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February 22, 2010 3:14:01 PM

I am in the process of planning a rebuild of a blown computer (lighting took out the MB and PSU this past summer). I will be reusing my HD, CDRW, DVD ROM and Windows XP 32 bit. I am planning on purchasing i7 860, Asus P7P55D-E Deluxe, 2x 2GB 1600 DDR3 RAM, ATI 5850, and an 850 watt PSU, probably Consair.
Around Christmas I will add Windows 7 64 bit, new HD or SDD, 2 more GB or RAM, and the newest version of MS Office.

My question is will I be ok with running Windows XP 32 bit with 4GB of total ram? I know Windows will not be able to address all of it, but will I take a performance or stability hit for going over the total address able memory? I would hate to have to buy 2 1GB modules now just to change it later this year.

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Chris

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a c 80 } Memory
February 22, 2010 3:28:52 PM

It will be fine. I sometimes run XP on a system with 8GB with no adverse effects (other than only 3GB is available).
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February 23, 2010 3:12:17 PM

Thanks for the info. I will go ahead and buy 4GB now and add 4 more GB later when I switch to Windows 7 64 bit.

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a c 80 } Memory
February 23, 2010 4:36:55 PM

Since you normally want 4 identical modules, it would make sense to by 8GB now.
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February 23, 2010 5:05:35 PM

Even 4 gigs of RAM is enough.
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a c 80 } Memory
February 23, 2010 5:26:55 PM

shubham1401 said:
Even 4 gigs of RAM is enough.

It depends on what the system is used for.
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February 23, 2010 7:03:30 PM

I’m guessing 4 GB will be enough for now. I will be on XP for almost a year, then afterward I’ll decide if 4 GB is enough or not. We use the machine for MS office, Internet, and some gaming. My wife uses Publisher and Powerpoint a lot. I mainly use Excel, IE, and games.
The only reason why I am upgrading is because lighting took out most of my old Socket 939 AMD rig. I am using a 10 year old P3 system which is driving me crazy! No more Need for Speed for me. LOL

Now I just need to decide which RAM to buy. I like to play around with a little overclocking so I’d like to get some decent 1600 CAS 8. However for my use, I’m sure stock speeds with 1333 will probably be just fine.

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March 5, 2010 11:09:51 AM

Best answer selected by ccannon222.
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