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Which version to buy? Need to optimize for gaming! 64 or 32 bit?

Here are my computer specs.


CPU - Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3 GHz (3.7 w/TB) Quad-Core
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Motherboard - MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) LGA 1155
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RAM - G.Skill Ripjaws X 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 @ 1333 MHz CL9
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Video Card - XFX Radeon HD 6950 ZNFC
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Storage - Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB @ 7200 RPM
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Optical Drive - ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD Burner
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PSU - XFX PRO750W XXX Edition Semi-Modular
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Will 32 bit recognize everything? Should I go Home? Basic? Ultimate?
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  1. All versions of 32-bit Windows 7 can only support up to 4GB of RAM, other than starter which supports only 2GB.
    Home Basic 64-bit Windows 7 can support up to 8GB RAM.

    More info here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778(v=vs.85).aspx#physical_memory_limits_windows_7
  2. Would I benefit with anything else by going 64 bit even though 32 bit can support my RAM?


    Is it more optimized? Better for gaming or anything like that?
  3. 32 bit will only see about 3.25 gigs of ram,go 64 bit so you can upgrade the ram later !
  4. Ok I will go 64 bit, but which version of Windows 7?
  5. kobe24life said:
    Would I benefit with anything else by going 64 bit even though 32 bit can support my RAM?
    Is it more optimized? Better for gaming or anything like that?

    Well actually, 32-bit Windows 7 uses less than 4GB of RAM, more like 3.5GB by some estimates. 64-bit will be able to use all of it.
    And if you ever want to add more RAM, 64-bit will be able to support it.

    And also, 64-bit Windows 7 handles memory more effectively than its 32-bit cousin. At least, that's what Microsoft says.
  6. Windows 7 Home 64 bit is good for most people !
  7. kobe24life said:
    Ok I will go 64 bit, but which version of Windows 7?

    It depends on what features of Windows 7 you want or need.
    Comparison chart here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Comparison_chart

    As a side note: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and upwards supports 192GB of RAM. But seriously, who the hell needs that much?
  8. Windows 7 pro and ultimate have Xp Mode that you can download !
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode
  9. If I wanted to strictly game and nothing else on this PC, which will give me all the performance and nothing else?
  10. Best answer
    Go with Home Premium 64 BIT !

    :hello:
  11. Thanks! I was leaning towards that too.
  12. Best answer selected by kobe24life.
  13. Your Welcome ! Let us know how it runs !

    Thanks for using the Forum !
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