Old set up
Quad core Q6600 Stock 2.4
Intel DG33TL Mainboard
4Gb Ram DDR2 800
500Gb main OS hard drive dual boot Windows Vista/Windows 7
8800GT Alphadog edition XFX 670 Core
This computer is used for watching TV Shows downloading from usenet listening to music and video games at a max resolution of 1680X1050
Games I play Far Cry 2, Fear 2, Bioshock ,Guild wars, Fallout 3, Mainly FPS some RPG looking forewars to Starcraft 2 Red Faction Guerrilla, some good games all around
I Also play HD Video Up to 1080P
Upgrades i am doing
Core 17 920 D0 stepping NO OC
Intel DX58S0 Mainboard
3 or 6 GB DDR3 Tripple Channel
500 Gb Main HD Dual boot from Vista to 7
8800GT alphadog edition XFX 670 Core
Basically i am just doing mainboard and CPU Upgrade but a hefty one i think now
here is the question and thank you in advance for any help i get
If i choose a 64 Bit over the 32 Bit what are the advantages/disadvantages?
If i do the 32 bit over the 64 bit there is a CMD line that will show i know up to atleast 6GB in a 32 bit Vista but can windows or programs use it with that line inserted?
(BCDEdit /set PAE forceenable)
Will i see more or less than 10% boost in performance? either way
The other upgrade i might do in the soon feature is the video card upgrading to a XFX 275GTX
I will keep the 8800GT in the computer as a dedicated Physics GPU
A 64 bit OS can essentially use (actually put to work) more than 3 GB of RAM. A 32 bit OS can only recognize around 3 gigs (I think it's closer to 3.2), and therefore runs as if it only has 3 GB of RAM, even if you have 20 gigs. At this point in time I agree with baddad, there is no reason to not get a 64 bit OS.