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Solved: Is 64-bit Win 7 okay on non multi-core system?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by DiGiTY, Apr 15, 2010.

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  1. DiGiTY

    DiGiTY Thread Starter

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    I'm debating whether to install 64 bit or 32 bit version of Windows 7 on a relatively old system (Dell Dimension E510 with 3.0 GHz P4, 64-bit capable, 2 MB L2 cache). The user is mainly going to use it for browsing the web, iTunes, Facebook, the usual. I know 64-bit Win 7 and Vista has already started to hit the consumer mainstream so I guess I don't have to worry about driver and software incompatibility and stability for her. I do worry that since the CPU may be a first generation consumer 64-bit capable CPU and not a dual-core that she won't she much gain in performance over 32-bit.

    Any ideas on this?
     
  2. Squashman

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    The processor is certainly fast enough but how much RAM does the computer have?
     
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    It should work all right, but why? The things you mentioned don't require much "performance".

    32-bit applications still run in a 64-bit system.
     
  4. DiGiTY

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    I don't know yet, 2 GB of memory minimum, 4 GB if it works with some other memory I have laying around.

    @Elvandil: my thing is if it can handle it then why not max it out to it's full potential regardless of it's intended use, especially with old computers like this... get as much life out of it as you can... I guess I just answered my own question... 64-bit it is...

    Thanks everyone
     
  5. antech

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    It will be OK
    But dont expect a throttled performance.
     
  6. DiGiTY

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    Ya, I thought about it for a couple of days and I'm gonna wipe the 64-bit installation and install 32-bit instead. I won't be supporting this machine after installation so I figured it'll be easier for the owner to troubleshoot issues on a 32-bit OS than a 64-bit OS on her own.


    Thanks again.
     
  7. antech

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    If you have got a satisfactory answer to your question,
    then please mark this thread as solved.
     
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    I have a similar system like one you're working on... Pentium 4, 3ghz and installed windows 7 ultimate 64bit. it runs fine. my only suggestion is make sure Ram is 2gb minimum.
     
  9. antech

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    1GB is NOT the minimum requirement for windows 7.
    512M is!
    It would just run fine on a pc with 1GB RAM.
    See my specs(Acer Aspire 5100)
     
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    It should be made ILLEGAL to sell computers today or even in the last 3 yrs with less than 1GB Ram.
    Reason is that we walk into stores attracted with the 'sale' of a Vista installed computer with 512mb ram
    unknowingly the 'minimum' that is only going to be a frustrating experience waiting for pages to open when on internet or downloading something.
    You buy this 'Multitasking computer' with 512mb ram thats multitasking with frustratingly slow experience. Then you end up paying a technician to diagnose and tell you that you need to buy more ram.
     
  12. antech

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    Thats a sensible thought.
    The Windows Experience Index should be minimum of 3.0
    Only PC with 3.0 WEI should be sold in stores
     
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