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Here is my specs:

Motherboard: Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 3.0 GHZ
Graphics Card: XFX ATI Radeon HD 5770 - Stock Core Clock: 875, Stock Memory Clock: 1300
RAM: 4096MB OCZ DDR3
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
PSU: Corsair Tx750w
Optical Drive: Cheapest dvd writer I could find, cant remember what it was.
OS: windows 7 32 bit

I keep getting conflicting information on whether 32 bit actually uses all 4gb of ram, or whether it only utilises up to 3 and a bit gigabytes of ram (or less) as some people say. Task manager reports only 3327 gb of ram total, but a friend said that it might be because the rest of it is being reserved by the motherboard. When I look this up, I see it depends on many different factors, including your motherboard type. So I was hoping you people here could clarify exactly how much ram my system is utilising and whether any of it has gone to waste.
 

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32 bit uses a max of 3.5 gigs (including video ram)
 

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32 bit uses a max of 3.5 gigs (including video ram)
So does that mean essentially 500mb of ram has gone to waste? I'm deciding on whether its worth going through the tedious process of backing up ALL my files, buying windows 64 bit, reinstalling the pc with that, then reinstalling all my games and files. Is whatever performance boost there is worth it?
 

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add "/PAE" without quotes to your boot.ini file
that should show all 4GB's
if not, then it will show 3.5GB
If you have onboard graphics you could always dedicate 512mb to the GPU
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then its not going to waste.
 
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