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how to build a 64 bit computer?


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hi, i have built my own computer a couple years ago and its a 32 bit with vista ultimate, but now i wanna build a 64bit so i can have more ram. are the hardware for 32bit and 64 bit the same? if i reformated my computer and installed vista home premium 64 bit will it work?
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Hardware is the same, the software is different. Yes you can put 64-bit on it if that's what you want.
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thanks, just making sure. if i went and installed my vista home premium 64bit, it would read all of my 8gb ram i have installed?
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Yes, it should, assuming your motherboard supports 8GB.
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that and assuming that it is a 64bit cpu in it as well. as older cpus wont run 64bit at all.
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that and assuming that it is a 64bit cpu in it as well. as older cpus wont run 64bit at all.

CPUs have been 64bit compatible for a long time now, that shouldn't be an issue. :)
Running Vista 32bit on a non 64bit compatible CPU would be horrendous, considering all new CPUs that I know of have been 64bit compliant since 2004 when Intel updated the instruction set for their Pentium4 line. :)
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I ran vista ultimate on my old AMD Athlon XP 2400+ system and it was fine. I guess I just tend to think that 64bit is now the new norm of computer CPU's Since most of my computers until I built my new desktop where mainly 32bit and showed no real signs of 64 bit support.

I am still in the stone ages I guess
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You're brave, I'd never run Vista on my old socket A system. :)
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hey, its a 2.0ghz with 2gb of ddr pc-3200 ram. ati hd 2400 pro in it. it's not a bad system, It just cant handle the newer games like crysis.
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