Which version of win7 should I install (32 or 64 bit)

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Found 19th Oct 2009
got this pc on the way but need to check 64 bit is the way to go for this

Processor
Intel Pentium E5400 Dual Core Processor 2.7Ghz,
Memory
4GB DDR2 800Mhz
Hard Drive
750GB SATA II




thanks.

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csiman;6620825

PC - http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173624


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you bought a PC from a shop? Oh dear.

Go x64... It's super! (and if you don't - that lovely 4gb of memory is pointless
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Why do you want to install the 64-bit?

There is no point unless you have really good reasons (and hopefully not just so you can see that extra half gig of memory)
The fact that you are asking for advice on which one to install also leads me to believe you don't need 64-bit.

Personally i'd stick with 32-bit.

x64 all the way...ive had no issues with drivers for ages now (since XP) and running windows 7 here for a few months.

Can someone tell me the point of the 64 version? Not a mean Q, just always wondered.

I understand it can utilise the extra ram, so you get to use the extra 512 if you have 4gb, but it that the only good thing? or are there other benefits?

ChipSticks;6620894

Can someone tell me the point of the 64 version? Not a mean Q, just … Can someone tell me the point of the 64 version? Not a mean Q, just always wondered.I understand it can utilise the extra ram, so you get to use the extra 512 if you have 4gb, but it that the only good thing? or are there other benefits?


what about people who install 8gb ram? thats a big difference :thumbsup:
Furthermore, means that processing should be more efficient as it will utilize both cores better then 32bit (x86). It also means the 64bit version of programs and even games can be run better/more efficiently for the same reasons.

just go 64 - you have 4gb ram for a start.

jackvdbuk;6620913

just go 64 - you have 4gb ram for a start.


i believe windows 7 32bit reads 4gb of ram now likewise vista 32bit does with the latest update.

X64 is more secure, thats the main reason people should be installing it.

loads of info here - I've gone for the 32bit version

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Babbabooey;6620869

Why do you want to install the 64-bit? There is no point unless you have … Why do you want to install the 64-bit? There is no point unless you have really good reasons (and hopefully not just so you can see that extra half gig of memory) The fact that you are asking for advice on which one to install also leads me to believe you don't need 64-bit.Personally i'd stick with 32-bit.


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I think if you don't understand the question you shouldn't post brah.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

karenhornby;6620950

X64 is more secure, thats the main reason people should be installing it.



Er.... That's wrong. Being 64 bit does not make your system any more secure than if it was 32 bit.

vibeone;6620963

[SIZE="2"][FONT="Century Gothic"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]I think if you don't … [SIZE="2"][FONT="Century Gothic"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]I think if you don't understand the question you shouldn't post brah.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]



So why have you posted?

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awoodhall2003;6620930

i believe windows 7 32bit reads 4gb of ram now likewise vista 32bit does … i believe windows 7 32bit reads 4gb of ram now likewise vista 32bit does with the latest update.



[SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][FONT="Century Gothic"]That may be true (I think it is), but it still can't access more than 4gb of total memory (including GPU and others). It will detect correctly, but not use it.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]

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Babbabooey;6620979

So why have you posted?



[SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][FONT="Century Gothic"]Sir that response is right up there with 'I know you are you said you are so what am I'.

You clearly don't understand the differences between 32 and 64 bit, so I was just politely asking you to leave it to other more knowledgeable people like me.

It's nothing personal.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]

you might have ome compatibility issues is 64bit and there's no particular advantage based on that spec. but the 64bit is the way forward and you'll want it if you upgrade in the future. if you don't own any particularly old hardware or need to run some weird software then you're probably good with 64bit and windows 7 has a virtual 32bit xp with it to run old stuff, so you're probably best with that version.

vibeone;6620996

[SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][FONT="Century Gothic"]Sir that response is … [SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"][FONT="Century Gothic"]Sir that response is right up there with 'I know you are you said you are so what am I'.You clearly don't understand the differences between 32 and 64 bit, so I was just politely asking you to leave it to other more knowledgeable people like me.It's nothing personal.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]



haha, you are funny vb, keep up the jokes.
I am yet to see you give a valid answer to the OP, but keep trying sunshine.

Why exactly should a general computer user install 64 bit over 32 bit? Please tell us all the benefits that they as a user of Word, excel, internet, gain?

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[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]This thread is very simple to answer:

If you can use x64 (have drivers, software to support it), you should do so. If you are unable to use x64 for some reason, x32 will be fine for a good few years yet.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

64-bit version. 32-bit will be end of life before too long, disadvantages of 64-bit are very minor these days and advantages will grow to be quite big. There is more to it than just being able to address over 3.5GB of ram...

vibeone;6620983

[SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue][FONT=Century Gothic]That may be true (I think … [SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue][FONT=Century Gothic]That may be true (I think it is), but it still can't access more than 4gb of total memory (including GPU and others). It will detect correctly, but not use it.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]


yeah i read it somewhere...although i did wonder whether it would actually use it due to the way 32bit is engineered and addresses memory.
Clearly its just another false selling point so that they can show there truely is 4gb for example in a system!

bruffterman;6621002

you might have ome compatibility issues is 64bit and there's no … you might have ome compatibility issues is 64bit and there's no particular advantage based on that spec. but the 64bit is the way forward and you'll want it if you upgrade in the future. if you don't own any particularly old hardware or need to run some weird software then you're probably good with 64bit and windows 7 has a virtual 32bit xp with it to run old stuff, so you're probably best with that version.


in windows 7 all 32bit software installs perfectly on 64bit system anyways...or ive had no problems as of yet and ive got CS4, SPSS, and a few other good software packages installed. Also CS4 uses 64bit and can see the difference sometimes.

