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32 xp pro vs 64 bit vista business

Last response: in Systems
December 3, 2008 6:45:33 PM

Just got my system built and I was looking for input on O/S installation.

I have either a 32 bit XP PROFESSIONAL key or a 64 bit VISTA BUSINESS key to install.

my system:
case: Thermaltake Armor
cpu: Intel Core2Duo e6850 3.0 (with stock intel cpu cooler/fan mount
RAM: 4 x 1 gb OCZ HPC edition @ 1066 bus
VIDEO: hd4870 1gb ddr5
MOBO: Gigabyte DQ6 x48 chipset
HDDs: 2 x 500gb 32mb cache Seagate (7200 rpm)
OPTI: 2 x Liteon DVD+-RW
PSU: Silverstone 800w 66a 90%+ efficiency

I would like to get the benefits of the 4gb RAM, but if VISTA takes the extra RAM anyway, I can stick with 3gb on the XP PRO....

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December 3, 2008 6:53:32 PM

With 4GB of RAM, I'd install 64-bit Vista without a doubt. Vista manages resources better than XP. 32-bit is a dying breed. I personally run 64-bit Vista and would never consider going back to XP.
December 3, 2008 6:57:22 PM


The days of XP trumping Vista are long gone.
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December 3, 2008 7:05:09 PM

Consider your applications. If they'll run on Vista, get Vista. If they won't, then you can either upgrade the application if possible, or use XP.
December 3, 2008 7:11:29 PM

I will be mostly Gaming on this rig, along with the usual Office Apps.
Trend Micro is my security, and it may not work, but other than that I should be alright.