So... 64bit vs. 32bit OS

Buxbaum666

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I just bought a new monitor for my PC and I'm thinking about upgrading some of the hardware while I'm at it. First, I'll likely get a Core 2 Duo E7600 (2x3 GHz) to replace my rather dated 1.8GHz C2D. Next investment will be a Geforce GTX 260 to replace my 8800GT. As I will then be fit to play DirectX 11 games, I'll have to upgrade to Win 7 to use the full potential of my new hardware. Shall I go for 64 Bit or stay with 32? Are there any issues with 64 Bit? What about older games? What's your experience?
 
Running 64bit Windows here. If your hardware is capable, there's really no point in not using it. All your drivers can be found in 64 bit and i'm yet to have a program bitch at me for running it.
 

Buxbaum666

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I guess I'll try it, then. Can you upgrade Xp to 7? Though I'd rather install it to a separate hard drive, my XP installation has been stable for ages now. I'd hate to fuck it up. But I'd have to either clean up my disk space or get yet another HDD. Damn. Even with all my porn outsourced to an external disk, a Terabyte just isn't enough.
 

Buxbaum666

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I can't spend that much on a hard drive.
 
I'm running a 64gb SSD. You don't need a 1500 Dollar SSD >.<. Cost me 250AUS and it was the best 250 i've ever spent on my PC.



Bang 7, drivers and small programs (Firefox, Xfire, MSN...) on it and you'll be in heaven.
 

Buxbaum666

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I just shelled out 590EUR for monitor, cpu and graphics card, my hardware budget is depleted right now.
 

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[quote name='Aphyosis' timestamp='1279151933' post='26475']I'm running a 64gb SSD. You don't need a 1500 Dollar SSD >.<. Cost me 250AUS and it was the best 250 i've ever spent on my PC.[/quote]



Ah, the old "wait a few months 'til shit doesn't cost ridiculous prices" scheme. Then again, if you've got the money to spend...
 
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Ah, the old "wait a few months 'til shit doesn't cost ridiculous prices" scheme. Then again, if you've got the money to spend...

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Hahaha. I've never been particularly financially minded ;). Last few years I've had a large surge of income around Christmas, so i usually buy a heap of kit near then.
 

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If I take my CD-KEY from W7 and just put it on a fresh install it should work, right?
 
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If I take my CD-KEY from W7 and just put it on a fresh install it should work, right?

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Guess so. If it doesn't activate just call them and tell them your doing a reinstall.
 
Careful, I reinstalled my XP a bunch because of porn viruses and after about the 10th or 15th time they said my key was used too much and was considered invalid.
 

Buxbaum666

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You reinstalled XP 15 times for "porn viruses"?
 
Yes


I'm about to (re)install win7 64bit for the first time in my life to experiment with raiding. Is it much different/dangerous than 32bit setuping? All programs backed up and necessary drivers downloaded, just got to build up the nerve to actually go through with it.
 

Buxbaum666

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I'm planning to do that, too. I hate that you can't install RAID drivers retroactively, how retarded is that. Works like a charm with Linux. I've had two 1TB drives sitting in my computer unused for ages now because I couldn't use them as a RAID and wasn't in the mood for a Windows install. Now I just ordered a new mainboard and CPU (Intel i5-2500K) so I'll have to reinstall Windows anyway... (The linux installation will probably still work)
Installing a 64bit OS is no different from installing a 32bit OS. No idea about the RAID drivers, though. It's sort of clunky that you have to provide them on a flash drive or something during the installation. I don't think your backed-up programs will work, though. That's the fun part of a Windows reinstall.
 
Finally got around to doing the reinstall. It was a very pain free process and actually went much faster and smoother than any reinstallation I've ever done. Surprisingly, out of 98, 2k, XP, Vista, and a half dozen ubuntus, windows 7 is the one that's caused me the least amount of problems. Then again this is the first time in my life I'm using a computer I haven't created out of ten year old parts so there's that.
 

Buxbaum666

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Heh, since I recently swapped my old mainboard for something that supports a latest-generation intel i5 cpu, the only part of this PC that hasn't been exchanged for something new is the case and the power supply. Those are 6 years old, though. I think.
 
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