The bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory RAM more effectively than a bit system. With my 32bit OS the only time had ram problem while playing a 32bit was everquest 2 and its only because the game allow you to use over 2g of ram but the game still crash since its a 32bit programme. Factor in much smoother alt-tabbing and it's easy to see that the move to bit brings many benefits and no obvious downsides. Just downhload the 86x version of everything when their is no 64 bit version available. United States - English. Crna Gora - Srpski.
Anonymous Apr 7, , 8: You will have access to more than the 4GB memory limitation. I really don't game that much anymore really because there aren't many games that catches my eye nowadays, just a couple every year, I also have a Xbox , Playstation 3, and a Wii but I would imagine the newer games like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim would be pushing the 4GB limit, so I guess it wouldn't hurt to have the extra memory.
In some games the extra ram is helpful and for general multitasking also. As vernur says, many games are still limited to 2GB for their actual process.
This limit can be removed however there are plenty of guides out there to fix it for skyrim, to take one and it is likely games will demand more moving forward. Also, programs other than games have been growing in a rediculous fashion, skype is not afraid to claim MB of ram or more at times, browsers are even hungrier. Then there is drivers for graphics, sound, antivirus etc.
So unless you want to close all your programs before launching a game, you will need more than 3GB ram. And you will be limited to about 3GB with a 32bit operating system, the system might be able to allocate 4GB, but that is including RAM on your graphics card and other things. And as others have said, you can run as good as all 32bit programs in 64bit, except drivers.
So you might wish to look out if you have some old macro-keyboard or other peripheral which never got a 64bit driver. PMentior Apr 7, , 9: Just downhload the 86x version of everything when their is no 64 bit version available. SR Blackbird Apr 7, , As far as gaming goes with a 32bit game the 32bit OS should be more then enough what else are you runing beside maybe your anti virus,a few web pages and maybe mp3 are you running while playing?
With my 32bit OS the only time had ram problem while playing a 32bit was everquest 2 and its only because the game allow you to use over 2g of ram but the game still crash since its a 32bit programme. And well I could solve my ram problems with that game by using the low contrast thems for windows 7. But well I just wanted to clear things up because in reality, just go for the 64bit version. Same price and no problems. Game using 2G of Vram your talking about 64bit games in eyefinity set-up or a few poorly coded 64 bit games on a 30" high resolution monitor.
Unfortunately many people, even Microsoft say "x86" instead of "x32": The choice of which OS you should go for isn't just about loading times or even frame rates. It's also about usability.
It's about how comfortable you are with using it and it's about compatibility. Windows 7 is commendable at this stage for just working with pretty much everything we threw at it although for some reason on this machine it wouldn't play ball with Fraps. Once again, this gives us high hopes for its future, particularly when compared to the ill-tempered Vista launch. Only once you've used an operating system can you really know if it's for you.
Try as we might, we're still not comfortable with Vista, while Windows 7 doesn't irk us anywhere near is much. It's a personal thing. Indeed, every time we mention that Windows Vista is less than perfect we get plenty of readers complaining about the fact. Maybe all our messing around with operating systems on a daily basis has spoiled us, but given the choice we'd still go for Windows XP for pure DX9 speed and Windows 7 bit for the good all-round experience.
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