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W7pro x64 ( 2 gigs ram, E6700, and 40gb SSD ) Specs good enough?

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September 28, 2010 3:53:39 AM

Hello all,

This is a very easy question for you seasoned W7 users.

I have a Core 2 Duo E6700 ( which I can overclock... but havent )
corsair 2 gig of ram.
Intel 40gb SSD hard drive. ( and two SATA drives 160gb respectively )
and 8800 gts... ( which I may upgrade, but I dont play that many games )

is this enough to run W7 pro x64? or should I lean back and get x86.

I just want my OS to run smooth and fast( the SSD helped a lot with that ), and yes I will mostly likely upgrade my processor and add more ram in the future.

I've used XP since it came out, and things have been great but driver support is becoming limited, and my audio recording needs and sound cards are being denied. I used my PC mostly for the Adobe creative suite, to record and produce music, occasional web browsing, and general foolishness.



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September 28, 2010 4:48:17 AM

The main reason for running 64 bit OS is so you can utilize more than 3.25GB of ram. You say you'll be upgrading to more ram, I would definitely do that if you install 64bit.
The biggest drawback I have seen is 64bit CD/DVD burning software is lacking unless you purchase such a program. I do not care for win7's burning tools. If you can get Nero 9 with the purchase of a dvd burner, I would definitely go for that.

Yes, you will have no problems with any features of WIN7. I'd say you're set.
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September 28, 2010 6:45:52 AM

CD/DVD burning works just fine for me with no extras other than ImgBurn. I certainly wouldn't let that determine the choice between 32- and 64-bit.
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September 28, 2010 1:51:41 PM

Bump up your ram to 4gb, It'd be worth it. If ya dont play games that much a new GPU might not be worth it.
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a b $ Windows 7
September 28, 2010 9:19:47 PM

4GB(2x2GB) RAM at least. and other posters are correct about Win7 burning, no good.
make sure you RAM is in dual channel mode for optimal performance.
i actually prefer 6GB with my 64-bit..
@collie147 - good points..
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September 29, 2010 12:27:16 AM

but 4gb isnt 'necessary' is it?

cause i wont be able to get more ram atleast for a few more weeks.

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a b $ Windows 7
September 29, 2010 12:45:56 AM

I'd say it is. 2GB on any system but especially a 64-bit is crippling..
if anything bro if your going to stay at 2GB then stay with 32-bit OS period...
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September 29, 2010 8:09:17 PM

I just installed W7 64 bit...

and at 2gigs of ram it still flies. :bounce: 

thanks all

- Kalypso

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