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Pros and Cons for 64bit processors


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I am currently trying to build a computer for my brother to play that new elder scrolls game and would like to know about the pros and cons of the 64bit processor and application support under the 64bit also.
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Well you dont really get alot of choice all the cpus now that you would buy for a gaming machince are in the athlon 64 range, there isnt anything special about them for games as games are 32bit but they are good at 32 bit, but they are 64 but you need xp pro 64 to utilise it.
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Most of todays games arent yet using the full ability of the 64bit processing. Though some games have two versions, such as Day of Defeat: Source, there is a 32bit and a 64bit version. Most 32bit processors are sufficient to run most of todays games, though when strictly 64bit coded games are released you will lag behind.

My brother has a simular system to me, except he has less hdd space and no water cooling, but a 64bit Athlon 3200+, whereas I have the 3200+ 32bit. He has 1gb of ram, and I have 1.5gb. Ok, given I have more ram, but even in games like I said about Day of Defeat: Source, he runs the 64bit version, me the 32bit version, and there is virtually no difference (except my gfx card somehow outperforming his :-O). He has an ATi Radeon X850XT, me the ATi Radeon 9800XT, both AGP8x.
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So if i buy a 64bit processor i can still use all of the software i have. And it its absoluly nessary for me to buy xp pro 64?
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yeah i ahve been thinking this aswell if i get a 64bit processor do i need to get win xp pro or can i just use my 32 bit xp pro sp2
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