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I was wondering if i were to install the 64 bit windows would i have to find new drivers? also ive hear that you get a small performance boost when running it is it true?
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Yes you will need new drivers. You can usually find them at your part manufacturer's website. I'm not sure about the boost in performance. You'll have to do some researching for some benchmarks on the validity of that fact.
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I would bet my money on SIGNIFICANT LOSS IN PERFORMANCE. Seriously, you are going to run most likely BETA or unstable drivers and 64 bit really does nothing for you under 8GB of ram (maybe 4GB).
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You'll have to find the drivers and things like alcohol 120 won't work in 64 bit environments.

I have run 64 bit, and its the same speed as 32 bit windows. ATI (and nvidia? I don't use nvidia) has released drivers for their cards, and they are the same performance as the 32 bit ones, I can't tell a difference.

You won't get a performance boost unless the game/app supports 64 bit and is coded for it. There really isn't that much of a reason to go 64 bit quite yet, wait for windows vista 64 bit. By then more program and games will be taking advantage of 64 bit.
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