Which OS is better for my system, Win 7 64 or 32bit?

I am planning to buy this computer, and I cannot decide whether I shall get Win 7 64bit or 32bit with it. And more generally, do I need win 6 64 bit at all?
Also, any general thoughts about this configuration? Anything looking weird/needs upgrading/downgrading?
I am a gamer (20 hours a week; Stalker, Starcraft, Farcry, DeadSpace etc), occasionally run Photoshop, Sony Vegas, ArcGIS, and AutoCAD.

# CAS: * CoolerMaster 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower Gaming Case
# CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-950 3.06 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
# FAN: Asetek 550LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Advanced Cooling Performance Extreme Silent at 20dBA) [ 18]
# HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
# MEMORY: Kingston Hyper-X 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1800MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [ 27]
# MOTHERBOARD: * (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra Durable™3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 Dolby Audio, eSATA, GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, IEEE1394a, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
# POWERSUPPLY: * 850 Watts - Corsair CMPSU-850TX 80 Plus Power
# VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card
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More about which system 32bit
  1. Why bother to buy 6GB of memory and then install 32-bit Windows which will only see 3-3.5GB of it? Go for 64-bit.
  2. ^+1. I find it really funny people still consider 32bit an I hate Microsoft for not killing (native) 32 bit Win 7. They already killed off 32bit Server 08 R2 so may as well do it for the consumer line.

    @OP: Go 64 bit.
  3. Great, thanks :)
    Any comments on my system though
    (may be I need to post it elsewhere...)
  4. Check out this site. It should be able to answer your questions and give you some great information on 32-bit vs 64-bit.


    I hope this helps!

    Brett M,
    Windows Outreach Team
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    Any comments on my system though
    (may be I need to post it elsewhere...)

    Good system, but I don't recommend the Asetek 550LC as it is outperformed by normal air coolers and there are reports of it leaking.

    I'm assuming you didn't just buy this as this would be out dated in a few months with the release of Sandy Bridge. If you couldn't wait until then, it's a fine system for now.
  6. Quote:
    And more generally, do I need win 6 64 bit at all?

    *smart-@zz tone* There's a window 6? D:!!

    lol, just go with 64bit. no need for 32bit. Ever. =P
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