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    ive brought a new system and after asking around im getting feedback on what ive brought and its not sounding good , ive been told the system ive brought will need a 64 bit OS to run it properly and normal run of the mill xp or vista will make the system run dog slow , a bit of advice off the more cluded up members would be extremely helpfull as i intend to buy a new OS within the next couple of days as it didnt come with one , so far im looking at the vista 64 , specs are

    Core 2 Quad
    8mb ram
    CACHE 1066 MHZ
    Processor 9,600 MHz
    500 h drive

    advise would be super dooper appreciated

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    vista 32bit will be fine i would have thought.

    If that was supposed to say 8GB of ram then only a 64 bit operating system will be able to access anything over 3.3GB so it seems a little waste of time to run anything other than a 64bit OS.

    Having said that, support is better on the 32bit OS's and unless you are running major CAD, Video editing or complex Photoshop filters, that machine seems to be somewhat overkill for general applications and gaming.

    Out of interest what are you going to do with it exactly?

    I doubt you'll notice much difference between Vista 32bit and Vista 64bit for example, 64bit is supposed to be more secure but 32bit is more popular, Theirs more drivers and software available for 32bit Vista.

    I assume you mean 8GB ram?

    32bit Vista only support upto 4GB ram after SP1

    64bit Vista can support upto 128GB ram

    So basically you'll be wasting 4GB of ram with a 32bit operating system

    Well to make full use out the system you need vista 64. However I dout you will use the full system capabilities so vista 32 bit would be fine. TBH the system is over kill for most people and most software doesn't have dedicated support for quad cores anyway.

    If you were feeling like going on a large learning curve you could run your OS off ram. Somebody did this with xp a few years ago so should be possible with vista.

    too many compatibility issues with Vista 64 bit edition, just stick to 32bit. Most people these days have 64 bit computers but no one uses that version of the OS because it's too buggy.

    hypnoticstate;3369444

    too many compatibility issues with Vista 64 bit edition, just stick to … too many compatibility issues with Vista 64 bit edition, just stick to 32bit. Most people these days have 64 bit computers but no one uses that version of the OS because it's too buggy.



    im using 64bit vista just now, seems ok. cant actually tell a difference

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    thanks guys and girls , rep all around for your time and efforts

    the computer will be used for the usual household duty's so ranges from smut to surfing to messing about with a bit of torrent use and loads of clan sites gaming cookies gathered by the kids , i fully appreciate its totally over kill but it was very cheap and the misses had gone out leaving me bored so it just happened , its great in that i wont need to update for some time but sad ill never really use it to its capability's

    it was 340 quid by the way !!!

    Either sell 4GB of the ram and get Vista 32-bit or get Vista 64-bit. The buggyness spoken of above I don't really believe, had Vista 64-bit and 32-bit on different machines from pretty much day 1 and the only downside of 64-bit is limited support for a few USB peripherals due to lack of drivers. By the sounds of it you won't even get close to filling 4GB of ram though so maybe selling some and putting the money towards 32-bit is the best option. Future software will no doubt begin to make use of the 64-bit address space though, but thats still a while of yet by the looks of it.

    Of course, there's always 64-bit versions of Linux - free, lightweight and very powerful....

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    hypnoticstate;3369444

    too many compatibility issues with Vista 64 bit edition, just stick to … too many compatibility issues with Vista 64 bit edition, just stick to 32bit. Most people these days have 64 bit computers but no one uses that version of the OS because it's too buggy.



    this is wrong... I am using vista ultimate 64.. and it is working perfectly fine. if there isnt a 64bit application it will allow you to install the 32bit version.... as for drivers again i have had no problem finding drivers for my machine that has lots of components.

    izzzzythedog;3373761

    thanks guys and girls , rep all around for your time and effortsthe … thanks guys and girls , rep all around for your time and effortsthe computer will be used for the usual household duty's so ranges from smut to surfing to messing about with a bit of torrent use and loads of clan sites gaming cookies gathered by the kids , i fully appreciate its totally over kill but it was very cheap and the misses had gone out leaving me bored so it just happened , its great in that i wont need to update for some time but sad ill never really use it to its capability'sit was 340 quid by the way !!!



    you have a decent sounding machine... for your use you can do with 32bit as you will never go over 4gb... but only get 32bit if you are worried about driver issues... and then in a couple of years if you feel 4gb is holding you back then you can upgrade your OS to the latest flavour of windows but in 64bit...

    your computer wont run dog slow whichever OS you choose :thumbsup:
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