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E6600
04-04-2007, 09:28 PM
Five years saving up since last upgrade, and I see myself soon getting a machine that will do my image processing faster. Thinking E6600/965 chipset sort of thing. Will accept Vista as default OS.

Now, do I ask for vanilla (32 -bit) or chocolate (64) Vista? Will hardware above bought in next 1-2 months use it? Over the life of the machine (2007-2012?) I imagine Photoshop CS and many others will be out in 64-bit versions.

Would I gain speed, or just more time before obsolescence? or nothing?

Your expertise welcomed.

winmacguy
04-04-2007, 09:52 PM
Now, do I ask for vanilla (32 -bit) or chocolate (64) Vista? Will hardware above bought in next 1-2 months use it? Over the life of the machine (2007-2012?) I imagine Photoshop CS and many others will be out in 64-bit versions.

Would I gain speed, or just more time before obsolescence? or nothing?


64 bit is ideal for image processing, gaming and DV editing. According to Adobe's press
"Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection for Mac OS X on Intel-based systems and for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista platforms will begin shipping worldwide in the third quarter of 2007."

CS3 is currently available...for Mac, with Vista coming out later in the year.

http://www.macworld.co.uk/procreative/news/index.cfm?newsid=17605

pctek
04-04-2007, 11:07 PM
It would be sensible to go for 64bit but its harder to get drivers and stuff at present.
That will change but expect hassles meanwhile.

Rob99
04-04-2007, 11:21 PM
I would stick with 32bit right now. I have just tried 64bit, I spent between 8 or 9 minutes (probally closer to 8) trying to get my printer working, not keen on buggaring around to much with something that aint gona work.

Go linux if you want a true 64bit OS, where things just kinda work.

Someone needs to shoot the hardware manfacturers, 64bit has been around for years and we still have next to no support with windows.

winmacguy
04-04-2007, 11:23 PM
About the only thing that won't be faster for you would be apps like MS Word. You should also gain additional multitasking abilities especially when under heavy loads.(Depends a lot on the OS)

Rob99
04-04-2007, 11:27 PM
I must say the latest Office 2007 apps open in the blink of an eye running on Vista, 10 times faster than Office 2003 on XP

SolMiester
05-04-2007, 12:21 PM
Rob99, use an HP printer if using 64bit, the drivers are written into the o/s.

OP, you will have plenty of advantages with 64bit o/s, like 4gb and over RAM, no 2gb application memory limit and much faster apps if they are 64bit.

Rob99
05-04-2007, 02:45 PM
Rob99, use an HP printer if using 64bit, the drivers are written into the o/s.The hp photosmart 7150 would seem not to be supported in either 32 or 64 bit, but I guess time will tell. They tell me comming soon on the hp website, so I am no better off either way.

winmacguy
05-04-2007, 04:15 PM
Here is a comparison chart of all operating systems both 64 bit and 32 bit. It might help you a bit when making your 32 bit Vs 64 bit decision.
http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=129284&page=1&type=table&zoomIdx=2

Poppa John
05-04-2007, 07:01 PM
Why not run the old & the new comps side by side. As 64 bit stuff becomes available you will gradually move over to the new M/c. It will give you time to get all the bugs out of the new one & still have the old one working. PJ :2cents: