64-bit or 32-bit

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by -seek-, Mar 30, 2007.

  1. -seek-

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    Hey guys... I was just wandering about the gaming and application compatibility that 64-bit processors have compared to a 32-bit one. I’m thinking about purchasing a new Intel Core 2 Extreme with Windows Vista Ultimate.

    My question is will more games and programs work with the 32-bit processor or the 64-bit?

    -thanks
     
  2. ray_gillespie

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    32-bit. Definitely go for 32-bit for at least the next 12 months. There are some games with 64-bit patches such as Far Cry that are slightly better in 64-bit (have extra birds flying around etc) but on the whole, because of poor driver support, 64-bit isn't worth having at the moment.

    If you get yourself a retail edition of Vista you'll be able to use either 32-bit or 64-bit so you can 'upgrade' to 64-bit when the support is there.
     
  3. Perris Calderon

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    he asked just about processor ray, I don't think he's asking about os's
     
  4. epk

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    the compatibility is the same since 64 bit cpus can work with 32 bit instructions
     
  5. -seek-

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    so your saying that a 64-bit processor can run 32-bit games and apps?
     
  6. zeke_mo

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    Yes, even if your operating system is only 32bit
     
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  7. -seek-

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    thank you ppl.. i love you guys!
     
  8. Perris Calderon

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    if you have a 32 bit os running on the 64 bit processor

    best scenario, get the 64 bit processor and dual boot 64 and 32 os's

    now, I know the amd outperformed the best 32 bit processor for gaming for a while but I don't know if that's still true
     
  9. ray_gillespie

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    Doh! I should have read that one more closely :)
     
  10. epk

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    reps? (i know, im the lowest...)
     
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