I've not built a system since 2003 and just picked a cheap system running FOXCONN 945G7MA mobo , in addtion I have 4gb memory , and an ATI Radeon X800 series gpu, ( replacing this weekend with an ATI 5500 1gb card ) I'm running Win7 Utlimate.
( I wanted a cheap system to run WoW runs fine btw xD )
My issue is for some reason Windows is only picking up 3.25 as usable out of 4.00GB.
This Mobo does come with onboard graphics which I disabled via BIOS and I've checked various settings via ATI Catalyst control settings , and I'm still none the wiser.
You are using a 32 bit Operating system. It is a common problem and there isn't anything you can do except upgrade to a 64 bit OS. It isn't a big deal, you won't NEED more than the 3.25GB there anyway.
What processor are you using? I'm pretty sure, so long as the processor supports x64, you should be fine installing an x64 OS. Post with the complete system specs but really, I'm pretty sure you would be able to run x64 just fine.
Number of Logical Processors 2
Number of Physical Processors 1
CPU #1 Intel Pentium D
CPU Name Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.40GHz
CPU Code Name Presler
Number of Bits 64
Instruction Set MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, ET64, XD, VMX, EST
Platform Name [unknown]
Technology 65 nm
Original Clock 3066 MHz
Original System Clock 200 MHz
Original Multiplier 15.4
CPU Clock 3400 MHz
System Clock [unknown]
Number of Cores 2
Turbo Boost Not Supported
Virtual Technology Disabled
Hyper Threading Not Supported
L1 Data Cache 2 x 16 KBytes
L1 Trace Cache 2 x 12 Kµops
L2 Cache 2 x 2048 KBytes
So it seems as you said, I should have no problems installing Win7 as 64bit .
The guy I bought my system from said he was an ex- IBM programmer from the 60s- 70s , just makes me wonder why he installed it as 32 bit instead of 64 bit. I've upgraded the GPU with an ATI Radeon 5550 HD for £10.00 from a Radeon X500.
Sorry for the wall of text,
thanks again puttsy for your time.
I decided to use 32 bit windows 7 to increase my ssd drive space. 64 bit takes up about 10 gb of extra space with 8 gb of ram versus 4. Just a heads up if you're trying to save space or you ever use a small ssd. I couldn't tell the difference in performance for my applications; 4 gb is good enough for me.