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Old September 26, 2009, 08:07 PM
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Yeah I wouldn't suggest buying a 32bit OS at this point, unless your CPU doesn't support 64bit.

64bit is quickly becoming the standard now. Most OEMs are already using x64 Vista, and I'm sure they'll carry over into Windows 7.
Yeap it now seems to be the "standard"......is not 64 Bit also DX10 ...in other words 32 Bit means DX9 only...?...
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Old September 26, 2009, 08:52 PM
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heh, regardless with what people say about x64 os i always prefer 32bit. As when i was using 64bit there always seem to be some driver problems

with 32bit its always smooth sailing.

i pretty much won't bother with 64bit os unless i can use all 3gb of the ram on my 32bit.
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Yeap it now seems to be the "standard"......is not 64 Bit also DX10 ...in other words 32 Bit means DX9 only...?...
DX10 runs under 32bit and 64bit Vista, same goes for DX11 in Windows 7.
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heh, regardless with what people say about x64 os i always prefer 32bit. As when i was using 64bit there always seem to be some driver problems
That's rather hard to come by these days. Pretty much everything recent has x64 drivers. Only really old printers/scanners probably don't, and in which case, you should just grab a new one once the ink runs dry.

And iTunes 9 has proper x64 support now I hear. So really, should be 0 issues with running x64 driver wise.
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64bit OS is way harder on memory. Everytime you run an application that is 32bit it has to run WOW64 to handle the 32 bit emulation.

In my opinion, and I would love to be proven wrong simply to never see a 32bit OS again and move forward, is that if you have 32 bit applications and under 4 gigs of ram, then a 32 bit OS is going to be superior if all else is equal.

From what I've read though there are a few instances where WOW64 can help 32 bit programs when lots of memory is available, but the emulation still slows it down to an extent.

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And iTunes 9 has proper x64 support now I hear. So really, should be 0 issues with running x64 driver wise.
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Oh joy! *GAG*
hey, some of us need itunes for our phones!
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And iTunes 9 has proper x64 support now I hear. So really, should be 0 issues with running x64 driver wise.
you mean x64 vista right? doesn't seem to support x64 XP until i do a little bit of fixing .
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Old September 27, 2009, 09:35 AM
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DX10 runs under 32bit and 64bit Vista, same goes for DX11 in Windows 7.
Yeah thanks JDROM ....I was confusing that with 32 Bit XP....

As for Driver Issues I have had none at all since moving to 64 Bit last Feb...even found and instaled 64 Bit driver for my 3 yr old Brother Printer....
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Hi, I just built my PC and I'm looking for an OS.

Gaming wise, is 64bit a big upgrade from 32 bit?

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the only time a 64bit OS is beneficial for gaming is you have either:

a) a game that has 64bit suupport whch very few do
b) a graphics card that has more than 1gb of memory.

Otherwise you are still limited by 2gb address limit of software written in 32bit code
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Oh joy! *GAG*
lol, I don't own any Apple products TYVM. My brother does so thus why I kind of need to know.

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you mean x64 vista right? doesn't seem to support x64 XP until i do a little bit of fixing .
Well XP x64 was a failure from the start IMO and still really lacks support. It never became mainstream and very few people used it.
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Personally I think MS should have stopped making 32-bit OSes w/ Win7. I've been using 64-bit OSes since Win XP 64-bit and I've had so few issues there has been no point going to a 32-bit.

And iTunes as of 9.0.1 it still a 32-bit application.
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