New build for Windows 7: Do i install 32bit OS or 64 bit OS?


I just built a new computer........powered it on.......and it came to life. SO excited. I opened up the OS and found two windows 7 disks. One for 32bit software and one for 64 bit. I am not sure which one to use.

This is the system that i built.
Antec NSK 4482B Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811129072

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822148395

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
Item #: N82E16827106289

BIOSTAR A880G+ Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138283

WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #: N82E16820161279

AMD Athlon II X3 445 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor
Item #: N82E16819103872

Also, this build is for my parents and they currently have an older dell running windows XP pro...i am sure this is 32bit. They do have some peripheral devices like a printer and a few other things which they will want to use with the new system.

Just not sure which to install.
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    In most cases 64-bit will be best. Install that and if there are any problems with their software or drivers being compatible you can always install the 32-bit. Most programs will run in compatibility mode if nothing else.
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