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What exatcly are the pro's and con's....

Software support I was hearing is a major issue. Some thing's just WONT install....

HOWEVER. I have a 64 bit processor, and I kinda wan to use the full power of it.

I read that XP 64-Bit recognizes 128GB or ram.....legit or no?
    
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I read that XP 64-Bit recognizes 128GB or ram.....legit or no?
Legit, and as far as I know, x86 is much more stable/easier to find drivers for/setup than the 64bit version, but I have also heard that once you do get the 64bit working correctly it is a little quicker..
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64-Bit OS can recognize more memory since they have a LOT LOT more possible memory addresses. The OS actually imposes an artifical limit on memory size. They assume that you will not ever need 17,179,869,184GB of RAM. However, most standard non-server motherboards support only 4GB and some up to 8GB. That will be your main cause of memory limits (and the cost of all that RAM).

The unfortunate issue is that most companies are very very very slow to provide 64-bit support for their software and drivers. Servers software has been quick to adopt 64-bit due to its high memory requirements. However, no one is really pushing for 64-bit adoption for single users. 64-bit software can be faster than 32-bit if the software was optimized. Otherwise, it still maybe just running at 32-bit in a 64bit OS.
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I dont care if my programs run as 32 bit.... just want to install a 2 x 2gb ram kits, and have all 4 gigs recognized, and distributed equally through out the PC
    
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I dont care if my programs run as 32 bit.... just want to install a 2 x 2gb ram kits, and have all 4 gigs recognized, and distributed equally through out the PC
So again... yes, 64-bit OS will allow you to utilize all 4GB. However, not everything will run and some apps will be extra buggy. What do you need to run that requires 4GB?
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I think theres a little tweak in the boot.ini to make XP see 4GB... I remember reading that but haven't been able to implement it yet.
    
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I thought there was a tweak too.... www.tweakxp.com er something ( I love that site )

I'm going into school fo graphic design.... hence my new build I posted in another thread. I willb e living on campus, and me being a social shut in ( nerd heh ) I want to be able to game as well.... and NOT have any stupid lagg. Lagg = smashing components for me.

So unless I can get REALLY high end memory in the new setup ( 2gb high end = holy expensive ) Im looking at getting 4 gigs of DDR2 .... PC4000 equivilant... DDR2 8000 I think?
    
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I use the following in the following implementations:
XP x86 - Good for pretty much every computer; desktop, gaming - standards-based, no problem running anything
XP x64 - Cheap extra performance at the cost of driver and program support; laptop - cheap, portable, and fast
2003 x86 - Expensive extra performance, almost as fast as XP x64, but has all the driver support of XP x86, but loses the pretty effects. DirectX and sound support disabled! Not for gaming!; Socket A 32-bit server - fast and pretty compatible with drivers
2003 x64 - Expensive extreme performance, upsides of both 2003 x86 and XP x64, only good for extreme performance, where you build the server around the OS; Newer 64-bit servers - Don't expect to find this OS very usable, but on the other end of HTTP it can work wonders!
I use Linux as well and other flavors of Windows, too, but those don't have anything to do with this discussion. I hope I have helped with my first-hand experiences.

P.S. for those who might not know, 2003 is short for Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
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I want to be able to game as well.... and NOT have any stupid lagg. Lagg = smashing components for me.
Once you have 2GB of memory, any lagging is NOT a result of your memory. Let's say you need to carry a 1.5 gallons of water in 2gal bucket. You don't gain anything getting 4gal bucket and you might actually hurt your performance. What game needs 2GB? Lag is most often caused by network connection, video card bottleneck, or processor bottleneck.
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Many games need 2GB... or shall I say many games use up to all of your available ram when running XP. If yer a serious gamer you need 1.5-2GB RAM.
    
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