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you people who are still on XP 32bit expect reviewer to waste time and effort to test old technology for you?

64bit is the way forward. in fact, there is no reason to install 32bit on newly built computers.

8GB is the amount to have. it's not just for an e-errection. it's really useful. i often have VMware allocated 3GB RAM + h.264 encoding + a game of my choice open without any lag for any of them. you cannot dismiss such thing if you have never tryed it.
You expect us to upgrade every three months? There's a pretty big difference between adding an extra 2x1GB kit to your rig for $20-$40 to help out performance a reasonable amount, and spending that much on RAM, then another $100 on the OS, and re-installing all your programs.

Yes, it's nice to point out for people building new rigs, but for those of us that might just be looking for a nice sub-$50 upgrade to tide us over for another year or so on our current machines might not actually feel the need to spend the time, effort, and money it takes to get a new OS up and running on your computer.

Another reason it would be nice to see Windows XP next to Vista is because Vista is known to use a lot of RAM (for good or bad is another debate, I'm not on either side here), but the gains seem from Windows XP might not be so great as they are in Vista 64-bit.
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the only thing stopping me getting 8Gb is that i own a 32 bit os.
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the only thing stopping me getting 8Gb is that i own a 32 bit os.
I think it costs $10 dollars but Microsoft will send you a 64bit copy of Vista.
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I think it costs $10 dollars but Microsoft will send you a 64bit copy of Vista.
that's a good point i forgot about that, last time i tried it the webpage loaded funny and i couldn't fill in the forms. I'll try again, thanks for reminding me.

Also, does anyone know if i will have to format my hard drive to upgrade to 64 bit? Or can i upgrade this one?
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that's a good point i forgot about that, last time i tried it the webpage loaded funny and i couldn't fill in the forms. I'll try again, thanks for reminding me.

Also, does anyone know if i will have to format my hard drive to upgrade to 64 bit? Or can i upgrade this one?
I tried upgrading mine to 64-bit, but it wouldn't let me, probably need to wipe and install.
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I tried upgrading mine to 64-bit, but it wouldn't let me, probably need to wipe and install.
darn, well that's not so bad. I knew i invested in 4 hard drives for a reason, lol.
post #37 of 71
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Actually, not so with Vista. If you get 8gb of RAM, I think Vista uses as much of it as it can to make your computer faster. That's why so many people think it's a memory whore ... it isn't just using all your RAM because it sucks, it's using it, because it is there.
You hit the nail right on the head. I've been trying to tell this to people for a couple years now.
 
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I have 4GB DDR3 and Vista 64, and loving every minute of both. Everything runs smoothly. I had some issues with 2GB, especially with the 64bit OS, but that all dissappeared once I had my 4GB. If I did any more than just play games on this machine, I might opt for 8GB.
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Use 2GB and Vista will idle with ~600MB, use 4GB and Vista will idle with ~1500MB, use 8GB and Vista will idle with over ~2300MB.
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that's a good point i forgot about that, last time i tried it the webpage loaded funny and i couldn't fill in the forms. I'll try again, thanks for reminding me.

Also, does anyone know if i will have to format my hard drive to upgrade to 64 bit? Or can i upgrade this one?
You have to overwrite the files because all of your files are 32bit. You can't just patch them sadly.
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