I recently finished building my new rig, and now I'm ready to buy the OS and get up and running.
Now.....the guys at the local computer parts shop have confused me a bit.
I had pretty much decided to go with Vista Home Premium 64 for these reasons: ultilizing all 4 gigs of ram installed, and I just can't see spending $185 for Vista Ultimate to use it for a year until Windows 7 is released.
One of the guys is telling me that I should just go with Vista 32bit because the ram limitation was resolved with the release of SP1, and also to avoid the extra issues associated with 64bit. (drivers, older programs, etc.)
I've read many threads on ram limitations, but need to know the bottom line: I know that Vista SP1 32bit will show 4 gigs of ram installed, but does it use the full 4 gigs? (Same guys at the shop say that 32bit will use up to 8 gigs)
Secondly...it seems lots of people are using 64bit Vista, and my new system probably won't be running older programs, and all hardware is fairly new, so doesn't it make better sense for me to go with 64bit?.....and does the DVD drive care as far as 64bit goes? (will it work)
Someone please help me decide which way to go, so I can get on with it!
Thanks very much..
Hardware in this system:
790i Ultra mb
4 gigs ddr3 ram
Creative X-Fi Fatality Pro audio
GTX 280 (gig of vram)
Asus DVD-RW drive
loneeagle speaketh the truth and the guys at the shop are idiots!
No Microsoft CONSUMER 32 bit OS will use your full 4 gig of RAM. Vista SP 1 will DISPLAY the correct amount of RAM installed but it will NOT use it and you can take that to the RAM bank. We have discussed that issue here and at other boards a thousand times and trust me it is true. The amount of RAM you will use is going to vary from as high as about 3.2 to as low as about 2. With your video card you will probably have less than three. The reasons for this are complex but a quick search on the subject will quickly tell you all you need to know.
MS server 32 bit OS will use more RAM but not Vista or XP.
Home premium or business 64 is the ticket. The days when drivers and programs were a problem are over, as long as you are using relatively modern hardware and software, there are a few exceptions here and there, Cisco VPN clients for one, but most of us gamer/enthusiasts are using 64 now and we love it.