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4GB on a 32-bit OS vs 4GB on 64-bit OS

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November 23, 2008 5:19:24 PM

ok lets say i buy 4GB ( 2x1GB) and i put it in my pc with my vista home basic. ( 32 bit )
should i do that or would i get a SIGNIFICANT performance using 4GB in a 64 bit O/S?
i read the other post about this and i didn't understand it. could someone explain it to me
the easy way? and if i plan on gaming would i be better off with 64 or 32bit? using 4 GB of ram

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November 23, 2008 5:25:53 PM

if you don't have any old devices and old applications that you use, i suggest going to 64 bit.
if you do have, 64 bit is not worth the hassle.
32 bit vista can see memory up to 3.5 GB.
November 23, 2008 5:28:12 PM

2x1gb =/= 4gb, thats basic math dude

with 32-bit OS, you'll only register like 3.5gb of ram. so half a gb is useless

with 64-bit OS, you can max out at like 128gb of ram. theres always room for more ram -_-

and as far as im concerned, 64-bit is becoming more mainstream, and should really expand with multi core processors and such that are the norm now
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November 23, 2008 5:41:58 PM

More memory = less time spent accessing the HDD

^_^

I love my 8gb in Vista 64bit

-PM
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November 23, 2008 6:08:09 PM

There will not be a significant difference in performance with 4gb under either 32bit or 64 bit operation.
However, for $10, microsoft will send you the 64 bit DVD.
You will get a more secure OS that can take advantage of more ram.
Also, get that 4gb in a 2x2gb kit. It preserves your option to go to 8gb. and two sticls are easier to overclock than 4.
November 23, 2008 6:09:08 PM

Hasn't this been covered if you search "2gb vs 4gb vista"?
November 23, 2008 6:25:45 PM

geofelt said:
There will not be a significant difference in performance with 4gb under either 32bit or 64 bit operation.
However, for $10, microsoft will send you the 64 bit DVD.
You will get a more secure OS that can take advantage of more ram.
Also, get that 4gb in a 2x2gb kit. It preserves your option to go to 8gb. and two sticls are easier to overclock than 4.



10 bucks? wait are u serious? can you tell me how to do that? and where to order it from?
November 23, 2008 6:55:17 PM

correction there, not necessarily vista ultimate. i meant, full retail version of vista.
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November 23, 2008 7:00:53 PM

zodiacfml said:
correction there, not necessarily vista ultimate. i meant, full retail version of vista.

Also applies to the the upgrade version which is considered retail. It costs about the same as OEM. There is a legitimate procedure for installing an upgrade version on a new machine.
November 23, 2008 7:24:19 PM

I wouldn't run Vista 32 bit in my system even if I had 4GB of RAM installed (so it would be seeing a little over 3GB of that, including the video card's memory as well I believe). Vista loves ram, I would only use it with the 64-bit version and 4Gb otherwise I'd use XP 32-bit.
November 27, 2008 9:16:45 AM

jevon said:
I wouldn't run Vista 32 bit in my system even if I had 4GB of RAM installed (so it would be seeing a little over 3GB of that, including the video card's memory as well I believe). Vista loves ram, I would only use it with the 64-bit version and 4Gb otherwise I'd use XP 32-bit.


For whatever its worth I noticed a huge increase in performance for FSX when I went from 2GB to 4GB. But then realized I was having issues with 4 1GB sticks and had to move to 2 2GB sticks. All is well and it is always better when you get 2 bigger sticks rather then 4 smaller sticks. Corsair even warned me about this and said it takes more time going back and forth from 4 sticks then when you just have 2.
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