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Is upgradeing to a 64 bit operation system worth it?

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Hay guys
Im curently on a project of a new built and im wondering to either get 4GB of ram or 8Gb but gettin 8GB would mean alot of compatability issues with software
Is the extra 4Gb worth it ??
Im mostly a gamer, programmer and general user.

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Diffidently x64 windows
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post #3 of 33
A Windows 7 key is good for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system. Assuming you already have a key, there's no reason not to go with 64-bit.
post #4 of 33
64 bit, absolutely. Also, for what its worth, I've never once heard of a compatability issue by having too much RAM. A program will simply utilize what it utilizes.
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post #5 of 33
Yes, you definitely feel the difference when using lots of applications. For example running Windows Live Messenger, Firefox while listening to music through Windows Media Player and maybe playing a game can eat up a lot of RAM. There isn't any point in NOT using a 64-Bit operating system, even if you only use 1GB of RAM.
In the short run, use a 64-Bit OS whenever possible. Even if you have <4GB of RAM because your processor can utilise 64-Bit programs
    
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i have been running windows 7 64 bit for past year or so,cant see any improvements from windows 7 32bit, runs the same for me,
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post #7 of 33
Yes it worth it, theres no reason not to even if you dont have more then 4GB of ram. It saves time when you do get more so you dont gotta format and install 64bit on to use all your ram when that time comes.
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post #8 of 33
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but the majority of my software isnt 64 bit :/
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post #9 of 33
Definitely worth it. The only compatibility issues I've run into were video games from the 1990's with 16-bit installers. 32 and 64-bit software runs great on 64-bit Windows and having enough RAM to never run out or even use some RAM disks for caching purposes is great.
post #10 of 33
Go 64-bit. It will be there when you need it, but it won't get in the way of 32-bit applications. Further, it costs nothing to change from 32-bit to 64-bit if one is using Vista or 7. Also, having it could be helpful in a system with a dedicated GPU that has lots of RAM.
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