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Windows 7 64-bit or 32-bit Can't choose !

post #1 of 17
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Hey guys,

I'm going to buy windows 7 tommorow and I would like to know if it's better to install a 64-bit version of windows 7 for games or a 32-bit version.

I usually play games such as call of duty 2 , pro evolution soccer , dragon age 2 , and i would also like to play battlefield 3 in the future.

I heard that 64 bit is only better when you have more then 4gb ram , and since i only have installed 2,5GB ram i should stick with 32-bit ?

What are the pros en cons for me ?
-I only have 2,5GB ram
-Will i really notice any difference when playing games ( will i get higher fps/framerate on 64 bit )

Thanks !
post #2 of 17
Wouldn't matter. You can still use your key for a x64 copy in the future.
post #3 of 17
you'd notice a difference if you upgraded to 4gigs of ram and in that case went with 64bit support. 2.5gb is not a lot these days.
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the ram your can use start to shrink fast depending on ram you have on your gpu. I haven't really have much issue using a x64 with drivers or anything else that I can't find a reason to recommend the x32 over x64. Unless you have specific hardware not proven compatible, why not get a 64 bit version? All games work fine on 64 as well in my experience.
    
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go with 64bit......if you decide that you want to add more ram, or a video card with 2GB of memory, you'll just install it, instead of reinstalling an entire operating system.......plus 64bit is "less" prone to viruses
    
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post #6 of 17
I wouldn't be going with 32-bit these days. You might be a bit short on RAM for it, but anything with at least 3GB RAM (which you're close to) should get 64-bit without a second thought.
post #7 of 17
For gaming; it is pretty much irrelevant.

That said, go with 64 bit unless you have some weird hardware that doesn't have a 64bit driver available there is no reason to go 32.

32bit limits the amount of RAM you can run (under 4 gigs).
64 bit doesnt (well it does.. but we're talking terrabytes of ram)

64 bit can run all 32 bit apps.
32 bit can NOT run any 64 bit apps.
Edited by topgeek - 4/10/11 at 9:16am
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post #8 of 17
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Ok , thanks for the answers , i'll go for 64 bit , and will upgrade my ram..

It's strange though , i have 2x 1gb ram in my pc , and 1x 2gb ram , and my computer says that 2gb Ram is only 0,5 ram

Total : 2,5 GB
post #9 of 17
well what os are you using now?

64 bit is a no brainer nowadays
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The 4GB barrier is based around total system RAM including video cards. If you have 4gb of RAM in a system and drop in a 1gb video card you will have 3gb usable system RAM. 64bit is better for today.
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