I have an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600. As far as I could read around here, on this site, I understand my CPU is x64 compatible. But, before I move to 64 bit OS, I need to know if I have to check any other component, like memory, or motherboard.
Also, I’m not really happy about moving to win7, as I find it very thirsty for resources, so I need to know if you can tell me anything about problems with xp64, which is my very next target.
My reason is getting some speed for programs like 3ds Max and Cinema4D, keeping as much as possible resources free in CPU and memory for these programs.
XP didnt have any real optimizations for multi core CPUs built in, Vista had some, but 7 pays enough attention to delegate stuff to real cores first, then to the logical hyperthreaded cores on i3's and i7s to get the best performance. I run Win 7 Pro on my desktop, its resource usage looks to be slightly more than XP, but significantly less than vista uses on my laptop.