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Old 09-06-2009, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default 64bit OS Confusion

Iím confused on the 64bit OS thing; I hope someone can clear this up for me. If you wanted to upgrade to a 64bit OS do you need to make sure all components in your system are able to handle that? When you look at new PC component requirements/specís it doesnít normally mention ď64bit compatibleĒ does that mean that itís kind of like an industry standard its implied by the absence of the 64bit compatible label? Or is it a pure software thing and has nothing to do with the hardware so they donít mention it. Iím really only wondering about the motherboard, RAM, and video card do those specifically have to say they can work with a 64bit OS? (normally the CPU says something about 64bit).
The reason why I ask is because I want to build a new rig and would like to have a 64bit OS on it; vista or 7. And donít want to go and get the parts that I think will work and turns out they wonít because its 64bit. (Though thatís what the receipt is for :P)

Thanks for any input.
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Old 09-07-2009, 03:24 AM   #2
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Just the processor needs to be 64bit capable
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to go along with folder, if you processor is x64 then your motherboard will be also. The simple way to explain it is when computers went from 16bit to 32bit, but now its 32bit to 64 bit, its a CPU architecture.
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Thanks alot guys!
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