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How important is 64 Bit???

I just ordered a Toshiba notebook with an Intel Pentium M, but am having second thoughts based on some reading i've done regarding new 64 Bit programs. I don't want to buy a new machine only to find it uselesess or frustratingly incompatible a few years down the road because its processor is not 64 Bit compatible. Can anybody help with advice on how important a 64 Bit processor will be if I plan to keep my notebook for at least 3 or 4 years?

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Inventory what you do now.

In reply to: How important is 64 Bit???

And look in the crystal ball if that will change.

For instance, the web, word processing and even video editing will all still be quite nice on today's 32-bitters in 2 years.

However, the gamers will not be happy from what I've seen. The newest titles may be "best on 64-bit". Also, some video editing and database work is a step forward on 64-bitters.

99% of the people will feel little effect in 2 years. But I bet I'm wrong.


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How about 3 or 4?

In reply to: Inventory what you do now.

If I want to try to keep a notebook through college, upgrading as I go along for 4 years tops, would a new turion 64 notebook be a better bet than pentium?

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It depends on you r major.

In reply to: How about 3 or 4?

If you were on a math/sci/programming path, 64-bit could be a real boon. Again, a short inventory of what the machine will do is needed.


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