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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Steve-0, 30 Aug 2008.

  1. Steve-0

    Steve-0 New Member

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    Im wondering whats more important to get next.

    right now i have Windows vista ultimate 32bit OEM version.
    4gigs system ram, 3870x2 in crossfire with 3870 OC version.
    but system only see total ram plus video ram as 3.5-3.7
    i know to get 64 bit vista i need to purchase the full version (270$ or so)
    but also had my eye on the Q9650 processor, 3.0ghz etc quad core
    500$, either those two or a 4870x2...
    basically i don't know right now whats the priority.
    I heard Crossfire, and ATI modded drivers (or the way they have them done now)
    are better with the 64 bit platform. if so how much better?
    and what should i do? video card, cpu, OS?
     
  2. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    cpu and os, your gpu's are still great cards that should have no problems running crysis and such
     
  3. notatoad

    notatoad pretty fing wonderful

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    i'm not sure of the legal intricacies, but your 32-bit key will work on a 64-bit version. you just have to find a 64-bit installer cd. spending $270 on windows is definitely a waste of money. the graphics is probably the first thing i'd upgrade, but honestly, you have a great computer, you really don't need to upgrade. if i were you i'd find some other toys to spend my money on. or else save your money until nehalem.

    and overclock that cpu before you upgrade it. no point forking out cash when you can improve your performance in bios.
     
  4. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    I have to agree with supertoad.
    Ask a friend to lend you Vista 64-bit (any editions, all the disk are the same) disk, and use YOUR product key.
    Buying another Vista for the same machine is a waste of money.
     
  5. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    I ordered a 64 bit dvd, and went to install and my 32 bit cd never worked, i called in though and they gave me a new product key after a good 20 minutes of explaining to the damn people... I don't know why an American company runs it's tech support in India, sure they save money, but it was soo difficult to understand the clerk helping me, and it took a good 5 minutes for him to read me the damn product key because i couldn't understand if he was saying B or V, etc. etc.
     
  6. Steve-0

    Steve-0 New Member

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    Mansueto - you live in the states? so the 32-bit cd key didn't work on the 64 bit disk?....
     
  7. Steve-0

    Steve-0 New Member

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    Can i do a dual bootup?
    if i try to install the 64bit Ultimate, it removes/ has to delete everyone on my 32bit OS right?
    if so can i do a dual boot 32 and 64 bit?
     
  8. Skiddywinks

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    You can dual boot or you can back up what you want to keep and do a fresh install.
     
  9. GoodBytes

    GoodBytes How many wifi's does it have?

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    Personally, I believe that doing dual boot is too time consuming and complicated.
    I say, if you know that all your devices will work under Vista 64-bit, then their is no need of the 32-bit edition.
    Frankly, I should be the contrary, you have the 64-bit and you dual boot the 32-bit. As the 64-bit is more polished then the 32-bit version.
     
  10. LordLuciendar

    LordLuciendar meh.

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    64 and 32 can't live on the same machine... sorry, no dual booting.
     
  11. Hazardous

    Hazardous New Member

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    You can dual/triple/quad-boot many different OS' on the same system, so I don't see why 32bit and 64bit versions of the same OS (/Vista) "can't live on the same machine" :confused:
    They'd be installed in separate partitions - such that they're completely independent of one another.

    So what are your reasons for saying they can't?
     

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