64-bit and RAM questions
I'm running Windows XP 64-bit with 8 GB of DDR2 ram with an AMD Athlon 64, quad core cpu.
A lot of the applications I use are very processor and memory intensive, which is really starting to bog down my computer.
I'm looking to upgrade soon but not sure what I should upgrade.
Most of the programs I use are in Program Files x86. Does this mean they are 32-bit programs, but 64-bit compatible and will only use a certain amount of available RAM?
When my computer is really thrashing and juggling a few programs, there is still 2-4 GB of RAM available.
Would Windows 7 be better equipped at handling applications and RAM association? Would adding RAM have any affect? Or, would I be better off upgrading to a newer, faster processor?
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.