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My system is pretty much on the verge in terms of performance between 64bit and 32bit, which should I pick?

Last response: in Windows 7
December 5, 2013 5:46:42 AM

I have a ASRock Mother Board, G31M-GS or G31M-S (can't remember, but both are almost the same for that matter- LGA 775, DDRII, PCIEX16, SATAII)
Gigabyte GeForce 7300GS (256MB DDRII PCIE),
3GB (2+1) 800Mhz DDRII RAM .
I want to install Windows 7 Ultimate, the problem is that I don't know which I should install- 32bit or 64?

Is it a good idea to install windows or should I just stick with 32?
Will it help my performance, reduce it or leave it without noticable change?
What variables am I suppose to look at?

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a c 229 $ Windows 7
December 5, 2013 5:51:10 AM

I'm running an older LGA-775 motherboard with win 7 64 bit. As long as you can find device drivers for all your hardware, go 64 bit. You will be able to upgrade to 4+ GB of ram although DDR2 ram may be hard to find or expensive now.
a b $ Windows 7
December 5, 2013 5:53:24 AM

you need 64bits only for more then 4gb of ram. you're ok with the 32bits version.
a b $ Windows 7
December 5, 2013 6:04:20 AM

It depends on the requirements of the software you run. Some newer software will not run on a 32-bit OS. But most 32-bit software will run on a 64-bit system. With Windows Ultimate 64-bit, you can even install 32-bit virtual PC running in XP mode (if your particular processor supports virtualization) to run any software that requires 32-bit on Windows XP and won't run on a 64-bit OS.

I'd go 64-bit unless you have specific hardware or software requiring you to stay in the world of 32-bit.