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post #11 of 16
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4GB to run windows 7 64bit? Really... official requirements for Win 7 x64 is 2GB where did you get 4GB for windows 7 x64?...

Ah I guess I do use up 2GB just running x64 leaving me with 2GB to play with... Whereas if I was running x86 I'd use 1GB to run it and 3GB to play with... is that what you’re getting at?


On the GPU you’re saying I should go crossfire over the 5770 as they would both be 128bit? Or go for a better card than the 5770 which would be better than 128bit? Sorry got a bit confused on that sentence is all.
Edited by Beradedgelfling - 5/11/12 at 5:51am
post #12 of 16
32 bit maxs out at 4 2 gig just to get it to run your gpu needs some of that ram as well as the rest now your anti virus needs some and you haven open anything eles you are on the edge with everything thier all this is running in the back ground when you open a game thing get real slugish esp when you have a dual core cpu to push everything
post #13 of 16
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That’s odd because I’ve not noticed any change going from Win7 x86 Pro to x64 Ult... I got a little bit of a speed boost but nothing huge.

Originally had 86x Pro that came with the computer and then upgraded with a copy of x64 Ult courtesy of a friend who has access to a site licence for Ult. So figured I'd upgrade as I was only able to use 3 of my 4GB's in Win 7 x86 Pro.

In x64 I get all 4GB show in system on x86 I only got 3GB showing. The extra gig has improved my overall windows index thingy slightly and improved on my FPS / benchmarks a little.

Not sure where you’re getting this 4GB min system requirement from, or am I right in the middle of a bad sweet spot where I get nothing from going x64 and lose nothing by going x86 LOL.


Using Sophos 10 for antivirus thats quite system friendly in terms of RAM usage... or at least it seems to be and thats about all I have running in the background other than your normal windowes services.


First thing I do is run msconfig to tweak my start up and services etc. I only have running what i need and nothing else. I am a OC amateur but I far from that when it comes to computers in general. I’m a Professional ICT engineer, just where I work we don't do OCing for obvious warrantee reasons LOL.
Edited by Beradedgelfling - 5/11/12 at 7:06am
post #14 of 16
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So what I can take away from this discussion is…

Get x2 4GB of DDR3... would this be any good?

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/memory-pc/ddr3-pc3-12800/1600mhz/cmz8gx3m2a1600c9b.html

Get a good GPU. What’s a good one to go for in the £100 mark, something like a Radeon HD 6870?

Worry about the CPU overclock after all this other stuff?
Edited by Beradedgelfling - 5/11/12 at 7:21am
post #15 of 16
yes that ram is a good pick and you will see a diffent diffrence with a 6850 for that price range find a 256 bit 1 gig and the highest core clock as far as over clocking your cpu I don't know what mother board you have or case you have so I can't make any recmandation's on that
post #16 of 16
Hello, my situation is very similar to Beradedgelfling's. The main difference being I have an H40, which I got because I wanted an upgradable machine. But for now I have an A4 3400 and an Nvidia ION GPU, to stay until my GTX 560 (Non ti) gets here.

I have a 700watt PSU, (Overkill again, I know.) and an MSI A75MA-G55 motherboard.

I feel the 560 will be a bit too fast for my CPU, and I've heard overclocking can help against bottleneck.
I've never overclocked a CPU before, and I've been looking for some help.

Note: I don't have the 560 yet, but I'd like to overclock still, even if I wasn't getting it.

EDIT: Here's what Speccy says for me:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

CPU
AMD A4-3400 4 °C
Llano 32nm Technology

RAM
4.00 GB DDR3 @ 798MHz (9-9-9-28)

Motherboard
MSI A75MA-G55 (MS-7696) (P0) 62 °C

Graphics
Generic Non-PnP Monitor (1360x768@60Hz)
Acer S201HL (1600x900@60Hz)
512MB ION (ZOTAC International) 39 °C

Hard Drives
1954GB Seagate ST2000DM001-9YN164 ATA Device (SATA) 36 °C
Edited by Joe13245 - 5/12/12 at 3:03pm
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