View Full Version : 32 bit vs 64 bit

09-18-2010, 03:56 AM
I am thinking of getting a dell with 64 bit configuration and also a graphics card AMD radeon 5450 1 gb and also 8GB RAM...what I would like to know the difference between 32 bit and 64 bit. I wonder if I can still use older software like photoshop version 7 and others, Dells say it is okay!?...but I need more RAM as I am only using 3 gb of ram now and it is slowing my animation down a bit.

09-18-2010, 04:13 AM
Every thing works on 64x only very old hardware for printers and digital cameras won't work because there aren't any drivers. But except from that everything works just the same. I would buy a Nvidia graphics card not an ATI. Nvidia is just better.

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09-18-2010, 04:36 AM
Thanks for the info...I will ponder on the video card, as I have Nidia now on my 32 bit computer.

09-18-2010, 04:51 AM
Something to note.

One of the big reasons for going 64bit is the ability to access more than 2 gigs of memory for any application or process.

Yes you can use your older Photoshop 7...but it is only 32bit...and not 64bit native...so you are limiting yourself to 2 gigs again.

You want to get as many native 64bit applications so that you can use the whole memory space...and thus improve your speed and workflows...especially dealing with graphics and video.


09-18-2010, 09:39 AM
Not sure if it's any help to you; but I started up an identical thread with the same question. Some of the helpful answers may be of additional use to you: 32-bit vs. 64-bit (http://www.newtek.com/forums/showthread.php?t=112467)


09-18-2010, 11:37 PM
I'll second the Nvidia card. ATI cards seem like the better value at times but with pro apps like like LW, Autodesk and Adobe products - Nvidia all the way. ATI has a terrible history of poor driver support - stay away you won't regret it.