Originally Posted by Rock Chalk
No. High end RAM is not crucial but going bottom of the barrel is usually unwise. with RAM I generally go somewhere in the middle.
By bottom/middle/high you mean 800/1066/1333 ... those speed rates?
Originally Posted by Alec
Since you are building, get 64 bit hardware. None of the 32 bit systems recognize more than 4 GB of RAM but the 64 bit systems do.
My mobo is 64-bit capable, and all CPU's I'm considering are 64-bit capable. That leaves just W7? Or do Ram and/or graphics cards and/or something else require 64-bit capability?
Nutshell why 64-bit is better?
Just to be certain, 64-bit is 100%
software backwards compatible, right? I would SO hate to get everything set up but then have it reject installation of some important program I need ... and I have some older programs that are essential.