I see some advertised builds as 32bit and some as 64bit and when you build a machine on-line it sometimes lets you pick 64bit and sometimes its not an option. The overall tech specs give you both though.
Is it the exact same machine besides the OS install? And I can install 64bit and then put up to 8GB of RAM in it and have the RAM recognized?
When I contacted Dell customer service (phone call) and chatted them (on-line chat) on a separate occasion, I was told both times, I had to buy a machine that was specifically 64bit and could not just install the 64-Bit OS. First, I was actually told that the Vostro 430 Mini Tower could not have 64-Bit installed on it. Then when I sent a direct link to the advertised machine on the DELL site they said it was "different" in some way. I got the idea they were confused on the matter so didn't continue the chat. But initially thought it couldn't be done.
I then tried to find my answer by clicking around the DELL site and got confused as I was looking at the Dell refurbished Vostros and they advertise that they come with both a 32bit DVD and 64bit OS CD.
Then I went on-line to research the subject on various forums and such and it sounded like the machine was probably exactly the same and it was just the OS DVD I used and the the machine was exactly the same.
What I'm trying to do is build a DELL machine, like a Vostro 430 i5 or i7 with 64-Bit and at least 8GB or RAM and looking at a cost effective way of doing so. Thanks.