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#1 TripleDigitRide

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 01:19 PM

I'm looking into buying a PC from CyberPowerPC.com, and need to get a better understand of what I need.

1) Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit vs 64-bit . Other than 64-bit requiring 2GB of RAM (I'll have 4GB to start), what's the difference? Is there any real advantage(s) to going with the 64-bit?

2) The video card being offered in the package is the NVIDIA GeForce 210 512MB 16X PCI Express. Because it's a fairly cheap upgrade, I was considering the NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express or ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR2 16X PCIe Video Card. The NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 16X PCI Express has a PhysX icon next to it, and the ATI Radeon HD 5450 1GB DDR2 16X PCIe Video Card has a DirectX icon next to it.

Not sure which is the better choice, or why. And not sure if there will be an issue with having DDR3 memory and DDR2 video card.

3) They have a Multiple Video Card Settings section with 2 options, Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor or Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors.

I'll likely have only one monitor, but I'm not sure which is the better choice.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Edited by hamluis, 06 June 2010 - 06:01 PM.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 01:05 PM

1) 32-bit operating systems are limited to about 3.5GB RAM. There is no such restriction on 64-bit.
2) The 9500GT is slightly more powerful, but lacks DirectX 11 support. I recommend you go with that one, as it does not look like you are planning to play games.
There won't be any conflict between the card memory and the system memory, though DDR3 is still the better choice.
3) If you don't plan to play games or run video editing suites, SLI/Crossfire is useless.
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Posted 06 June 2010 - 02:12 PM

1) 32-bit operating systems are limited to about 3.5GB RAM. There is no such restriction on 64-bit.
2) The 9500GT is slightly more powerful, but lacks DirectX 11 support. I recommend you go with that one, as it does not look like you are planning to play games.
There won't be any conflict between the card memory and the system memory, though DDR3 is still the better choice.
3) If you don't plan to play games or run video editing suites, SLI/Crossfire is useless.


Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Very helpful.




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