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Danstar10

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Hi all,

Quick question really, my HDD bombed out and I have just recieved a replacement, so it seems like a good time to update to windows 7.
I was on XP 32 bit, not had any problems. I am considering getting Win7 64 bit, but my concern is that the recommended memory for XP was 256mb or something, and for Win7 64bit is 2gb which is the total amount of memory I have.

So, my question is.. will upgrading to Win7 64bit actually slow me down as it will leave me with a lot less memory for applications / tasks etc?

Here is my spec:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE Nvidia Nforce 4 SLI the model is GA-K8N Pro-SLI
Processor: AMD X2 4400+ dual core
RAM: 2gb DDR memory
PSU: 600watt

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These are my specs - and win 7 runs as sweet as could be - but I do have a 64bit processor and funnily enough that is my bottleneck. This was originally an XP system

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7600 Build 7600
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Acer
System Model Aspire T180
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+, 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD R01-A2, 14/09/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.21 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 4.76 GB
Page File Space 3.00 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys


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Your GA-K8N Pro-SLI supports up to 4GB of RAM.

http://www.crucial.c...=GA-K8N Pro-SLI
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yeah but DDR RAM aint cheap these days - may be worth biting the bullet and doing a bundle MOBO / CPU / MEM upgrade eventually.

Still not sure what it would be like on 2GB tho, think I would be slowed down?

Essexboy - what do you mean when you say 64 bit was your bottleneck? my processor is 64 bit.
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Windows 7 with 2Gb of memory is plenty for regular everyday use.
Runs happily in 1Gb of memory as well.
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I say wait up until you really have about 4 GB of RAM to take full advantage of the capabilities offered by a 64-bit processor.I suggest you wait until you can do that. I'm pretty sure your processor does support both. I say take advantage of what you have now because the cons may be more than the pros (slower 32 bit apps on 64 bit, some that dont run; no 16bit program support (<- Who needs that now :D) and yea!)

I suggest if you want to upgrade jump ship to 32 bit. (unless you are going to upgrade you ram soon?)
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This is my current score
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Note that the processor is the lowest score at 4.9
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