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8gb ram with windows 7? Advice please.

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July 29, 2012 12:36:55 PM

Hi there. I'm putting a gaming rig together which I would like to use windows 7 64 bit on.
I've been reading about ram issues with windows 7 32 bit but, as stated, I have 8gb ram at the moment but in 12-16 months time I will upgrade to 16gb ram.
The advice I'm after is what edition of windows 7 will I need to get to make sure i can use the full 8gb (and eventually16gb)?
Also, any reccomendations on where to get a copy from at the lowest price possible?
Thanks in advance for the help.

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a c 108 B Homebuilt system
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July 29, 2012 12:44:35 PM

32bit means the OS can only handle ~3.25 of RAM, so that's how much it can use.

64bit Home Premium can support up to 16GB, with Professional and above supporting 192Gb from memory.

Newegg has 64bit Home Premium OEM for $100. That's about as cheap as you'l find it, if you search around a bit you may be able to drop $5 or so.
July 29, 2012 12:46:45 PM

Thanks. That's what I thought. It's a shame that new egg don't ship to England cos their prices are awesome.
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