Solved What OS is needed? Tags: New Build Systems Last response: February 10, 2013 8:28 PM in Systems Share lordofraddishes February 10, 2013 8:14:01 PM Super excited for my new rig. But how do I know what OS is needed. 32 or 64 bit? How do I find out? PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CFB1 Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CFB1/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CFB1/benchmarks/ CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC) Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7770 2GB Video Card ($142.98 @ SuperBiiz) Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC) Total: $498.88 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-10 17:12 EST-0500) More about : needed MauveCloud February 10, 2013 8:23:06 PM A 32-bit OS can only use a little over 3GB of ram (I think this applies to unix and linux operating systems as well as Windows). Since you've chosen 8GB ram, you'll want a 64-bit OS. m 0 l MC_K7 February 10, 2013 8:24:30 PM You need 64-bit. Not only it boots and responds faster than 32-bit, but in your case it's pretty much mandatory since you have 8 GB of RAM (32-bit OS can only manage a maximum of 4 GB). Other than this nice build for the bucks. m 0 l Related resources need some help with determining what os to get - Forum Dead OS, What Do I Need To Retrieve? - Forum What OS version do I need? - Forum What OS for these needs? - Forum What kind of SATA/Raid Controller Card due I need to install an OS - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer lordofraddishes February 10, 2013 8:25:19 PM How do I tell if this will run windows 8 or 7? m 0 l Best solution MC_K7 February 10, 2013 8:27:11 PM lordofraddishes said:How do I tell if this will run windows 8 or 7? Don't worry it will have drivers for both. You just need to decide which one you prefer. Share lordofraddishes February 10, 2013 8:28:19 PM Best answer selected by lordofraddishes. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedOS Drive Cloning Help Needed Forum SolvedWhat OS should i choose for gaming with my rig below? Forum SolvedMy friend wants a budget gaming pc, Mini ITX and an OS is needed. It will be hooked up to a 1080 TV Forum SolvedOk so what SSD should i get for my OS and a game or two? Forum SolvedIf I put my OS and programs on my SSD what do I use my HDD for? Forum Need some help figuring out what to do about OS and HD... Forum SolvedI needed the cd to install win7 OS for the very first time on new build pc.....it start up well and I booted up from the disc, Forum Solved$400 gaming pc no os or peripherals needed Forum New PC or OS - What do you need? Forum SolvedJust finished building my PC and installed the OS, What drivers should I install Forum Solved$800 Gaming Rig for a friend (OS Needed) Forum Solved$500 Budget Gaming PC (OS needed) - NEED HELP - Forum SolvedWhat'll be missing if I just Copy/Paste OS from HDD to another Forum SolvedBudget build, hard drive, os, ram not needed Forum SolvedWhat OS should i get for my build? Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !