4 GB.
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15 May 2012   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

I finally found this article in the depths of my bookmarks. It explains the benefit of 64 bit architecture beyond the RAM consideration:
64-bit: More than just the RAM |

The article is old, but still relevant.
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15 May 2012   #16

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

It may be a bit old but it was still a good read. I'll bookmark that for sure. :)
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15 May 2012   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)

I use the 64-bit everything. Basically, I figure that since my processor is 64 bit - as are most of the recently produced Intel chips - why limit myself with the 32-bit OS?

I agree, that for the proverbial "average everyday use" there is no difference at all between 64-bit and 32-bit Windows, as long as the hardware supports both. So, with 4 GB RAM you could use either and if your computing needs comprise email, internet, occasional Word document, some movies, and maybe a simple game or two, then you could go either way. I would even say that for these purposes you don't need to upgrade neither software nor hardware (in fact, I still own a Pentium III system running Windows 2000 which is perfectly capable of the above tasks).

Now, if your needs are "above average", then your needs will dictate the choice of your system (or systems) and the original question becomes basically moot. Do you perform memory-intensive calculations? Do you use Photoshop? Do you deal with massive Excel worksheets? The list of tasks where 64-bit computing provide clear advantage is rather large. What matters is what your particular needs are.

On the other hand, given that both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are available, both are compatible with modern hardware, both can run almost any existing software, and there is no difference in costs, I really see no reason to stick with the 32-bit systems, unless you have to run some old 16-bit code, which will not run at all on the 64-bit Windows. But this is again the same point - your choice of the system is determined by your needs. The PC is a tool, not a fashion statement.
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15 May 2012   #18
Microsoft MVP


I went 64-bit on my latest 4gb Core I5 install and see some hang in Quickbooks loading. I edited the Visual Effects of animation, sliding, fading, dragging intact which always seems to help a tad in low-ram situations.

The solution is likely a RAM upgrade to keep pace with the processor - which is the nagging suspicion about all of these 4gb 64 bit factory preinstalls.

Thanks, all. Keep the feedback coming for google.
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16 May 2012   #19

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Don't discount the possibility that the lag is due to just poorly written software by Intuit.

I run Quickbooks Pro 2007 on 3 machines: A P4 on XP w/1GB, a P4 on W7 32 bit w/2GB, and an i7 on W7 64 bit w/6GB and it loads slow on all 3 machines. Damned if I can notice much of a difference. It just takes it's own sweet time.
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