Do I Just Need Windows 7 64-bit instead of Windows 7 32-bit?

  ChrisTodd 00:46 09 Feb 2014

So, I bought a computer sometime last year for gaming, but it ran slow at some points. I tried asking around for some help as to why it would run slow randomly, and someone said that I should get Windows 7 64-bit for my computer instead of Windows 7 32-bit. I recently tried using the computer again and now it shuts down after a few minutes. I don't know much about computers, please help.

Here are the specs:

  • COOLER MASTER HAF series RC-912-KKN4 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

  • Western Digital WD AV-GP WD5000AVCS 500GB IntelliPower 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

  • ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply & New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready

  • Intel Core i5-2310 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz (3.2GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52310

  • Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1339DS1S00

  • EVGA-GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Graphics Card-02G-P4-4069-KB

  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit - OEM

  Jollyjohn 09:15 09 Feb 2014

W7 32 bit can only access about 3.5GB of RAM so any more than that is just not used. W7 64 bit will utilise the RAM you have in your system and will run faster.

  Mr Mistoffelees 09:44 09 Feb 2014

As jollyjohn has said, if you want to utilise your 8GBs of RAM you will need to use 64bit Windows.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:05 09 Feb 2014

I recently tried using the computer again and now it shuts down after a few minutes.

Its possibly heat related make sure all fans are running and the case and heatsink is free of dust and fluff.

  nickf 11:42 09 Feb 2014

Good advice from all the previous posters for you . I am a little concerned about your build tho . You have a mid tower case , with quite a cheap entry level micro ATX motherboard , and 8Gb of Ram whilst running W7 32bit and an old model sandy bridge CPU , and your PSU is WAY more than you need to run a GTX660 I hope you did not pay too much for this .

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