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    There was a time when 64 bit drivers were not easy to find, and the ones that were available had glitches.
    I want to build a system for windows 7 use. Most barebones kits and mb/cpu/ram combos are 64 bit processors.
    If the only 64 bit gottcha's are for older devices (such as a good sound card which I use to migrate LPs to CD's) then I think I'm OK.

    So should I go with a multi core 64 bit cpu, or stick with a dual 32bit cpu? Thoughts?
    (sorry if this is a newbie kinda question, but I have had my eye off the mSoft ball for a while now, having focused on linux, where the driver problems have gotten a Lot Better.)

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    Most processors are 64-bit now. I'd go with that.

    The decision is 32-bit or 64-bit OS. You are correct about 64-bit drivers being much more readily available now. Most consumers do not need to go 64-bit. They do not use the PC in a way that demands the RAM availability that 64-bit provides. However, if you plan on keeping the PC for quite a while I'd go with 64-bit as more & more software will be released that will take advantage of the RAM available in 64-bit.

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    Definitely go with 64 Bit. I would do either a Duo Core or Quad Core 64 Bit processor. In a fairly short time I believe 64 Bit will be the mainstream and most new appss will be 64 Bit compatible. Why strap yourself with a 32 Bit system. As more s/w goes to 64 Bit, it will be written to more efficiently utilize the RAM.

    Remember, you can run 32 Bit apps on a 64 Bit machine, but not the opposite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Gauck View Post
    There was a time when 64 bit drivers were not easy to find, and the ones that were available had glitches.
    I want to build a system for windows 7 use. Most barebones kits and mb/cpu/ram combos are 64 bit processors.
    If the only 64 bit gottcha's are for older devices (such as a good sound card which I use to migrate LPs to CD's) then I think I'm OK.

    So should I go with a multi core 64 bit cpu, or stick with a dual 32bit cpu? Thoughts?
    (sorry if this is a newbie kinda question, but I have had my eye off the mSoft ball for a while now, having focused on linux, where the driver problems have gotten a Lot Better.)
    Take the time to invest your energies in researching any potential build and you can't go wrong.
    Windows 7, 64 bit with a decent quadcore CPU, and 6 BG's of some decent RAM.
    Drivers are of little issue if you plan your build.
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