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Upgrading from a 32 bit processor to a 64 bit one


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#1 Forbiddenone

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:19 PM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/w4XUP6TUp4Es0eEVEw0B7mJ

Specs

Manual

What type(s) of RAM are compatible with my MB?

Edited by Forbiddenone, 03 May 2014 - 02:37 AM.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 05:55 PM

??

 

You've provided a speccy link for a system that already has a 64 bit CPU:

 

CPU

 
Intel Core2 Extreme CPU Q6850 @ 3.00GHz
 
Instructions: 
MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, Intel 64, NX, VMX

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Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:48 PM

Which means your hardware is ready to go but you'll have to re-install Windows.  Moving to 64-bit requires a clean install so don't forgot to back up EVERYTHING.  Unless you're planning on increasing your system RAM it may not be worth the effort.


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Posted 02 May 2014 - 10:51 PM

The--- the what what now? Seriously?

What the hell, why did this come with 32 bit windows then?

Granted, it's my own fault (ignorance), but still.

Okay thanks >_<.

*edit*

That said, is there anything I should know when upgrading my memory?

The last time I was involved in buying memory sticks, I remember there being several types. Are there potential compatability issues?

Edited by Forbiddenone, 02 May 2014 - 11:41 PM.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 06:37 AM

If you stay @32 your ram is limited to 4 gigs 3.5 usable, 64 bit opens the door to much higher amounts.  You can plug in your board specs on most all ram producers sites, they will tell you what you can use.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:40 AM

You asked about RAM compatibility: You're running DDR2 400 now, and it looks like you've got all four RAM slots filled with 1GB modules so you'll have to replace some (if not all) of your existing memory to make room.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 10:48 AM

Some say the sweet spot is 8 Gig, if you go that route use 2X4 to take advantage of dual channel.


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Posted 03 May 2014 - 04:20 PM

Some say the sweet spot is 8 Gig, if you go that route use 2X4 to take advantage of dual channel.

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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:15 PM

Also, for reasons beyond my comprehension I have 32 bit Windows 8 installed.
I want to get from where I am now to a point where I have a dual boot set up with 32 bit Windows 8 and 64 bit Windows 8.
What is the least complicated/painful/incomprehensible way of doing so :P?

Some say the sweet spot is 8 Gig, if you go that route use 2X4 to take advantage of dual channel.

I'm going to assume that means I should go into the store and buy two sticks of 4GB dance dance revolution 2 ddr2 ram, pull out all of my current ram and stick in those two in adjacent slots.

Edited by Forbiddenone, 05 May 2014 - 04:17 PM.


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 04:28 PM

This is getting even more confusing!  Dual boot Win8 32 & 64 bit, leaves me thinking!


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 10:13 PM

This is getting even more confusing!  Dual boot Win8 32 & 64 bit, leaves me thinking!

I just have some old programs that I'd like to be able to run, that may not run in VirtualBox.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:14 PM

Is this true?
 
No, a motherboard will only be compatible with one type of RAM
How about this?

DDR3 isn't worth it right now anyway. DDR2 1066 will outperform DDR3 1200, and DDR2 1200 will outperform DDR3 1333. Only DDR3 1600 shows any real performance gain, and it's *expensive*.
 
Regardless, I can't use DDR3, right?  And I should be able to use whatever variety of DDR2 I can find?
*edit*
Why do pairs of 4GB DDR2 sticks have such a huge price range?

*edit #2*

Hmm, I went to two different ram manufacturers and both of them recommended several ram sticks to me, but nothing over 2GB. Is it possible that my MB won't take sticks over 2GB?

Edited by Forbiddenone, 06 May 2014 - 04:38 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2014 - 02:12 PM

My only question is...just what has transpired to make you believe that you need to fool around with any aspect of your system?

 

What's the goal?  What's the expected payoff?

 

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Edited by hamluis, 11 May 2014 - 06:33 PM.
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Posted 09 May 2014 - 05:22 PM

My only question is...just what has transpired to make you believe that you need to fool around with any aspect of your system?
 
What's the goal?  What's the expedted payoff?
 
Louis

TBH it was a lot of factors that all added up.

I was having video card problems for a long time and some investigation pointed to something physical (at the very least reformatting and reinstalling everything didn't seem to help, changing the drivers didn't seem to help, and the problems were frequent enough to be annoying but not frequent enough for me to ... hell it's a long story ;P).

That said, I didn't really care until recently when my sound card failed, and then I found that Galciv3 REQUIRES 64 bit, and I thought, **** it, I may as well get off my ass and upgrade this stuff (my computer is quite old)... but then I realized that I have a fair amount of stuff that won't run properly in a 64 bit environment (mostly older games and such that I like to break out once in a while... and here we are.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 11:51 PM

Are you sure galciv3 requires 64 bit windows? That would be bizarre. Chances are you don't need to be doing anything here.






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