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32 or 64- 2 new builds

Hey everyone!

a few quick questions/statements.

I have two new builds in my house and i need to install doze 7 on each of them. I can get windows 7 64 and 32 bit. I just wanted to know if it mattered which OS i installed on either build.

Build 1 specs:
1. AMD A8-3850
2. Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75
3. OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
4. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
5. Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
6. Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB

Build 2 specs:
1.Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
3.OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
4. G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 (X2) - 8g ram total
5.Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit
6.Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB

Which one should i install the 64bit on?
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  1. go for build 2-- you need it to be able to use all the 8gb of ram--32bit will only let you use about 3.75gb of ram
  2. Go with build 2. Going with Llano only makes sense if you're going to run off the IGP even if it's just initially. Also, just use 64-bit. There is no point in getting the 32-bit now adays except to use on older machines with less than 4GB.
  3. GO with 64 bit on both --- unless you have some old hardware or software that will not work in a 64 bit setting --- 32 bit is limited to a total of 4GB of system memory (total) so you will only be able to actually use about 3.25GB of RAMonce the reserved system memory and video page files are loaded (because 2^32 == 4GB of addresses for the memory table to be stored in) so even system 1 will be wasting about 1\3 of its installed memory and the 8GB. system is wasting over half of it's installed memory if you go 32 bit.
  4. I would install win 64bit on both because if you ever want to upgrade the ram on the number one computer you would also have to upgrade the OS then as well.
  5. 32 bit will let you see about 3.5gb max, 64 bit lets you see all of it.
    Also, 64 bit is less susceptible to malware and viruses.

    Iinstall 64 bit on both.
  6. Thanks for the input guys! i really appreciate it.
  7. i have one more question!:

    Since these are both new builds, how should i install the OS? I can get the OS through a program in my school for free. it's called microsoft academic alliance and it's totally legitimate so i'm not pirating or anything lol


    anyways. is my best bet to download as an ISO and use poweriso or something of that nature to mount it to a DVD? or can i put it on a flash drive?

    What's the best way for me to do this?
  8. you can extract the iso to either a dvd or a flash drive--i prefer flash drive as its quicker to load and you

    dont need to worry about scratching the disk and whether it will read ok on each dvd drive

    you do need to make the flash drive bootable though

    something like this will do it
  9. eW91IGNhbiBleHRyYWN0IHRoZSBpc28gdG8gZWl0aGVyIGEgZHZkIG9yIGEgZmxhc2ggZHJpdmUtLWkgcHJlZmVyIGZsYXNoIGRyaXZlIGFzIGl0cyBxdWlja2VyIHRvIGxvYWQgYW5kIHlvdSAKCmRvbnQgbmVlZCB0byB3b3JyeSBhYm91dCBzY3JhdGNoaW5nIHRoZSBkaXNrIGFuZCB3aGV0aGVyIGl0IHdpbGwgcmVhZCBvayBvbiBlYWNoIGR2ZCBkcml2ZQoKeW91IGRvIG5lZWQgdG8gbWFrZSB0aGUgZmxhc2ggZHJpdmUgYm9vdGFibGUgdGhvdWdoCgpzb21ldGhpbmcgbGlrZSB0aGlzIHdpbGwgZG8gaXQKCmh0dHA6Ly93aW50b2ZsYXNoLmNvbS9ob21lL2Vu
    The best way to do it ^+1

  10. Thanks guys! i appreciate it!
  11. I watched some of the videos provided by wintoflash and read some text tutorials; however, all tutorials seem to be from dvd to usb. Is it any trickier if i'm downloading it from the internet and will, supposedly, have it as an ISO? are there any different steps or instructions/tips? or will it be self explanatory?
  12. When its on the HDD it is the same, just locate the file with program.

    Try it and u'll see, its easy.
  13. Down this tool and its the matter of 15-20 minutes max, done!
  14. well i downloaded it and got it on the USB. went to boot from USB and the computer started up, and i started running the install, but ran into a wall quickly.

