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    32bit or 64bit

    about to buy my new PC and there systems only come with 64bit windows 7. Ive only ever had 32 bit Os systems is 64 bit better or shall i get it withour OS system and install my own?
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    64 bit Windows 7 is pretty much the way to go now I'd say. I've yet to come across any issues with using it personally. Your main issues would be for backwards compatibility with old hardware and really old software (it'll run 99% of 32 bit stuff just fine, but some still has 16 bit stuff in it).

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    64Bit is the future for computing and if it's Windows 7 all 32bit games will work with it anyway and hardware support for x64 on all modern components is teh norm. Go for it, especailly if you want to use more than 4GB RAM.

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    Depends on what your going to use the system for, Gaming or Photoshop i would say 64 but if your not gonna be using alot of RAM then nothing wrong with 32bit.

    If given option i would go for 64bit.

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    after asking the same question here: 32 or 64 bit? I've gone with 32bit for most network workstations, so far so good, but I've put 64bit on mine.... Total PITA printing to network printers (it doesn't, as they don't all have x64 drivers and there's no backwards compatability), so I have a VM running my old 32 bit XP workstation install for when things get sticky)

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    64bit Windows 7, without a doubt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BatchFile View Post
    after asking the same question here: 32 or 64 bit? I've gone with 32bit for most network workstations, so far so good, but I've put 64bit on mine.... Total PITA printing to network printers (it doesn't, as they don't all have x64 drivers and there's no backwards compatability), so I have a VM running my old 32 bit XP workstation install for when things get sticky)
    You can install the 64bit drivers on the printer server for your clients to download. We're kind of in the reverse position, 64bit printer server with 32bit clients, the server has both 32 bit and 64 bit drivers installed and everyone prints OK.

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    64 is twice as good as 32

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    64 bit here, and I had 64 bit Vista as well with no issues We are now over 3/4 at work 64 bit as well and its working really well and not creating any issues.

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    64-bit here and have been from XP 64-Bit days.

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    64 without a doubt, 32bit is a backwards step which will bite you in future when you have to reinstall everything with 64 later anyway.

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    Since you say its your own pc definitely 64 bit.
    Network wise it really needs proper device testing but for home 64 bit all the way.

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    Id always install 64 bit, like someone else said its the future.

    Also nowadays most software works fine on it, its not the xp 64bit which was very hit and miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanT View Post
    64-bit here and have been from XP 64-Bit days.
    You used XP x64!! Was it because you liked a device driver challenge

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    The build your box website seems pretty damn expensive to me, I've recently priced up a PC for a mate, and for one of very similair spec on build your box (it was a slightly newer graphics card and a different but not really better motherboard) it was £300 more than buying components from ebuyer! (by the way, I didn't just choose all the value brands either so that's not the reason here!)

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