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I've been given the option of upgrading from Windows XP to 32 bit Vista Ultimate. I have 2 gigs of ram in my system, and I'm wondering if that's enough. I am a gamer, and I'm planning on playing Warhammer. Will I be okay with 2 gigs of ram on 32 bit Vista Ultimate? If you need, you guys/gals can also check out the rest of my system and give advanced opinion on how I will fare with Vista.

Thanks in advance.

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Yes, it should be enough. If you put in 4GB, you'll only be able to see 3.5GB at most, with Vista 32-bit .... to make use of your entire 4096MB, you need a 64-bit OS, like the 64-bit version of Vista...
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Yeah, I'm familiar with the maximum amount of ram read by 32 bit operating systems. Kinda sucks, but hey, whatever. The reason I ask is because my friend has a 64 bit Vista Ultimate, which he is currently using. He's offered me his 32 bit. I just HAVE to be able to game on my computer. I understand that Vista pre-fetches programs, and it takes up a fair amount of ram. That's why I'm nervous that 2 gb won't be enough.
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post #4 of 16
2GB should be sufficient.. having 4GB wouldn't make that big of a difference in games anyway. It'll make Windows run a little faster and your games load quicker but that's about it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Krusader View Post
The reason I ask is because my friend has a 64 bit Vista Ultimate, which he is currently using. He's offered me his 32 bit.
It's up to you whether you use it but your friend has a retail copy of Vista Ultimate, as all Retail Ultimate copies come with x86 and x64 discs. However, the lisence only permits one to be used at any one time.
Edited by t4ct1c47 - 6/3/08 at 4:22pm
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Thanks for the input. If anyone else has any information they'd like to share, I'm all ears. Well... technically eyes. Oh well.
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2GB will be enough for 32-bit. I ran Vista Ultimate on 2GB for a while and didn't notice a difference when upgrading to 4GB (3.5GB visible).
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post #8 of 16
many ppl seem to run vista with 2gb & be happy with it ....
but my own personal experience with the OS is that 2gb just dont cut it..

i have 4gb gskill 800mhz but a while back i only had 2gb. & it was so sluggish everything seemed to take for ever i was actually on the verge of becoming a vista hater :swearing:
but i had some old 667mhz stuff lying around & i chucked in an extra 1gb

my god !!!!!!!! it was super fast

2gb dual channel 800mhz @ 1100mhz was far slower than 3gb single channel 667mhz @ 720mhz ...identical cl5 timings

vista loves ram... its as simple as that

but t4ct1c47 is right running that copy would be illegal ....in fact im sure they have the same keycode so if he has activated his yours wont (i think)
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post #9 of 16
4GB of ram does nothing for gaming to be fair or benchmark scores. It'll only use what it needs. 2GB is still more than enough unless your a heavy multi tasker or photoshop user.

I personally had no difference from 2GB to 4GB in Vista X64.
 
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One thing I've noticed, is that in my rig, Crysis takes a lot longer to load with 2GB than with 4GB (map loading times, 60seconds vs. 24 seconds with 2GB vs. 4GB in Vista64)... and runs smoother with 4GB for sure (doesn't have to read much from disk)....

so there might be a difference, depending on what kinda games you play, or what applications you run ... I'd rather do 4GB myself ...
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