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Hey all,

I've been putting off upgrading to a 64 Bit OS. But at this point I have 24GB of DDR3-1600 sitting around useless. So its time to get it done.
One of the main reasons I've been putting it off is trying to conclude which OS is the best choice. Right now I'm thinking that Ubuntu or Kubuntu will work best put I'd love some of your expert advice first!

Firstly here is the machine spec (in case they matter for certain distros):

(1) I-7 950 WC
(2) Crossfired ATI 58xx WC
(3) ASROCK X58 Exreme
(4) Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional
(5) D-Link DWA-556 PCI Express Xtreme
(6) TWC-A88-AB-2 -- Titan TWC-A88/AB 10-Bay Liquid Cooled Full Tower Computer Case
(7) SeaSonic X Series X-850


Main focus:
I typical just use general programs and do some database programming, but I have about 100 games I haven't even played from Steam. (I made this rig for that purpose) And even though I'm not a big gamer, I'd like to be able to use them with the OS I chose. Lastly, I abhor the idea of paying Microsoft for anything.

Thanks,

Hawk
post #2 of 19
What exactly are you asking? For most users 32 to 64 is a transparent upgrade. All your programs will work and you'll gain more addressable memory. Drivers can be a PITA with older hardware, but it is manageable.
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If gaming is your main goal with this rig.... 64bit Windows 7. It will have the best compatibility with all games.
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If gaming is your main goal with this rig.... 64bit Windows 7. It will have the best compatibility with all games.
What? The only reason to switch over to 64 than 32 is to obtain 4GB+ memory. To save you time on wheather or not you should crossover to 64 is to keep a tab on your memory. If memory exceeds 3GB+ memory from your day to day usage, only then should you upgrade.
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What? The only reason to switch over to 64 than 32 is to obtain 4GB+ memory. To save you time on wheather or not you should crossover to 64 is to keep a tab on your memory. If memory exceeds 3GB+ memory from your day to day usage, only then should you upgrade.
Not unless you are mutlitasking like gaming and playing music and encoding stuff at the same time. Hell windows media player uses like 50meg by its self which is retarded just for playing music. And encoding takes any where from 0mb-1000mb of ram depending on what your encoding. Not to mention what the OS uses up for cache to make your system run more snappy, as my win7 Pro x64 right now has 2400meg used for cache at the moment.
 
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post #6 of 19
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What? The only reason to switch over to 64 than 32 is to obtain 4GB+ memory. To save you time on wheather or not you should crossover to 64 is to keep a tab on your memory. If memory exceeds 3GB+ memory from your day to day usage, only then should you upgrade.
Uh, that's not the "only" reason. Not even close.
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Well, guess you're SOL then, enjoy the small number of those Steam games that actually work in WINE.
Well there's also the matter that in desktop OS usage, in Linux, you'll practically *never* use more than 4GB unless you have massive memory leaks.
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post #8 of 19
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What? The only reason to switch over to 64 than 32 is to obtain 4GB+ memory. To save you time on wheather or not you should crossover to 64 is to keep a tab on your memory. If memory exceeds 3GB+ memory from your day to day usage, only then should you upgrade.
You are Forumite 2.

http://www.bit-tech.net/bits/2007/10...just_the_ram/1

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Forumite 1: "Hi, I am building a new system and I wanted to know what your thoughts were on whether I should use 64-bit or 32-bit Vista? I've heard varying things around the net regarding compatibility, and was hoping someone could help."
Forumite 2: "Hi! I just read your post. You should definitely go with the 32-bit version. There's tons of compatibility problems with 64b (Just look at XP-64), and it's going to die a long, drawn-out death. Besides, the only actual difference between them is that 64-bit can make proper use of 4GB of RAM."
Forumite 1: "Oh, ok! Thanks!"



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Well there's also the matter that in desktop OS usage, in Linux, you'll practically *never* use more than 4GB unless you have massive memory leaks.
Video encoding? You will use over 4GB and that is without any memory leaks.
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I forgot they still made x86. Been x64 since xp. It took a x64 version of Vista the get the kinks out. Win7 64 is great for gaming.
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I forgot they still made x86. Been x64 since xp. It took a x64 version of Vista the get the kinks out. Win7 64 is great for gaming.
W7 64 makes marginal difference for gaming. Virtually all games are still 32-bit applications.
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