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.
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.