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Windows 7: what is the best OS for gaming on this rig?

18 Nov 2012   #1
Chalky Emultion

what is the best OS for gaming on this rig?

today I'm going to re-install Windows on my second pc. It has got:

- Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 @1.86 GHz
- 3 GB DDR2 Dual-Channel @667 MHz
- Asus P5LP-LE motherboard
- Ati Radeon HD 4870 X2 (actually using only 1 core)
- 600W PSU
- 300 GB Hard Drive @7200 rpm
- Windows 7 Professional 32 bit

my question is: what is the best OS for gaming on this pc? My choiches are:

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
Windows XP Professional 32 bit
Windows XP Professional 64 bit

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18 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


It depends entirely on the games - they need to be compatible with the OS. As a rule of thumb, I would recommend Windows 7 32 bit because:

  • you only have 3GB RAM (64 bit won't give you any more benefit)
  • Windows 7 will allow you to run many applications under compatibility mode
Again, check the specific game requirements - they ultimately dictate the OS used.

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18 Nov 2012   #3
Chalky Emultion


In terms of performance, is Windows 7 faster than Windows XP?
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18 Nov 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

It depends on the game, and hardware, but in general terms...yes.
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19 Nov 2012   #5
Chalky Emultion


ok, thank you. I installed Windows 7 32bit again :)
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19 Nov 2012   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Can you upgrade your memory ? Will you max out your memory in the future ?

I would reinstall 64 bit b4 you go installing all your programs and games.

4 gigs max, I would still install 64 bit.
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19 Nov 2012   #7

XP Professional 32 Bit

Windows 7 OS has better CPU usage and efficiency in terms of processing.

With multiple core cpu's Windows 7 and upper is recommended.
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19 Nov 2012   #8

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional / Windows 7 Professional

Stick to 32bit.
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19 Nov 2012   #9
Chalky Emultion


I actually have 3GB of RAM, and the max I can use on this motherboard are 4 GB... But I'm not going to upgrade this pc anymore :)
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