View Full Version : vista 64 or 32 bit ??????

03-05-2009, 03:30 PM
im probably gonna buy an hp laptop, this one (http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=Performance+and+entertainment&series_name=dv6t_series)

and i can upgrade to 64 bit for free

should i?? whats better about it
thanks a lot!!

03-05-2009, 03:53 PM
oh, and how much better is "vista ultimate"

03-05-2009, 11:09 PM
Typical PCs are 32 bit. Upgrading to 64 bit architecture doubles the potential of your computer. One down side is, most software is still only offered in 32 bit.

03-06-2009, 08:26 AM
What do you plan on running/using on the PC?

03-06-2009, 01:21 PM
um... mostly just normal college stuff
maybe a few games...nothing big
but yeah, surfing the web, documents and maybe some CAD

03-06-2009, 01:27 PM
oh, and music, so itunes, maybe some audio editing programs...but yeah, just the basic stuff ;)

03-06-2009, 01:46 PM
Since your planning on running normal programs I would probably just go for 32 bit, 64 bit can be pain.

Only reason I would use 64 bit over 32 bit is:
1. you have more then 3.33GB of Ram, thats all 32 bit can use
2. you heavily use programs that take full advantage of 64 bit programing
3. you don't mind BSing with drivers trying to get something to work that normally just plugs in and runs

If you get both 32 bit and 64 bit CDs with the pc you could always try both before deciding. It is really easy to format and reinstall the OS when you have nothing on the PC yet that you care about saving.

03-06-2009, 05:40 PM
ok, thanks!!

03-06-2009, 08:47 PM
I use 32bit simply because it's stable and commonly used. Vista has emulation for dual core processors I believe, which is why mine works just fine with my 2.53ghz C2D in my laptop. I also only use 2gb of DDR3 RAM, so it's ok with that. My photo editing software doesn't use TOO much resources unless I'm uploading pictures, and I use ReadyBoost with a high-speed SD card (I have a built-in reader and they're just laying around) to keep it all working ok.

For a laptop in that price range, I'd actually go for a 14" screen as it has MUCH better battery life. My Lenovo T500 with 15.4" screen and 9 cell batter averages 5hrs of battery life, but their T400 (14" screen) gets 9hrs. That could be very advantageous for long school days without access to a power source.