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32 bit vs. 64 bit

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i have a 32 bit vista ultimate running, is it worth upgrading to a 64 bit ??
will i see much of a performance boost ??

(i plan on upgrading my system, my mobo would be p5k deluxe)
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if you already bought the 32-bit edition, i don't think it would be worth it unless you need to run 64-bit apps
post #3 of 30
The Ultimate disk, if retail, should come with x64 in addition to x86.
If you have OEM, you're going to have to buy an x64 disk.

It really depends what you're working with. If you're gonna run 64-bit games and productivity software, then go for x64. If you're gonna run your same old 32-bit software, you will notice a performance decrease. At least i did when i used to use XP x64. I noticed slower Super Pi scores, 3D Mark scores and about 10FPS loss average.

So if you're gonna use 64-bit software, sure, go ahead and use x64. But if you're using 32-bit software, no reason to sacrifice compatibility and performance just to say, "Aha! I've got a 64-bit OS!" Might as well wait for x64 to become mainstream if that's the case.
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
The Ultimate disk, if retail, should come with x64 in addition to x86.
If you have OEM, you're going to have to buy an x64 disk.

It really depends what you're working with. If you're gonna run 64-bit games and productivity software, then go for x64. If you're gonna run your same old 32-bit software, you will notice a performance decrease. At least i did when i used to use XP x64. I noticed slower Super Pi scores, 3D Mark scores and about 10FPS loss average.

So if you're gonna use 64-bit software, sure, go ahead and use x64. But if you're using 32-bit software, no reason to sacrifice compatibility and performance just to say, "Aha! I've got a 64-bit OS!" Might as well wait for x64 to become mainstream if that's the case.
thx, think ill stick with 32 bit for now; left rep
post #5 of 30
yeah stick with 32 for now.

i just went over to 64, and all i have found are disadvantages with 32 bit only programs refusing to install
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i just went over to 64, and all i have found are disadvantages with 32 bit only programs refusing to install
x86 programs have no problems running in an x64 environment. However, if any x86 program requires a software driver you will need the x64 equivilent. This applies to programs such as Antivirus's, Virtual Drives, etc.
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see the thing is in order to get 4GB of RAM on my system, i would need a 64 bit; what type of programs are refusing to install? would a driver download fix the problem?
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i went straight in with vista home 64 premium. nothing worked - norton av, ntune, divx, winamp - allsorts. most games seemed ok but most of mine are pretty old. am back with xp pro 32 for now, may step back in a few months, but only when i start hearing a lot of goot things about x64, or i need to for specific apps.
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64 is not worth it...Had Xp 64 and was ok...the latest service pack fixed all the problems but was just disappointed because it cost me twice a normal windows OS and had no benefits
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im talkin about vista 64 bit though
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