I'm an XP gamer about to upgrade to Windows 7 finally. I got a new video card and another stick of ram. I feel like I've got an adequate system to upgrade now. However, I've got questions before I tear the plastic open... I think can still send it back at this point.
1.) Should I install the 32-bit or 64-bit version? Which will yield the best performance for my system?
2.) Will I see an improvement with my quad core? Will it be noticeable with gaming?
3.) Is all my hardware compatible with Windows 7? Do I have enough memory?
4.) Can 7 be tweaked for gaming the way XP can? (minimal services/visuals/processes etc)
core2quad Q6600 @ 2.8ghz cpu
ASUS v60 heatsink fan
XFX HD 5770 128-bit 1gb ddr5 (927/1300) vcard
MSI g31tm-p21 intel G31 chipset
PNY Optima 3gb dd2 800mhz
Western Digital 150gb ATA hdd
Maxtor OneTouch 4 500gb external hd
SB Hush series 580w psu (single rail 12v 25a)
ASUS MS226 22" LCD monitor
Win XP Pro 32-bit SP2 (tweaked for gaming)
1) 64 BIT.
2) In gaming I'm not sure. Video games seems to run a little better in Dual Core's Systems.
3) Yes. It is compatible. 4 Gigs will be better, though it's enough for basic gaming+.
4) Yes (I'll expand this answer later)
Thanks for the reply. I have also heard that dual core is better for gaming as well. Not sure, but do know any more about why ? Also, I'll come back to this post for an explanation on #4 once I've gotten 7 installed.