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Old 06-18-2005, 07:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Ok there is a 64bit OS out windows cp pro x64 and hells yea i would go 64 if ur gonna play games. But i do beleive u can run 32bit apps on a 64 bit processor so i would go 64 bit and if u have a windows xp pro layin around u can trade it in and then just get the 64 for free!!!! if ur not playin too many games I.E HL2 and Doom3 i would go 32 if ur not playin those games but i heard the pentium m is one fast mofo if u get i think its a 2.13 it is like a 4.4 processor performance wize that is why they are really expensive. No game M games 64 bit all the way!!!!!but those laptops are gonna cost ya big bucks to play games on!!!!and i mean 2,500$ at least to be playin todays games
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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There is no benefit to running 64 bit now. Yes, there is a 64 but OS released by microsoft, but if you run it in 64 bit mode, you can not run 32 bit programs without hastle. From my understanding, whenever it goes to a 32 bit webpage or you run a 32 bit only game, they ask you if you want to run it on 32 bit instead because it cant be run 64 bit. That is a hastle. And no, those laptops will not cost you an arm and leg to play HL2 and Dooom 3. The 9600 can run doom 3 on lowest settings with half decent fram rates, and I think IBM or some other company offers a laptop with the 9600 for around 1500-1600, 5-6 pounds.
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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What about if gaming isn't a major factor in buying the laptop? I'm only going to use the laptop for light gaming (probably once a month, if I'm lucky)... and it's mostly going to be used by my dad for database stuff.. wouldn't 64-bit hold more potential so that when the time does come, we will already have a 64-bit capable processor instead of having to buy a new one?
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Old 06-18-2005, 08:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
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There is no benefit to running 64 bit now. Yes, there is a 64 but OS released by microsoft, but if you run it in 64 bit mode, you can not run 32 bit programs without hastle. From my understanding, whenever it goes to a 32 bit webpage or you run a 32 bit only game, they ask you if you want to run it on 32 bit instead because it cant be run 64 bit. That is a hastle. And no, those laptops will not cost you an arm and leg to play HL2 and Dooom 3. The 9600 can run doom 3 on lowest settings with half decent fram rates, and I think IBM or some other company offers a laptop with the 9600 for around 1500-1600, 5-6 pounds.
On a 64 bit operating system you can run 99% of applications without hastle. Their is no such thing as a 32 bit webpage, webbie is a webbie.

Personally I would go with the 64 bit for future proof, from what I know longhorn will be 64 BIT ONLY (Not a fact)
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:07 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Btw, I was mixed up on the 64 bit compatibility by the cnet review. You should check it out and see what performance difference 64 bit makes(not alot). Also, another issue is driver compatibility. Users must get a 64 bit driver for all their hardware. Alot of hasstle involved, when there is very little benefit.

Also, look here. Longhorn in 32 and 64 bit editions.
http://www.pcworldmalta.com/news/2004/May/081.htm

Finally, if the laptop can run the programs you want it to run, 64 bit compatibility will not be an issue. Software developers will not alienate a huge portion of the market who do not have 64 bit processors. In most likelyhood, 32 bit applications will get support well into 2008, 2009. By that time, your laptop will be 4 years old, and a new upgrade will be in store. Even if you get a 64 bit laptop, it will probabably also be lagging in performance and require an upgrade. So 64 bit compatability is almost a non-issue.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Hey, on the topic of laptops, would a 256mb x600 mobility do well in HL2?

Sorry about hijacking your thread but its a small question and I don't want to create an entire topic.
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Old 06-18-2005, 10:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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