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Buying A New PC, 64bit vs 32 bit?

by CAO85 / March 30, 2009 2:01 AM PDT

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)

Thanks,
CAO

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!
SB

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.

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