    I'm installing this on a brand new build, i haven't even gone into the BIOS yet (i dont really know how, the asrock p67 is confusing!)
    i'm getting a "Where do you want to install windows" screen and i get this error message : "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide mass storage driver for instalation"

    I know the hdd is spinning inside the case. Any suggestions or solutions?
  15. *Sigh*

    I rebooted and hit f11 to enter the boot menu and the ASrock UEFI setup shows these boot devices:
    SATA: TSSTcorp DVD
    USB: Corsair voyager (my flash drive)

    So it looks like the hard drive isn't showing up.

    Should i just unplug/plug back in the sata data/power cables and try again?
  16. OK, select USB to boot first
  17. Is the SATA drive empty?
  18. i selected usb as boot device and i get the windows is loading files screen>starting windows>install windows>next>install now>setup is starting>agree to terms> upgrade/custom install (custom)> where do you want to install windows? (there's an empty box that says no drives were found..
  19. the PATA slot is empty, but idk what that is.. the SATA slot only shows the DVD drive..
  20. What HDD or SSD drive is used?
  21. Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB HDD.
  22. And that drive is not showing up?
  23. not at all. just the DVD/cd drive and the usb

    but i hear the hdd spinning when the computer turns on
  24. Plug it in to another SATA 2 port
  25. i put the dvd sata connector in a different sata port and i put the sata from the hdd in the port that the dvd drive was previously in. now i don't have the option to go where i want when the computer boots up, it takes me right to the ASROCK UEFI setup utility and doesn't show anything under the boot options section.
  26. Are u installing in the AHCI mode?
  27. When u see BIOS post, do u see the HDD listed?
  28. no.. i dont think so. the black boot screen doesn't come up like normal.. it's a screen specific to my motherboard and it gives me the options to go into the configuration, which basically is the BIOS i guess, but it doesn't look like one so im confused..
  29. When it shows "HDD detected" u see nothing?
  30. there's no area where it says "hdd detected" like there usually is. i changed up the sata ports again and i still only see the DVD drive and not the HDD. It's so weird because i can hear the HDD spinning when the computer posts.
    looks like this when i hit f11 on startup:

  31. OK, do u have another HDD we can try to plug in and see if it works?
  32. Unplug power cord, clear cmos, unplug the harddisk data cable, wait 5 mins, hook everything back up, load bios in the default setting.
  33. This is what i get before startup:

    detected ATA/ATAPI Devices
    PRI-Slave0: TSST corp DVD
    press f11 for boot menu
  34. jpsenior said:
    This is what i get before startup:

    detected ATA/ATAPI Devices
    PRI-Slave0: TSST corp DVD
    press f11 for boot menu

    OK, do this

    "Unplug power cord, clear cmos, unplug the harddisk data cable, wait 5 mins, hook everything back up, load bios in the default setting."
  35. i clear the CMOS through the setup utility right? just resets it to factory defaults?
  36. Clear the CMOS Using the Motherboard Jumper
  37. And clear the CMOS by removing the CMOS Battery for 5 min.
  38. Do u have another HDD available?
  39. i only have this hard drive right now.. i have an external with a bunch of random stuff on it though..

    My motherboard has a clear CMOS switch, is that alright? i've never dealt with this before. i really appreciate all your help
  40. OK clear it and wait a few minutes and than hook it up>start> and see

    Make sure, u check the both ends of the sata cables for tight fit.
  41. no difference.. :(
  42. except for now one of my fans is going slow and clicking. -.- lol
  43. Try different SATA cable.
  44. Do you have AHCI enabled in the BIOS?
  45. new sata, nice and snug, still nothing.
  46. jpsenior, do you have AHCI enabled in the BIOS?
  47. no, it's IDE.

    Marvell SATA3 Operation- NO
    Marvell Sata3 Bootable- NO
    SATA Mode- IDE mode
    SATA Controller 0 - Compatible
    SATA controller 1- enabled
    HARD Disk S.M.A.R.T - Disabled

    Sata_0: not detected
    SATA_1: Not Detected
    Sata_2: TSSTCorp DVDWBD
    Sata_3_ Not Detected
    SATA_5: Not detected

    Thats all the HDD/ SATA info i have
  48. OK, can u set it to AHCI, that would be one of the last things to do.
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