Quote: Originally Posted by sup3rsprt
The frustration of dealing with incompatible software and drivers will totally outweigh any performance increase (which you will probably not get anyways).
As was said, you really need more RAM to make use of 64-bit Windows. Even then, 32-bit Windows is usually faster.
The only reason I use 64-bit is for Gaming. I play most of my games on 32-bit Windows XP with best speed. But a couple of games do run a tiny bit better in 64-bit.
What? Since when?
Here is the deal: x64 is the future. Basically every processor made in the last 5 (or more) years is a x64 bit processor. As long as you have over 2 gigs of RAM, then x64 is the better deal.
x86 (x32) cannot handle OVER 3.5 (or so) gigs of RAM, so if you get more than that, then you need x64 to get the benefit.
As to incompatibilities, I have only EVER had one program not be x64 compatible, and I fixed that by setting up a VM with a x86 arch.
Around the time Vista came out, newer systems were getting enough RAM to make x64 a viable alternative. The reason x64 drivers for XP were so hard to find was because almost no one used it; the hardware was not quite ready. Now, because a lot of computers are using 4 gigs of RAM, people started using it (just because it was what came installed). So with Vista, the x64 drivers became commonplace. With Seven, I have had only the ONE issue.
I don't know where you got your info sup3rsprt, but you are wrong! Over all (especially with newer systems), x64 is going to increasingly pull ahead.