I just bought a new computer and I had to make the decission between 32 and 64 bit. The 64 bit is newer and they say a lil faster. Plus it can hold more Ram. 64 bit is also gonna add at least a hundred bucks to the price. I decided to go with the 32 bit model. Its what I had before and I know my programs will work with it. 3 gigs of Ram and 32 bit Vista is enough for the average user. If you are an extreme gamer or a graphics artist or something or if money is not an object ... go with the 64. Its my guess that most programs will work with either, or soon will. Its the Operating System thats 64 bit....not the computer. I hear that the new Windows 7 is gonna be 64 bit.
Saw a post from 2008 on 64bit to 32bit-below. Concerned about software issues, would I need to upgrade all of my existing programs? Quicken, MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, etc.
Also Is this just Vista that's 64 bit or is it the PC that's 64 bit ? (Sorry I'm new to this)
Post referenced below.
Looking to buy a new PC soon, but I'm not too sure exactly which Vista version I should go with, 32bit or 64bit?
What are the benefits of going 64bit, or should I even care? When will it make a difference? Sorry confused and need some explanations.
Thanks in advance, Rich!
A: More RAM
by rhbrown - 6/5/08 11:18 AM
64-bit matters most right now if you need more memory. 32-bit only uses between 2.5GB-3.5GB at most (depending on other hardware). But for 4GB of RAM or more (digital media editing, games) you'll want 64-bit. Just make sure any software you need is 64-bit compatible or has a 64-bit version.