Id just install 64bit means no messing around if you decide to upgrade it later, and 64bit if the future, or of course could dual boot 32 and 64bit to see any difference...

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vibeone;6620858

[FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue]you bought a PC from a … [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue]you bought a PC from a shop? Oh dear.Go x64... It's super! (and if you don't - that lovely 4gb of memory is pointless[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


cheaper than buying the parts seperately and no hassle ;-)
Babbabooey;6620869

Why do you want to install the 64-bit? There is no point unless you have … Why do you want to install the 64-bit? There is no point unless you have really good reasons (and hopefully not just so you can see that extra half gig of memory) The fact that you are asking for advice on which one to install also leads me to believe you don't need 64-bit.Personally i'd stick with 32-bit.


nothing to do with ram. Just thought 64bit means faster all round as long as the programs can handle it.

why did we ever switch from 8 bit upwards if it was just to SEE extra ram?

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anyway, my question wasnt to do with the comparisons between the architectures. It was whether my new PC is optimised to make use of the 64 bit programming.

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jah128;6621015

64-bit version. 32-bit will be end of life before too long, … 64-bit version. 32-bit will be end of life before too long, disadvantages of 64-bit are very minor these days and advantages will grow to be quite big. There is more to it than just being able to address over 3.5GB of ram...


exactly what I believed hence asking whether my PC is suitable for putting on the x64 windows version :thumbsup:

repped :-D

Given that Microsoft are looking towards 128bit for the successor to Windows 7 I think there's a lot of indication that 32bit will be a thing of the past before too long as jah128 mentioned. With 64bit you'll find that things like drivers are more robust than the 32bit versions meaning that 64bit will be a more stable platform!

64bit is slightly more secure. Plus your system is compatible so to me its a no brainer.

So can someone advise me which version to go for please?
http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/9610/combie.jpg

I'm guessing 32bit...

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csiman;6621298

cheaper than buying the parts seperately and no hassle ;-)


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Maybe, but unbranded components, single warranty = bad times.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]

csiman;6621298

nothing to do with ram. Just thought 64bit means faster all round as long … nothing to do with ram. Just thought 64bit means faster all round as long as the programs can handle it.why did we ever switch from 8 bit upwards if it was just to SEE extra ram?



The system can run the 64-bit version (very few now that can't) although there's no all round performance improvement aside from being able to use large amounts of ram. Applications that have been compiled natively for 64-bit may show some performance improvement but general performance may be slightly lower as applications need more memory to store the same amount of data.

The other noticeable downside is possible lack of compatibility, 32 bit software will run on 64 bit (although can be problematic) but 32 bit drivers cannot. However I've been quite surprised with the lack of problems running 64 bit bar some older bits of hardware that understandably don't have any modern support.

John

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Johnmcl7;6622388

The system can run the 64-bit version (very few now that can't) although … The system can run the 64-bit version (very few now that can't) although there's no all round performance improvement aside from being able to use large amounts of ram. Applications that have been compiled natively for 64-bit may show some performance improvement but general performance may be slightly lower as applications need more memory to store the same amount of data.The other noticeable downside is possible lack of compatibility, 32 bit software will run on 64 bit (although can be problematic) but 32 bit drivers cannot. However I've been quite surprised with the lack of problems running 64 bit bar some older bits of hardware that understandably don't have any modern support.John


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You'd be hard pressed to find 32bit software that won't run on 64bit these days - unless drivers are involved - which could including cd burning software / antivirus[/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR]

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vibeone;6622018

[SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue][FONT=Century Gothic]Maybe, but unbranded … [SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue][FONT=Century Gothic]Maybe, but unbranded components, single warranty = bad times.[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]


thats rubbish imho

never ever had a pc part fail on me, except a 7 year old hdd which was expected considering the abuse it had gone through (heavy heavy user)

:-D

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csiman;6623234

thats rubbish imhonever ever had a pc part fail on me, except a 7 year … thats rubbish imhonever ever had a pc part fail on me, except a 7 year old hdd which was expected considering the abuse it had gone through (heavy heavy user):-D



[FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="2"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]As long as you know I think you're talking rubbish as well... fair play to you [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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vibeone;6623345

[FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue]As long as you know I think … [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=RoyalBlue]As long as you know I think you're talking rubbish as well... fair play to you [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]


I;m just going from experience. PC components are very robust. :thumbsup:

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just an update

pc arrived yesterdat and installed 64bit win7

everything works perfectly and so fast (converts a 90min avi film to dvd in 15mins!)

no problems with any drivers / software except lotus organiser 97 didnt work (hardly surprising really - still havent found a better free organsier since 1997 if anyone has any tips).
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