Windows7 64bit or 32bit

I have windows 32bit ultimate
I have 8gigs ram......but my computer properties shows 8gb ram (3.48 usable)

Why so?
Is it true that windows 7 32bit is capable of using only 4gb ram?

Sud i get it upgraded to the 64bit ultimate edition?

Other specs
i5 2500k 3.7 ghz
GTX 560ti
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  1. Yes, 32-bit Windows can only see like 3.75GB of RAM or something close to that (can't remember exactly atm). You can keep using 32-bit if you want, but that's a lot of RAM going to waste :/
  2. If I were you I would reinstall windows and do the 64bit version. Your Windows key will work with either 32bit or 64bit version. And yes 32bit will only see 3.25GB of ram cause the x86 architecture which is 32bit. That goes for all operating systems that are 32bit. Once you go to 64bit you can use a lot more ram and that would then depend on your motherboard supporting it. Most high end motherboards support 32GB of ram or more now these days.
    What will happen if you stay with 32bit is the other 4 and 1/2 gigs of ram would be useless and you won't have no performance gain compared to 64bit.
  3. I say always go for 64 bit nowadays. You just can't go wrong with it.
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