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#1 Aug 31 2010 at 1:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey guys just a quick questions...

Which will run ffxiv better if my PC has the capability to either or?

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#2 Aug 31 2010 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
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I have Windows 7 64bit and it runs fine. I'd say if it's not too much trouble, you could try playing the game on both.
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#3 Aug 31 2010 at 2:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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It depends on how much memory you have or are planning to have in your PC. 32-bit OSs can't support more than 4GB of memory, though it is recommended to not use more than 3GB since it may have issues fully utilizing or even recognizing a 4th gig. While 64-bit OSs do have a theoretical RAM cap as well, it is high enough that I don't even think it is possible to reach it with current hardware technology. I'm not even sure what the 64-bit cap is, I think it's something ridiculous like 128GB.

Obviously your CPU plays a part in the decision as well, since if you don't have a 64-bit CPU then you can't use a 64-bit OS, but if your hardware is so old that you have a 32-bit processor then you aren't going to be able to run FFXIV anyway, so this is a non-issue.

I'd recommend using a 64-bit OS and running at least 4GB of RAM, but preferably 6GB or more. If you aren't planning on using more than 3GB of RAM then 32-bit vs 64-bit won't make a big difference.
#4 Aug 31 2010 at 2:23 PM Rating: Decent
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32 only supports 4 gigs? I just ordered 4 more gigs (8 total). So I should install 64bit for sure then?

Thanks btw
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#5 Aug 31 2010 at 2:28 PM Rating: Good
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32 only supports 4 gigs? I just ordered 4 more gigs (8 total). So I should install 64bit for sure then?


Yes. 32 bit systems can only address a logical maximum of. . I wanna say 3.5 gig [though newer 32 bit systems can "see" all 4 gig] To run more than that you need to move up to a 64 bit system.

At vista launch the there were compatibility issues on 64 bit systems and there was some cause for concern to upgrading. These days, however, 64 bit is finally going more mainstream. I can think of no real reason [hardware permitting] not to go 64 bit.
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#6 Aug 31 2010 at 2:29 PM Rating: Good
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seneleron wrote:
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32 only supports 4 gigs? I just ordered 4 more gigs (8 total). So I should install 64bit for sure then?


Yes. 32 bit systems can only address a logical maximum of. . I wanna say 3.5 gig [though newer 32 bit systems can "see" all 4 gig] To run more than that you need to move up to a 64 bit system.

At vista launch the there were compatibility issues on 64 bit systems and there was some cause for concern to upgrading. These days, however, 64 bit is finally going more mainstream. I can think of no real reason [hardware permitting] not to go 64 bit.


Agreed.

No reason not to.

#7 Aug 31 2010 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
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#8 Aug 31 2010 at 3:31 PM Rating: Good
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Basically there's no reason to get 32 bit operating systems anymore unless you have less than 4 gigs of ram. And if you do have less than 4 gigs of ram you should get 4 gigs of ram...so really 32 bit is obsolete.

And yes, if you have more than around 3.5 gigs of ram you'll need to have a 64 bit operating system in order to use it (I honestly thought this was common knowledge by now) so if you have 4 gigs you can't even use that amount fully with a 32 bit os let alone you buying 4 more gigs...it's a total waste of money unless you get 64 bit.
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