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Have 4 gigs, worth going 64 bit?


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Cold Titanium

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Hello everyone,

I recently added another 2 gigs to my system because I need the breathing space for virtual machines. I do some gaming as well, but most of the stuff I do is with VMs. My system sees 3.25GB right now.

I have a copy of Win7 64 Pro on hand.

My question is: Is it worth the trouble of all the re-installing goodness(all my program settings, updating, etc)? Will I see enough of a boost from going 64 bit? Currently there is 750 megs of RAM just sitting aound... I have 64 on my laptop and don't notice that big of difference, except that Windows uses more RAM while idling.

I know 64 bit is supposed to be more secure among other things...

Here's the speccy report

Operating System
MS Windows 7 32-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 @ 2.53GHz 45 °C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. EP45-UD3R (Socket 775) 35 °C
Graphics
HP w2007 (1680x1050@59Hz)
ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series (Gigabyte) 46 °C
Hard Drives
625GB SATA WDC WD6400AAKS-0 SCSI Disk Device (RAID) 42 °C
Optical Drives
SATA ASUS DRW-2014 SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio


Edit: Now I'm running 3 VMs (2 Linux, 1 XP) and have almost no lag on any of them...including my host...
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To do all this work for an extra 750Mb of RAM isn't worth it on its own.
Also you'd need to verify whether all your programs and VM emulators work in a 64-bit environment. If not, it's a pointless upgrade.
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