Windows 7 x86 or x64?

By juanchacin
Sep 21, 2011
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  1. Greetings folks, I will go straight to the point, I have always used 32-bit operating systems (x86) but lately I've considered making the leap to 64bit.
    My fear of change to 64bit lies in 2 factors, "loss of performance and compatibility issues."

    -I would like some opinions based on your own experiences on the subject, I mainly use the PC for, games, video editing (Adobe ® Premier), image editing (Adobe ® Photoshop), reproduction of A/V and office .

    Info of my PC for reference.
    CPU: Q6600@3.2
    RAM: 3Gb
    GPU: SLI GTX 260

    In advance thanks to those who respond.
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    I think we're well past the point of x64 compatibility issues for games, Photoshop, Office, etc.
    Not really sure why there would be a loss of performance?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    I think there were some performance comparisons done with games on 32bit vs 64bit when Vista 64 came out that showed around a 1% performance loss running a 32bit game in Vista 64 over Vista 32. So that may be the performance loss he's talking about. 1% shouldn't matter that much, if its even 'real' anymore.

    There really is no reason to not use 7 64bit if you are wanting to install 7 and have a 64bit processor.

    There is also a sticky at the top of this subforum addressing whether you should install 64bit or 32bit Windows 7.

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