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64bit Windows XP pro

Discussion in 'Software' started by greenbrucelee, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I have just found out that I have won an online competition with the prize being a 64bit Windows XP pro disc (OEM) along with a Nvida 8600GT graphics card.

    Am I right in thinking XP pro is dones as 32bit aswell?

    Also What would you consider proper hardware requirements for the 64bit version?

    As I already have that graphics card I was intending to go SLI mode, would this cause any instability with an OS?

    Cheers.
     
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    have a look at the HCL. i couldnt as i do not run IE as yet
    http://winqual.microsoft.com/hcl/Default.aspx
     
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    Huh! me is now jealous and wants to know which web site you won competition from:). Well on a serious note the 64bit version should still run on a 32bit hardware as I belief there is backward compatibility.
     
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    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/64bit/facts/sysreq.mspx

    You can still use the graphics card though 8)
     
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    apparently my mobo is 64bit compatible I am running OEM xp home 32bit at the moment, I was also slightly worried about my processor its a C2D E6400 2.1GHz.

    The competition was from a local net cafe near me, you had to answer some questions about RAM and Windows and apperently I was the only one to get it all right :)
     
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    in my experience XP 64 bit is no where near ready for consumption, its a PITA with driver hell
    if you want a 64 bit OS look at Vista, its fare more polished, driver support is ace (I buy only quality parts, and have had no problems as of yet, and run some weird shite)
     
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    Sounds like it will cause problems, I might sell it or see if the cafe will give me the 32bit version instead.
     
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    In the future I may look at vista but I would want to dual boot with XP and either migrate from the case I have now because its crap and not well ventilated or build a new comp.
     
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    AFAIK all the core 2 cpu's support 64bit, quick google would confirm it though.
     
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    I had 64bit XP installed for a while. But the main problem was drivers so it came off in short order. Phoenix is right, if your going 64 bit windows stick with Vista.
     
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    I'll see if the Net Cafe will give me a 32bit version instead.

    Instead of me creating a new thread which is slightly related to this I thought I would just add to it.

    MY motherboard is ASUS P5NE-SLI very good board imo but the Northbridge only uses passive cooling and the southbridge has nothing, because my case is not very well ventilated I added extra fans and an exhuast fan inside as it was getting very hot.

    I would like to put in more components eventually (extra cards, HDD etc) but fear overheating, so if I was to migrate my bits to another case do I have to take of the heat sink and fan before removing the motherboard?
     
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    No 8)
     
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    Cheers mate :)

    I was thinking about building a new comp in about 6 months time, but might save money bu suping up the one I have but I know I need a better case to accomodate the components I want.

    Also can someone recommend a good PSU around 7 - 850watts that has a decent amount of connectors for fans as my mobo has only two case fan connections.
     
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    New case perhaps? 8)
     
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    Yep have been looking at the Antec P180B
     
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    To be honest, with the price of cases and components nowadays, I would make life easier on yourself and start from scratch - keep the items that can be used in a new computer, maybe HDD, gfx, RAM etc. rather than cram it into a case that sounds a little overloaded already.

    There will be a cost balance between saving money on add-on components and starting from scratch but cases aren't just built to hold everything together, they are designed to assist in cooling - why put more stuff in than a case could handle??
     
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    I love my P180B case. However, it isn't inexpensive, as far as cases go...
     
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    I found one the other day for £58 maybe in 6 months it will have dropped further :)
     
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    That's interesting. Almost two years ago now Debian's native 64-bit OS worked out of the box on my HP laptop. The only thing that I didn't get working was the wireless, and that's only because I wanted everything to be native 64 bit and not run anything in a chroot. If I had accepted that compromise I would have been running a 64-bit OS on it since I got it. And, HP laptops are not known for being Linux-friendly.

    By this I'd have to say Linux support for 64-bit computing has outpaced the Windows world by quite a large margin. I haven't tried the Debian version again myself, but from what I've read it's been improved a lot from when I tried it. I may have to go install it just to see how far they've come.
     
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