32 or 64 bit for new build?

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32 or 64 bit for new build?

#1 Postby chrispop99 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:37 pm

I've just ordered the parts for a new machine. These include an Intel i5 2500K, and 8GB RAM. It will have a 60GB SSD as the boot drive. The machine will become my "everyday" box; it will mostly only have light use such as web browsing, and a bit of office work. Absolutely no gaming, but watching HD video is envisaged.

(I realise the specification will be total overkill, but I have the budget so why not?)

I need to decide whether to install 32 or 64 bit Mepis. I realise that if I use 32 bit, I will need to install the PAE kernel to use all the RAM. One worry is that I need to run a 32 bit XP install inside Virtual Box, and I'm not sure that will be possible with a 64 bit install.

Any opinions please?

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Re: 32 or 64 bit for new build?

#2 Postby uncle mark » Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:54 pm

It's 2012, fer cryin' out loud. Run 64bit.

Be sure and install the ia32 lib packages. Then don't look back.
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Re: 32 or 64 bit for new build?

#3 Postby arjaybe » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:01 pm

And no problem running 32-bit guest in VB with 64-bit Mepis either.
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Re: 32 or 64 bit for new build?

#4 Postby chrispop99 » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:08 pm

uncle mark wrote:It's 2012, fer cryin' out loud. Run 64bit.


Yebbut look at the spec I'm running (in my sig). It's still 2003 in my world!

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Thanks for the advice,

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Re: 32 or 64 bit for new build?

#5 Postby richb » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:11 pm

Happily running 32 bit on a 64 bit machine. My reasons are probably now dated re flash and other apps not being available for 64 bit, so 64 is probably the way to go. However I must say I see no performance difference with 32 bit compared to 64 bit for the operations I perform. No compiling, ripping or calculation intensive apps.
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Re: 32 or 64 bit for new build?

#6 Postby uncle mark » Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:29 pm

chrispop99 wrote:
uncle mark wrote:It's 2012, fer cryin' out loud. Run 64bit.

Yebbut look at the spec I'm running (in my sig). It's still 2003 in my world!


I know the feeling. I took the plunge and got current about 15 months ago. My old kit was even older and slower than yours.

You're going to love the difference in performance.
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Re: 32 or 64 bit for new build?

#7 Postby m_pav » Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:11 pm

64-bit handles the memory map way better than 32-bit, so you're best to go 64 all the way, and where VM's are concerned, you'll definitely appreciate having a 64-bit host.

The speed difference 64-bit makes in CPU intensive apps is remarkable and it leaves 32-bit in the dust.

With your SSD, you can look forward to LibreOffice opening in less than 3 seconds, the first time since a cold boot or a reboot, and around .5 of a second after that for subsequent starts, until you reboot again. Compare that with 8-12 seconds cold and 3-5 seconds hot for regular hard disk on a late model machine. My timings are based on a Seagate Hybrid drive with only 4GB SSD, yours should be better IF (and only if) you purchased a 2nd generation SSD. If not, return it before you use it and make sure you get one, they are faster and more reliable.

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