Couple of questions before upgrade

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thefuzmixman

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Hey guys,

I'm an XP gamer about to upgrade to Windows 7 finally. I got a new video card and another stick of ram. I feel like I've got an adequate system to upgrade now. However, I've got questions before I tear the plastic open... I think can still send it back at this point. ;)

1.) Should I install the 32-bit or 64-bit version? Which will yield the best performance for my system?
2.) Will I see an improvement with my quad core? Will it be noticeable with gaming?
3.) Is all my hardware compatible with Windows 7? Do I have enough memory?
4.) Can 7 be tweaked for gaming the way XP can? (minimal services/visuals/processes etc)


Current setup:

core2quad Q6600 @ 2.8ghz cpu
ASUS v60 heatsink fan
XFX HD 5770 128-bit 1gb ddr5 (927/1300) vcard
MSI g31tm-p21 intel G31 chipset
PNY Optima 3gb dd2 800mhz
Western Digital 150gb 7200 rpm ATA hdd
Maxtor OneTouch 4 500gb external hd
SB Hush series 580w psu (single rail 12v 25a)
ASUS MS226 22" LCD monitor
Win XP Pro 32-bit SP2 (tweaked for gaming)
 
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1. Its up to you, the downside of 64bit is drivers, check to be sure there are 64bit drivers available for things like the motherboard, video card, printers, ect.. 32bit drivers will not work. Performance? some say there is an increase, some say none.

2. Not sure

3. Run the windows 7 upgrade advisor http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx\
You never stated how much memory you will have, 2gb minimum is recommended.

4. Services, yes, you need to be specific on the other tweaks.

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