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Old September 26, 2009, 03:14 PM
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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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Old September 26, 2009, 03:40 PM
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Old September 26, 2009, 03:42 PM
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If you have less than 4gb of memory then definately don't look at 64bit
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Old September 26, 2009, 04:22 PM
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If you have less then 4GB of ram installed in your computer then you gain no advantage in 64bit over 32bit. 64bit just allows your computer to address more then 4GB of ram
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If your computer can handle 64bit (my laptop cant for example) then it is worth while getting. It doesnt matter how much ram, or infact anything else. 64>32
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Old September 26, 2009, 04:34 PM
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ah ok thanks.

I guess Ill get a 64bit cuz ill prolly get 6gigs of ram later
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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.
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Yeah, don't get a 32-Bit OS, I'm a gamer and I use 64-Bit Vista Home Premium with 6Gigs of RAM and it works like a dream!
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Having 4GB+ RAM isn't the only reason to go with a 64-bit o/s. Multicore processors will be utilized to their full potential since they are 64-bit and certain data encryption routines can be handled better. At a hardware level it would be better to go 64-bit as long as their are drivers to support it.

As for games/apps there can be some improvement in performance in relation to hardware but generally the software needs to be specifically written for 64-bit.

Imo, go with 64-bit to be future proof.
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