Quote: Originally Posted by Gingbeard
I am planning to build a PC with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor (2.30GHz, 1MB Cache). The programs that will be open: Photoshop CS3 or CS4 (depending on the choice made), iTunes, Firefox 4. I am unsure whether to set it up with: Windows 7 32bit and 2GIG RAM or Windows 7 64bit and 4GIG RAM Can anyone advise? Will there be a huge difference in general usage speed? Please give reasons. PLEASE NOTE : I have read the comparison sticky on here - I am after advise regarding day to day use. Just web and the occasional picture edit
For photoshop go 64 bit so you can use as much of that 4GB as possible for it. If you use photoshop a lot and manipulate more than one large photo at a time like I do, then I would recommend you get 8GB of RAM.
There will not be an huge increase in speed, but you will get better performance with 4 GB in general (more inactive programs cached in RAM, better photoshop performance when using lots of RAM, etc.).
I really can;t see any reason for anyone not to go 64 bit - unless there is some really old legacy program that won't run as 32 bits under 64 bit OS - which is exceedingly rare I think.