Hardware Upgrading... Is Windows 7 32 bit Enough For Heavy Gaming?

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  1. Alpherior

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    I'm upgrading my silly hardware computer to a good hardware computer (I don't have the specs, but it will be quad core with a good graphics card, motherboard, and 4gb ram), however I want to know if I can play intense games like Crysis, Bulletstorm, etc. with a Windows 32 bit OS.

    I'd like to stay with Windows 32 bit because, honestly, it takes about 3 days to a week just to get all my settings, programs, and everything else back to how it should be.

    I know Windows 7 32 bit limits ram usage to 3.5G, so what I want to know is, would that be enough ram to run those really intense games... at highest settings... with a good frame rate?

    I've had little luck finding these answers around the internet because I get such a variatey of answers.
     
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    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    The short answer is yes. Just remember if you want to run the game at high resolutions then make sure your graphics card has plenty of onboard RAM.
    I've gamed quite happily on 3GB of RAM for a while now so you'll be fine. I did have a post somewhere showing a article by Toms hardware where they tested how much RAM was needed and 3-4GB was fine for gaming and everyday tasks. If I find it i'll post back.

    Happy gaming.. :)


    Edit: This might interest you: http://windows7forums.com/hardware/19933-how-much-ram-does-your-graphics-card-really-need.html
     
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    Thanks for the REALLY quick response, but I have a few questions.

    First off, what kind of fps do you get exactly when playing highly intensive games with your amount of ram? I know video card/processor is virtually what forms the fps, but I'd still like to know.

    Also, How much ram is usually used when playing THE AVERAGE HIGH-GRAPHICS GAME WITH HIGH SETTINGS, and how much free ram is there usually when you are gaming and/or just doing whatever on your computer?
     
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    FPS depends really on the card used but for example my factory overclocked 5870 runs at between 100fps to 55fps in Crysis 2 with all settings maxed out.
    A handy chart for VGA can be found here: Guru3D VGA Charts
    RAM used is around 2GB leaving enough for background apps ect..
     
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    He,he found the article. Checkout the conclusion:
    Full article can be found here:http://windows7forums.com/hardware/13372-how-much-ram-do-you-actually-need.html
     
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    Thanks, and thanks for the article too. I'm really happy to hear that I can just upgrade my hardware without spending a couple decades restoring my computer to it's original state after a 64 bit install.

    I can't wait to play all the games.

    All of them.
     

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