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What are the advantages for 64bit vista over 32bit vista?
amdDarcy 
24/8/08 3:03:50 PM
Guru

I just want to know if i will see any real world advantages in getting a 64bit version of vista over the 32 bit version.
What are the real advantages or disadvantages?

I have read some reviews but a lot of it is over my head in what they are talking about. I need you to break it down into layman's terms for me please.

My current specs are: (in case that helps)

Q6700
Asus P5Q-Pro
4gb ddr800 ram
HD 4850 gfx card
etc etc etc.

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bowiee 
24/8/08 4:13:42 PM
Hero
Titan


If you are heading to Vista then IMHO 64bit is the way to go if only for the extra ram support. And any 64bit software runs like a charm.

Like it or not xp will soon be left behind which is why I decided to go with vista, and with a new computer I figured 64bit was the way to go.

This thread is worth a read.
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=21&t=2345

But if you are running older programs for which vista updates are not available you may not be able to run them in either flavour of vista, but you can try compatibility mode.

So check for printer drivers ect for your hardware before making the change.

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osama_bin_athlon 
25/8/08 10:56:51 AM
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with the reception that Vista has had I can't see XP being left behind for quite a few years yet. MS are into money, and many, many people still prefer XP over Vista....I'm running XP x64 in preference to Vista.

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Lambo 
25/8/08 11:17:51 AM
SuperHero
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The single biggest advantage for you will be being able to utilise your entire 4GB of ram. That on it's own should be more than enough reason to go the 64Bit path. And since they cost the same, no cost reason not to either.

You would be stupid to stick with XP.

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kikz 
25/8/08 4:35:09 PM
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There's enhance security too. As well as the less obvious stuff that you probably don't care about.

If I were you, with that spec, I'd go x64. My spec is similar and I'm running x64 Vista without problems.

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Q6600 | 4Gb PC6400 | 2 x 500Gb RAID 0 + 2 x 320 Gb RAID 0 | 19" Benq FP591 + 24" Samsung 245B + 19" Dell | 8800GTS 640 Mb + 8400GS 256 Mb | Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P | Antec P182 | Corsair HX-620 | Thermalright 120 Extreme | Vista x64

amdDarcy 
25/8/08 7:48:58 PM
Guru

Ok cheers guys, I think i will go for the 64bit version.

Osama: I know what you are saying about vista, I have had it installed when it first came out and really hated it myself, But from what i gather there have been a lot of issues been fixed since sp1 was released for it so i am willing to give it another go now.

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2SHY 
27/8/08 9:47:37 AM
Learner
I'm running Vista 64bit SP1... Very good, my box is on 24/7 so shouldn't be a probelm.

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kikz 
27/8/08 3:25:44 PM
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Quote by 2SHY
I'm running Vista 64bit SP1... Very good, my box is on 24/7 so shouldn't be a probelm.


That might be why you like it :p The only times I've had problems with Vista is when I'm restarting (or at least trying to).

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Q6600@3.2Ghz | 8Gb PC6400 | 2 x 500Gb RAID 0 + 2 x 320 Gb RAID 0 | 19" Benq FP591 + 24" Samsung 245B + 19" Dell | 8800GTS 640 Mb + 8400GS 256 Mb | Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P | Antec P182 | Corsair HX-620 | Thermalright 120 Extreme | Vista x64

G-relk 
27/8/08 10:04:27 PM
Champion

i havnt had any problems excpet with my funny home network and an old skool 10mb hub.

i am having a funny issue with my monitor drivers and cod 4 tho...

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Q6600 @ 3.0ghz, asus P5b Deluxe, 2 x 2gb cosair ddr2 800, 2 x 320gb Seagate, leadtek winfast PX7950GX2, corsair 620w psu, antec p180b, x-fi XtremeMusic, Tuniq tower 120, BenQ V2400W 24" monitor
soon to come: X38-DQ6, HD4870X2, RAID 0

amdDarcy 
28/8/08 7:22:35 AM
Guru

Quote by kikz
Quote by 2SHY
I'm running Vista 64bit SP1... Very good, my box is on 24/7 so shouldn't be a probelm.


That might be why you like it :p The only times I've had problems with Vista is when I'm restarting (or at least trying to).



I have now installed vista ultimate 64bit, and if i have to do a restart it shuts downs but wont restart. I can shut the system down and press the button again and it will start but if i use the restart function it wont restart.

Odd, if any one knows the fix for that it would be great. Oh and i have sp1 on and all the updates too.

Apart from that little issue, all is good so far.

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