Have 4gb Of Ram..need An Os..

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  1. System-M3

    System-M3 Well-Known Member

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    like the title and topic description says, i have 4gb of ram for my new build...i read that the 32-bit versions do not use all 4gb but rather 2-3.5gb...so my question is should i just stick with a 32-bit os vista or xp OR should i go ahead and purchase XP---- 64-bit or vista home premium 64-bit. Keep in mind this is a gaming pc!
     
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    biggest problem with using a 64bit OS will be driver support
     
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    if cost isn't a concern... all of the above.
     
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    Do all PC games made after 2006 support 64 bit, or are they made individually? if so, wouldn't they be a bit rare / more expensive?
     
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    it doesn't really matter as game performance is largely limited by video card performance and not CPU performance. Going for IA32 to IA64 got something like a 5% boost to CPU performance in games and that's nothing.

    that said more and more games support 64bit addressing but not all do and quite frankly I don't even think about it it's not that important of a thing. Also 32bit and 64bit versions are usually included on the same disc/download.
    also price is seemingly unaffected.
     
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    well ive checked out the driver support for the parts of my new build and it seems they all have the vista 64-bit drivers for download on their websites...seems like ill be picking up vista home premium 64-bit on monday :)
     
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    don't 32-bit Vista reads all 4 GB RAM? :/
     
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    Good choice picking Vista 64... XP 64 is a joke.
     
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    it doesnt
     
  11. xlink

    xlink GR's Tech Enthusiast

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    2^16 = 65536bytes = 64KB
    2^32 = 4294967296 = 4GB(but some is lost to overhead and the like; 4GB is the absolute theoretical max)
    2^64 = 18446744073709551616bytes = 16exabytes

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64-bit
     
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    Most new graphics cards support Vista 64 Bit...but I'm not sure about XP.
     
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    they support pretty much everything.

    it's just that the drivers in xp IA32 are better than in XP/2003 IA64 and better than vistaIA32 and vista IA64
     
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    when i went visat 64 my gfx card and sound card werent recgonized..so i went back to xp 64. drivers are a real big issue when switching between 32 and 64
     
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    every card with an ATi or nVidia chipset in it has support in every version of windows past 95
     

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