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Jan. 13th, 2008 @ 09:17 am Oh mighty LJ Mind
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Current Mood: geekygeeky
I do humbly come before you with praise and gifts and a query.

(ok no gifts, but you really do know everything so ...)

In considering a New PC, I'm tossing Vista on the scrap heap (ain't even gonna try it) and going with XP (sorry Mac users, I'm not ready to go that route). However, should I go with XP Pro (32 bit) or XP Pro (64 bit)? XP Home is out because it is (or was) a crippled version that wouldn't allow you to VPN into an office environ. (Just in case you wanted to know why I'm not listing it).

The system will be an Intel Core 2 Quad, with 2GB of RAM (maybe 4) and used on the high end mostly for gaming and photo processing (yeah I know Mac does photos better - it's too late to change so quit it!)

I'm seeing a marginal difference in price between the 32 and 64 bit versions, and it seems that the 64 bit is supported by the games I'm interested in.

So, anyone have any thoughts on 32 vs 64 XP?

Thanks!

(ETA oops I'm giving you praise, not raise! Sorry to get your hopes up)
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From:thirdstreet
Date:January 13th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Doesn't 64-bit automatically support 32-bit applications with no performance penalty? If so, go for 64-bit. I have no idea as to stability issues etc. (I'm a Mac guy).

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From:ferragus
Date:January 13th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Yup, at least that's the theory, I'm wondering now, I just noticed that some of microsoft's own games specify XP (32 bit), of course I'm not that interested in them. It might just be a way for M$ to get you to buy it twice if you upgrade your OS (those bastards!)

Thanks for the thoughts
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From:aliensplicer
Date:January 13th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I agree about "Home," the "Professional" version is the only one to use (unless you want to go with Unix, BSD, or Linux ;). XP-64 should allow you to make use of larger amounts of memory than just 2Gb per CPU (or core) -- in theory, you're quad-core machine should support up to 32Gb of RAM, provided you want to double or triple the cost of the machine ... XP 64bit will also make better use of multi-CPU configurations than the 32bit version, which was really only designed for single CPU applications.
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From:ferragus
Date:January 15th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah that's pretty much what I decided. I'm going with XP64 and keep my fingers crossed.

Thanks!

Edited at 2008-01-15 12:48 am (UTC)
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From:anisosynchronic
Date:January 15th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
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Luck with if ferragus. I alas now have a SECOND system with V/o/m/i/y Vista.... I wonder about "business transition," given that lots of companies have done nothing whatsoever towards migrating...