Win7 x64 or x86 for AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE Tags: CPUs x86 X64 Last response: January 16, 2011 12:05 PM in CPUs Share Karl_the_n00b January 13, 2011 5:20:40 AM Hi guys, Got a new HDD for my PC and was going to upgrade to windows 7 but not sure if I should go for the x64 or x86 version. What would be the best choice and if you don’t mind me asking, why? It’s mostly going to be used as a gaming rig, if that matters at all. Thanks for the help guys and sorry for the n00b questions. More about : win7 x64 x86 amd phenom 555 Maziar a b à CPUs January 13, 2011 5:56:30 AM Hello and welcome to the forums It depends on how much RAM you have. If you have 3GB or less,then go with x86;otherwise,go with x64 because 32bit OS's recognize maximum 3.2GB of RAM;whereas, 64bit are required for 4GB+ of memory installed. Karl_the_n00b January 13, 2011 6:23:24 AM Thank you, and thanks for the reply I’m currently only running 2 GB so I’ll go with x86 for now. Would there really be any performance difference between the 2 types on a 2 GB rig? The HDD I’m installing is actually SSD so would that make any difference to which I should choose? I didn’t mention it before as I didn’t think it would matter but feel better being sure. Cheers, Related resources AMD Phenom II x2 555 BE Unlocks/AM3 Upgrade - Forum Issue after unlocking phenom II 555 ... - Forum MSI NF750-G55 and Phenom II X2 555 BE - Forum Amd II x2 555 BE Core Unlocking Questions/Problems - Forum Phenom II X2 550 turns into a Phenom II X4 B50 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer noble January 13, 2011 10:33:16 AM Also, if you use or plan to use any application that has a 64-bit version, it will perform faster with 64-bit. It has also be found that even some 32-bit applications can potentially run better if installed in a 64-bit operating system. One of those that comes to mind is Adobe Photoshop. Microsoft claims 99.9% compatibility with 32-bit applications for its 64-bit operating systems. Just make sure you have 64-bit drivers for all your system internals & peripherals if you finally decide to install 64-bit. If you got a fairly new build you should be covered. IMHO 64-bit is the way forward and is a pitty since most software manufacturers don't take any advantage of it. Maziar a b à CPUs January 13, 2011 2:00:12 PM With 2GB RAM,you aren't going to see a notable difference between x32 and x64. Even in 64bit apps,the performance difference isn't very much. beanoslim a b à CPUs January 13, 2011 2:04:19 PM If your buying it and using DDR3 then with the cost of DDR3 being so cheap it would be worth going 64bit. 1965ohio a b à CPUs January 16, 2011 12:05:34 PM The minimum requirement for x64 Win7 is 2GB. So just install the x64, cause you will want to add RAM in the future, and I doubt you will want to re-installed the OS just because of it. Running x64 will make your system more responsive and x86 programs will run normally too. No reason to go x86 unless you only got 1GB of RAM or will never upgrade above the 2GB you have. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: Forum ForumAMD Phenim II X2 555 in old mobo ForumPhenom II X2 550 unlock questions ForumIs amd phenom ii x2 555 good for gaming ForumAMD Phenom II X2 555 BE Unlock Cpu Core ForumUnlocking AMD Phenom ii x2 555 BE ForumMy amd fx4100 & phenom II x2 555 ForumAMD Phenom II X2 555 vs 15 250k ForumAMD Phenom II 555 X2 and Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H ForumLooking for sound card suggestion ForumAMD Phenom II X4 945 running at 803.7mhz?! Forum[Solved] AMD Phenom x6 1055t Temps ForumAMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor-Recommended Cooling Syste ForumPhenom II 965BE 60C-64C, is it normal? ForumCombination of amd phenom 2 x4 945 with which motherboard More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !