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    Default Vista 32 vs Vista 64, whats better?

    Recently built a new PC, It was first build, and have currently installed vista 32 purely because im am a total retard and computer illeterate, I didnt even know that 64bt existed. Based on my computer and its parts can n e one tell me if I should upgrade to 64? If yes then why, and in what way will this optimise my system? Thank everyone and I apologise for my lack of knowledge

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    No apology necessary, nobody was born a computer expert

    Your system specs are very good, but since you're running 2 gigs of RAM and I'm assuming this rig is for gaming, etc then you don't really need to go to Vista 64-bit. 32-bit will do just fine unless you plan on putting in something like 8 gigs of RAM.

    Just make sure you have Service Pack 1 installed for Vista.

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    As Skyguy said, if a game rig you don't really need to upgrade to 64bit. You need a minimum of 4gb of ram for 64bit OS, some of ultility software or old hardware driver won't run under 64bit Windows. So check for compability first before you consinder upgrading.

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    I've used both Vista x86 and x64, and in my experiences, x64 is more stable, runs quick, has excellent compatability as I've run into VERY FEW compatability issues with games, utilities, etc. With MS's WOW64/32, 32-bit compatability is awesome, it's been used since MS went x64 and has only gotten better imo. I went x64 because I wanted to fully utilize 4GB of RAM for gaming and see what DX10 was worth. Well DX10 isn't anything that will change the way we game, but x64 definately opened up my mind to better stability, with a still very fast and compatable system

    I have about 3 dozen games installed atm, all work, some are older, most are fairly new...most are DX9 games tho. Sure benches are a little lower in some instances, but performance degredation doesn't seem to be an issue anymore.

    I'd say go for Vista x64 if thinking of going Vista...4GB of RAM is fast becoming the norm, while Vista x86 SP1 may detect and tell you that there's 4GB of RAM installed, it can't correctly utilize it where-as in my findings Vx64 does a great job...it uses my RAM, and that's what I like it to do.

    My gaming performance is great! Really the only program I had issues with was Aquamark3, but that was an ALL MS x64OS issue, well there's a patch for that now...can't really think of others. My primary role on this rig is gaming...I've worked hard and spent a good chunk to ensure I have good gaming performance whether XP or Vista...and really thanks to a good friend recommending Vista x64, I feel no need to go back to Xp for any reason...I have had an awesome experience thus far, which is a 180 from what I experienced with Vista x86 pre-SP1 last year.

    Hope that helps! Remember these are just my opinions from my experience, ymmv.

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    Interestingly enough, 32-bit Vista is very stable regardless of how the 64-bit works. If the 64-bit is even better, than that is impressive. I'll probably move to 64-bit for my next major upgrade/test rig. With DDR2 so cheap, I would love to run 8 gigs, but my next system will undoubtedly be DDR3 so that kinda sucks. But I believe that 64-bit as the standard OS of choice for Windows is on the horizon. My guess is Windows 7 will be where it starts to finally become mainstream, as the need for more RAM will increase and there won't be many drawbacks to go with 64-bit by that time. This isn't the crappy 64-bit XP we've all heard nightmares about, nowadays 64-bit is well supported.


    Bottom line: 32-bit is a good solution, but 64-bit is the wave of the future and if you can fully take advantage of the benefits of 64-bit then just ride the wave now

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    I use my 32 bit Vista more than my 64 bit vresion. But im sure in the near future this will change. In the months ive been using Vista its been an easy ride with hardly if any problems. When i upgrade im gonna make sure i get the most out of my new processorand this will include using a 64 bit OS.

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    I think x86 will still be most used even beyond Windows 7, but the ability for x64 to grow is there...like I said before, I've had a much better experience overall with Vista x64 in comparison to x86, I noticed no performance degredation, all my games run smooth and fast, I have no real complaints. I'm interested to see how much of Vista is truly used/tuned for Windows 7 (at least last I read the Vista kernel is in Windows 7).

    I think if someone wants to try Vista x64, there is no real reson to hesitate imo...espeically with better driver support and overall support, it's a good experience!

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