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dairy hick
09-19-10, 08:45 AM
You guys here seem to know your stuff.:) I once again need your help, however. My parents want W7 installed on their S939 System, but it only has 2GB of RAM. The CPU is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+.

Should I go with the 32 bit install or the 64 bit install?

Thanks in advance!!!

ViN86
09-19-10, 09:16 AM
32-bit.

64-bit isn't really useful unless you have 4GB of RAM. Also, if it's for your parents, the majority of the software they use is probably 32-bit.

GIGARAM
09-19-10, 09:30 AM
Yeah i agree with vin86 32bit for the parents unless your upgrading there system anytime soon.

Lyme
09-19-10, 03:10 PM
64bit, because in four years when all the apps are 64bit you don't want to have to install again. That and 32bit doesn't support hardware DEP.

mullet
09-19-10, 10:06 PM
64bit

ViN86
09-19-10, 11:46 PM
64bit, because in four years when all the apps are 64bit you don't want to have to install again. That and 32bit doesn't support hardware DEP.

This is what people said 4 years ago.

nekrosoft13
09-20-10, 07:24 AM
with 2gb it might be a bit tough, but I would try get it up to 4gb and install 64bit.

since you asking for what version to install, i assume you will be doing maintance, when having multiple machines to maintain, its always better if they run same system

frenchy2k1
09-20-10, 12:09 PM
My vote is for 64 bits as there are little incompatibility and will be more future proof.
Win7 has the profile to survive as long as XP did, so better take a version that can survive that long too.

Yaboze
09-20-10, 12:10 PM
I'd say 32-bit only because:

1. Parents
2. AMD socket 939
3. 2GB

They don't need 64 bit and by the time they'd want it, they'd be replacing that system.

ir123
11-17-10, 09:58 AM
I'd go with 64 bit already. There's little reason not to and a few reasons to do. I've put linux x86_64 on a pentium4 with 2GB RAM before and didn't see much of a problem there. I didn't test it for a long time, but I never heard complaints from the person using it. Unless windows sucks that much, I doubt it will be a difference; it has the similar 32 compatibility subsystem. The major negative there is needing a copy of libraries for 32 bit, but it's really not that big of a deal.

LovingSticky
11-30-10, 02:12 PM
If you have 2GB installed and do not plan to upgrade it, there's no point in wasting RAM with both x86 and x64 versions of libraries loaded into memory.

betterdan
11-30-10, 08:49 PM
If he hasn't installed Windows by now he doesn't need it.

ir123
12-17-10, 11:20 AM
If you have 2GB installed and do not plan to upgrade it, there's no point in wasting RAM with both x86 and x64 versions of libraries loaded into memory.

The RAM issue with libraries is trivial and won't be noticed unless you're running below the absolute minimum requirements, which would be a problem regardless. The more significant issue is in the larger use of hard drive for all the dlls, but which get installed regardless of running 32 bit applications or not. But not just because they're installed (mostly by programs) does it mean they are loaded into RAM at all times; only when used, and the same thing happens on a 32 bit system. Furthermore, I believe windows ripped off linux and implemented something like sparse memory to diminish the 64 bit memory bloat.

Lyme
12-17-10, 02:58 PM
Ignoring everything else, I typically go with the least amount of work in the future. Installing the 64bit version means you don't have to reinstall or upgrade things any time soon.

atnguyen001
01-06-11, 02:47 AM
I think 32 or 64 you can install.
64 bit different when it's just better to support activities that only if you are on a 4GB RAM

john19055
01-22-11, 04:39 PM
If it just the parents and they just use it for web searching and emails and you just have 2gigs of memory I would just get the 32bit .

Rakeesh
01-29-11, 06:42 AM
On a system like yours I'd say definitely 32-bit. 64-bit requires more ram, more hard disk space, and tends to eat up more bandwidth on your system bus. Since you are only running 2gb I'd say you need as much ram as you can get especially.

64-bit is good for higher end systems that have plenty of memory and a higher bandwidth bus to begin with. With some apps (especially games) the extra speed provided by 64-bit precision is definitely better.

HiCZoK4
01-31-11, 05:05 PM
So would I benefit from installing 64 bit version ? other than being troublesome etc ?I think with my rig there is no point to leave 32bit behind yet right?