oeuvre wrote:mediate: I told you already, stop suggesting 32-bit versions of Windows! No educated customer in their right mind would get something with 4GB RAM or higher and a 32-bit OS!
mediate wrote:note that 64-bit will see more memory than 32-bit, but some older games may be incompatible.
Ergo, if you wish to use 4 GB of ram, you will go for 64 bit. Thank you Kablizzy, for that. I suspected that most W95 games would work with XP mode, but was not sure, as I don't require XP mode for any games. Back to pavel, I suggested that one specifically because it comes with WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL
and not HOME PREMIUM
because, as you most definitely know, HOME PREMIUM DOES NOT OFFER WITH XP MODE
. Thus, when having Windows 7 HOME PREMIUM 64-BIT, you are guaranteed issues with older apps and will either need to UPGRADE ($200 upgrade package for 7 professional, unless you are a university/college student in the US or Canada, in which case it's a lot cheaper) or get 32-bit. That clear enough? I specifically suggested WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL
there. If you wish to cheap out, go ahead, but I warned ahead of time. Next, it's a damn laptop. Even for games, you don't need more than 4 GB of RAM. Hell, I'll even risk it and say that for most
games you don't need more than 3 GB of RAM. Chances are, he already knows how much RAM he will need for his games. I suggested 4 GB because that's not only avoiding issues with most games that are out now, but also prepares for more intensive games that will come out in the future. Starcraft 2, which came out this year in JULY, requires 1GB of RAM at MINIMUM, and recommends 2 GB of RAM. If you are running games from the 90's and late 80's, you will almost certainly be using DOSBOX to run those games, which only has a 32 bit variant. This will work with 64-bit windows, as windows itself has a 32 bit emulation. It's only some
applications that you need windows XP mode. Finally, who in their right mind would ever buy more than 4 GB of RAM for their laptop? It's excessive. No need for it. If you know how to customize your installation and how to make it run efficiently, you don't need more than 4 GB for your laptop. Desktop, different. You may want to have more, depending on your usage. Servers, WAY different, especially if you plan on running VM's off of it. You will require much more RAM than just a measly 4 GB. But this is a laptop. Be serious! 4 GB is enough.
Make sure it's windows 7 professional and you won't have any problems with most
games and applications, no matter whether 64 or 32 bit.