32-bit or 64-bit

I have a unit with:

Processor: Intel i3-330M (2.13 GHz)
RAM: 4GB DDR3

I want to install Windows 7 but I can't decide whether to install a 32-bit Windows 7 or a 64-bit Windows 7.

Basically, I'm gonna use it for programming and graphics designing.
Also gonna play some games on it, sometimes.

I have read that the main difference of a 32-bit and 64-bit OS is that:
"The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of RAM more effectively than a 32-bit system which in that case is 4GB RAM for 32-bit OS. Also, 64-bit Windows can process faster than a 32-bit Windows"

I also read this: "With 64-bit, 4GB of RAM is the new minimum standard, and with 4GB, you can run tons of applications with zero slowdown."

Some says that there's no reason to not go for a 64-bit OS.
I'm quite worried about that because I think some programming softwares can function better in 32-bit OS.

I'm really confused.
Should I go for 32-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 7?
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  1. GO with 64 bit it is the now 32 bit is tthe past!
  2. As noted, the general consensus seems to have most people leaning towards 64 bit. If you're still uncertain, there's an FAQ on the Windows 7 site that you might want to check out: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-windows-frequently-asked-questions

    -- Ryan
    Windows Outreach Team
  3. I'm not just going for a 64-bit OS because everyone is leaning towards that direction.
    I want a clarification so that I could MAXIMIZE the use of my PC.
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