Originally Posted by BigLan
If you're running less than 4gb ram then 64bit has no benefit, and will run slightly slower.
I guess this is where I disagree or stop here.
While everything you said after this is probably true it's non applicable since I would never own a HTPC with less than 4GB of DDR3.
4GB is the absolute minimum acceptable to me and 4GB in 2X2GB sticks costs about $19 and 4GB in a single stick can be had for $12.99.
Since 32bit won't see more than 3GB of DDR, and I can get a 4GB stick for $12 it just pointless for me to bother with it. 32bit has no use for me.
I might be unique in my thinking- but I just choose not to have a PC with less than 4GB of RAM. It makes no sense to me given ram prices and given my Extreme intolerance for a slow PC.
I have built many $200 to $300 PC's in last 6 months, and none of them had less than 8GB of RAM, or a traditional HDD based OS installation.
To me- it's just unacceptable for either. It's very inexpensive for both an SSD and 4GB or more of RAM- and the performance improvement is so extreme that I find enough value to justify the cost.
I mean we are talking about a fresh installation in May of 2012- It just makes sense to own and/or upgrade to SSD and 64bit/4GB+ RAM. Even in an older platform. If you get to the point where the older DDR2 starts to cost more- then you reach the point of a $35 G630 CPU from microcenter + $35 H61 LGA1155 motherboard and 4GB DDR3 for $20. Total cost = Under $100 shipped for a totally new motherboard, CPU, and DDR3. This would be the option a budget minded person should take that is currently using a socket939 or LGA775 PC.
There is really no point in 32bit any longer. It's time has passed.