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    Bucko Dessie

    Nice I've always been interested in 64Bit computing. I currentley have built this set-up:

    core 2 duo E6320 4MB L2
    1GB PC6400 DDR2 Corsair
    Nvidia 8800GTS Superclocked by EVGA
    600W Zalman PSU
    250GB Sata 2 Drive

    I dual boot with XP 64Bit and Vista X32 at the moment (I know 64bit supports some 32bit apps but I wanted a 32bit environment as well), I'm tempted to get another 4GB ram so I have 5GB ram (crysis runs like a dog on my system at the moment, although the 1.1 patch and latest Nvidia drivers have improved things a bit) then save up a bit more then get 8GB ram & sell my 1GB stick. By the time I get 8GB ram I might go Vista X64 full time.

    I do a lot of video/sound work on my PC for my University course and it's always handy to have a machine that renders fast (dual core really helps on that). However does anyone think my CPU would be a bottleneck with 8GB ram? I'm thinking of getting a Quad Core hopefully by the time I get 8GB ram (I work part time heh) quad core CPU's will be cheaper and my card hopefully as well so I can get SLI.

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    quikboy

    Nice post. I read it and actually understood it. Good work.

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    Nick Hodge

    @quickboy thanks for the feedback.

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    Nick Hodge

    @Bucko

    That sounds like a sweet setup. In my next posting, I'll go into details of my own personal workstation setup.

    Once you go x64, there is no going back.

    In terms of the bottleneck: it depends on how the software is written; if you are getting excellent performance on a Dual Core machine, the likelyhood of extra performance in Quad Core is high. With processor intensive tasks, the amount of cache and the speed of RAM also starts to come into play.

    Nick

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    Googleman81

    i want to go 64 bit too!!! i actually asked for it when i configured and ordered my new gaming laptop with dell, but they say they dont have driver support for many of the components yet, the whole driver thing itself is one big problem too since dell releases them on a quarterly bases, when i got the laptop i had 2 months old drivers and they still have no new ones out so i am forced to use laptopvideo2go drivers to be able to play newer games and use the nvidia sli mode at all because the dell default drivers do support but not activate sli... anyway it is a xps m1730 with the core 2 extreme x7900, 4gigs of ram of which the operating system can identify 3.2 gigs, the geforce 8700m gt 256mb x2 gpu and enough hdd space... tips on how to go 64 bit and if my games are going to run in that environment would be greatly appreciated and thanks for the post.

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    alwaysmc2

    I recently switched back from 64 bit to 32 bit Vista.  Over all my experience was very good, but there was one obscure device that didn't have 64-bit support.  Additionally, Portal (a game) had some weird loading issues, where upon loading it, it would flash between the desktop and black until I killed the process.

    That's the problem with Vista 64 bit.  Everything can be going just fine, but then you can run in to one unsolvable problem.  Still, it's pretty safe to go 64 bit if you want.

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    alwaysmc2

    Incedentally, I just bought that processor mentioned in the post.  It works wonderfully.  I upgraded form a Pentium D 940 3.2GHz, and this thing kicks it pretty heard in the rear.  It runs over 20 degrees Celcius cooler on my system, and is much, much more powerfull.  With the Pentium D, Unreal Tournament 3 would max out the processor useage and be a little jumpy while running at 1920 x 1200.  With the Core 2 Quad Q6600 and the same settings, the processor usage never went above 50% during gameplay.  (Yeah, and it performed that well on Vista 64.)

    Now that I'm back in Vista 32, I'm curious to see if the game runs even faster.

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    Nick Hodge

    @googleman81: thanks for the feedback on Dell. Laptop and x64 support has been more restrictive than desktop PCs -- as vendors have not seen the need for >4Gb of RAM

    Users are starting to wander "since memory is so cheap, why not get more?" - and this will push manufacturers to go x64 for their device drivers.

    I see 2008 as the year of x64. Desktop and Laptop

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