win 7 - 32 bit or 64 bit

  Ballie 19:28 14 Dec 2009

I have just orderd a new pc from Cougar Extreme the spec is as follows;

AMD AM3 Phenom X2 250 3.0 GHz
AM3 - Asus M4A78-VM board with integrated Graphics and sound
4Gb Corsair Memory DDR2 1066 (2x2Gb)
500GB SATA Hard Drive
Cooler Master 500W PSU

I have asked them to install it with win 7 home premium but I am unsure whether to have 32 bit or 64 bit, any help please.

Its main use will just be internet, email and letters, Kids might also play the odd game.

  GaT7 19:30 14 Dec 2009

Go with 32-bit for the best compatibility. G

  Peter Lanky 19:50 14 Dec 2009

64 bit will utilise all your RAM, 32 bit will not.

I installed 64 bit on my 2 year old PC and the only thing that wasn't compatible was my Canon N670U scanner.

  GaT7 19:53 14 Dec 2009

'64 bit will utilise all your RAM, 32 bit will not.' - true, but one is unlikely to notice any difference. G

  bremner 19:56 14 Dec 2009

With your spec 64 bit is the best choice.

I have been using 64 bit O/S's, XP, Vista and now W7 for about two years and save for the odd older peripheral for which there were no drivers and one or two old applications I have had little problem.

Every program bar one that I have loaded into has W7 worked without issue. The one loaded and worked fine in compatability mode.

  bremner 20:01 14 Dec 2009

64 bit can not only see all the RAM but it is much better at using what it has.

I can see noticeable speed increases in memory intensive applications like video editing and encoding on my 64 bit W7 over 32 bit Vista.

  GaT7 20:04 14 Dec 2009

bremner, you're an enthusiast with advanced needs. 99% of general users with basic tasks (& possibly owning older peripherals) will find 32-bit more than sufficient with fewer hiccups & surprises. G

  Ballie 20:54 14 Dec 2009

I hear what you say guys, my current pc is on win 7 but with an old socket A board with N-Force 2 chip set!!! its a bit slow but it just works, hence the upgrade.

The only old things I will be wanting to use with my new pc are my HP L7780 wireless printer, my WD pass port 320GB usb hard drive, and my ION usb turn table (to import my old vinyl into itunes)

HP don't do any (32 or 64 bit) drivers for the printer but win 7 (32 bit) found it wirelessly and installed a driver that seems to work just fine.

  ngauge 21:02 14 Dec 2009

I hate 64-bit Win 7! I can't run my favourite program on it i.e. iphotoplus4 and there is nothing else like it!

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