whether to install WIN 7 64 Pro to an older system or buy nu

February 18, 2012 at 17:47:22
Specs: WIN XP 32, 2.13GHZ
I have WINDOWS XP 32 installed in an ASUS P5B-E Motherboard, using an Intel Core 2 Dual E6400 2.13 GHZ CPU, and Corsair PC5400 Pro RAM with a budget PCI-E video card. Would it be worth the time to try a new install with WINDOWS 7 64 in this system even if I boosted the RAM up to the DDR2 PC2 6400. Or, would it be better to go with a new hardware upgrade?
And does anybody have an idea as to how, if possible, I could use my Phoenix Flight SIM which is 32 bit on a 64 bit system- any tricks or hacks?

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February 18, 2012 at 18:52:29
- The E6400 is a 1066MHz FSB CPU. You should be running either DDR2-533 or DDR2-1066 RAM. PC5400 = DDR2-667, so you're already running the wrong RAM. PC6400 = DDR2-800, so that's wrong as well. Just keep your DDR2-667 & underclock it to 533MHz, that will put it in sync with the CPU & provide optimal performance.

- You didn't state how much RAM you have? Can't advise you about Win7 unless you list ALL your specs.

- You didn't state the make/model of your video card either. Gaming relies heavily on the graphics card. If the card is crap, the gaming experience will suck, & some games will be unplayable.

- 32-bit software works on either 32-bit or 64-bit systems. No tricks are required.

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February 18, 2012 at 19:32:49
thanks riider, for the response I am running the SAPPHIRE X700 PRO Radeon X700PRO 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card. I have/had 4 sticks of 512; but one stick just went bad. Now i'm just computing with 3 sticks.
The system is pretty old and I was debating on what to do. I was thinking about: getting into the i5 processor category, with the Asrock Z68 Extreme 3 1155 motherboard, Gskill Ripjaws 8GB RAM DDR3 1600, with a decent video card, since I was thinking about gaming.

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