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Do i get windows 7 or 8.1 - 32bit or 64bit?

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2 years ago#1
So i want to do a fresh install on new hard drive cause my old comp is getting real slow.

I already bought the new 1TB drive. So whats left is which OS i should get?

The hardware in the case is,

Dell xps 420 mobo
Core 2Quad Q6600 2.4ghz
3GB ram
Sapphire HD7750

The Microsoft requirements say minimum 2gb for 64bit but i googled and ppl are saying only get 64bit of you have 4gb+. Does that mean I should get windows 7 or 8.1 at 32bit?
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2 years ago#2
Just get 64bit and Windows 8. If you hate Metro you can install a start menu and get the same but still superior experience to Windows 7.
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2 years ago#3
There's only a handful of reasons to run 32 bit OSes and if you had one of those reasons you'd likely already know that you needed a 32 bit OS. Those reasons are a piece of legacy software that you have to have only working in 32 bit, a professional application (a lot of software companies will only help you troubleshoot their software if you're using windows xp/7 32 bit professional), or only having a 32 bit processor. Situations 1 and 3 are pretty rare though and none of the three sound like your situation.

As for which OS to use, if you already have 7 I'd stick with it. If you're paying for one or the other already I'd go with 8.1.
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2 years ago#4
Make sure you can find 64 bit drivers first. If you can, no reason to bother with 32 bit.
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