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March 26, 2012 12:07:40 PM

hi all i have a question
i have been using
xfx 750i extreme edition
2gb ram :D 
gtx 460
500gb HDD
and other stuff


so now i have upgraded ram to 4 gigs

32 bit (win 7) can only use 3 gigs of ram

so the question is should i switch to 64 bit OS (win 7) will i see any significant increase in performance or i m better staying with 32 bit os
i just use this PC for gaming

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March 26, 2012 12:19:09 PM

For 4 gigs or less, 32 bit is fine. Anything over 4 gig requires a 64 bit OS too be able to use more than 4 gig.
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March 26, 2012 12:27:48 PM

will i see any significant difference if i upgrade the OS to 64 bit
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March 26, 2012 12:40:33 PM

^ Doubtful, although you will also be able to run 64 bit programs also. Also, if you plan on upgrading at some time, be sure to run the upgrade advisor. It can tell you which hardware/software may be incompatible as 64 bit windows requires 64 bit device drivers. So, if your printer manufacturer doesn't provide a 64 bit printer driver, you will be unable to use that printer with 64 bit windows.

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=20
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March 26, 2012 1:21:06 PM

64-bit OS (windows) can offer additional performance for 64-bit-compiled apps regardless of RAM (think video encoding, photo processing, compiling, anything with number-crunching). But 64-bit windows apps are scarce. Even the enumerated categories have apps which lack 64-bit editions.

I would sugest you hold off your 64-bit exchange if your system is running well and change it only when your current install show problems. Also as hawkeye22 said, check your devices for 64-bit drivers.
The benefit of accessing the whole 4GB or RAM is too small comparing to time spent reinstalling with all existing apps.
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March 26, 2012 3:30:59 PM

Best answer selected by IROC_69.
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March 26, 2012 3:33:11 PM

hummm i think i m better of making 64 bit OS as my primary OS

will install it sometime latter on any other drive just to cheak the results
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