64 bit or 32 bit

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March 12, 2009 at 21:01:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.995 GHz / 1471 MB
I was just trying to find out which is better for gaming 32 bit or 64 bit my pc only holds 2 gigs of ram

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March 12, 2009 at 21:58:16
I recently had to make this decision myself. In the end, I went with Vista x64 as I wanted to use 8GB of RAM.

There are quite a few benefits to the 64bit version of Windows. I have had no compatibility issues with software (all of my 32 bit software works just fine) and I can also run new 64bit software. The one problem is with drivers. Before going to 64bit, make sure all of the hardware critical to you (including sound cards, printers, USB devices, EVERYTHING) has a 64bit driver available. Many devices (like my D-Link skype adapter) do not have 64 bit drivers and therefor won't work.

If you do go 64-bit, I would strongly suggest Vista over XP. While people complain about Vista, when it comes to the 64-bit versions, Vista is much better than 64-bit XP.

Finally, if you stick with 32-bit, you should still get a 64-bit processor. Your 32-bit OS will still install fine, but you'll have the ability to upgrade later on.

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May 10, 2009 at 05:01:03
hi i was just wondering to wats better 32bit or 64bit?

i currently have vista ultimate 32bit

gforce 9800gt 1gb
8gb ram
i7 core motherboard/processor thingy
1 tb harddrive

i herd that 32bit only uses a fraction of your ram?
so in my opion then its a waste having 8gb of ram when its not even guna be used?

so 64 wud be better?

i mainly use my pc for gaming. wud 64bit run better with games?

and how well can it run 32bit games on it?

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May 10, 2009 at 11:48:16
with a monster PC like that you should be running 64-bit.
Did you make the PC yourself? no offence, but whoever put it together should know that 8gig of ram on a 32-bit machine is a waste of money.

With 32-bit operating system you can only access something like 3.25GB of memory, (if my memory serves me correct!) and hence over half of your ram is sitting there doing nothing!

Any 32-bit program will run on 64-bit, so dont worry about what you are running on it.
As the previous poster said, 64-bit drivers are the main concern, but if you have new hardware, (and you obviously do), then you shouldn't have a problem finding drivers.

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