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What OS is needed?

Super excited for my new rig. But how do I know what OS is needed. 32 or 64 bit? How do I find out?


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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)
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More about what needed
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. How do I tell if this will run windows 8 or 7?
  4. Best answer
    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.
  5. Best answer selected by lordofraddishes.
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