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Building My First System

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#1 Chris V

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 06:19 AM

Hello. Finally got permission to build my first system from the boss (aka wife).

- Should I build it with a 64 bit processor or 32 bit processor. I am not going to run Vista because Window's XP does fine for just mel.

- If I build it w/ 64 bit, will I have issues running 32 bit games (mostly kids).

Am open to all suggestions. Thank you in advance.

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Posted 23 December 2007 - 06:58 AM

All modern processors (except for some celerons and maybe semprons) support 64-bit so you shouldn't have to worry about that.

Now about 64-bit, I have it and I like it. All my games work and most of my programs do. The only trouble I ran into was that my printer doesn't support 64-bit, and Itunes won't burn cd's or import cds. Also, my friends Iphone does not work with his computer running 64-bit. Everything else works fine.

I decided to use 64-bit because I want to keep my system going for a few years, and it lets you get past the 3.5gb of ram (or whatever amount it is) restriction. Also, I want to eventually get a quad core processor, and I heard that they don't run to their full potential unless they are running under 64-bit.

So, I would just say check all your important devices like printers, cameras, and other peripherals to see if they are 64-bit compatible, and make a decision from there.
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Posted 23 December 2007 - 08:20 AM

64 bit cpu's do fine in the 32 bit world, and if you aren't going to run Vista then there's less possible need for the 4 gigs of ram and the 64 bit version of XP

4 cores stand a much better chance of using 4 gigs of ram than two cores

Edited by DaChew, 23 December 2007 - 08:22 AM.


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#4 Chris V

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Posted 24 December 2007 - 04:49 AM

Thanks for the comments. I will post a potential build system here in the next few days to get a little feedback. Been reading some of the other posts in the forum and have a pretty good idea of what I want to do.

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