Building a Media Center PC, 64bit or 32bit

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Patrick Louis, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. I'm building a home theater computer from scratch and have selected all my
    components (see below) but one, the OS. I am trying to decide if I should
    get the 64bit or 32 bit version of Vista Home Premium. I've beeing reading
    some of the other posts out there and the general vibe I'm getting is 64bit
    will be the platform of the future while 32bit is the here and now. What I
    haven't seen is if I'd get any benefit running the 64bit version in regards
    to Media Center performance (or if it would work at all).

    I've checked and the hardware all has 64bit drivers. I haven't checked (nor
    do I completely understand) the compatibility of the software I'd be using
    with a 64bit platform, but all I'd really need would be the correct
    audio/video codecs.

    So would 64bit provide more benefits over the 32bit version for somone who
    will primarily use it as a PVR with Media Center?

    Also, should I fork over the extra cash to get the Full Retail version or
    save some dough by purchasing the OEM version?

    CPU ~ AMD 64x2 5600+
    MOBO ~ Asus M2N-E nForce 570 Ultra MCP
    RAM ~ 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800
    VC ~GigaByte GeForce 8500GT 256 MB GDDR3
    TV Tuner ~ AverTV Combo PCI-e
    Patrick Louis, Jun 30, 2007
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  2. Well, given that you have the drivers you need, you could do either. Both
    should work. I guess part of the equation is what your comfort level is with
    being in the leading edge v. middle of the pack. Some folks do 64bit not
    because they have a compelling need but simply to be doing what's new.
    Others avoid it for exactly the same reason.

    One reason to buy the Retail copy, v. the OEM copy would be the right to use
    the 64bit OR the 32bit. (but not both at the same time). (You would need to
    order the DVD for the other version, since I believe only Ultimate comes
    with both DVDs in the box. )
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jun 30, 2007
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  3. Patrick Louis

    Barb Bowman Guest

    I've been very happy with the performance of 64 bit Ultimate (the
    MCE bits are the same as in Premium) with my Media Center machines.
    The key is to insure that the tuner has 64 bit drivers. The decoders
    and codecs you need for TV are included with Vista. You should ask
    aboutthe AVER TV pci tuner card in the media center newsgroup if doesn't answer your
    questions (appears to have x64 support).

    On Sat, 30 Jun 2007 13:06:00 -0700, Patrick Louis <Patrick

    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jun 30, 2007
  4. Patrick Louis

    roman modic Guest


    HTH, Roman
    roman modic, Jul 1, 2007
  5. Patrick Louis

    Barb Bowman Guest

    not sure of the relevance of what you posted to Media Center in
    particular. the WHS issues that impact MCE are that it excludes
    Recorded TV in backups AND the DRM schemes in Windows in general
    prohibit recording to a networked drive.


    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jul 1, 2007
  6. Why would you quote a site that has a long history of uneveness at best?
    When you have probably THE most knowledgeable MVP on the subject posting?
    And what does the WHS stuff have to do with this in any case?

    Seriously, Barb lives this stuff. If she says it's good, I'd be the last
    person to argue with her. You'll notice my answer didn't answer WRT Media
    Center specifically, but more generally on 64-bit. And I _don't_ think that
    "if you have to ask, the answer is no". Sometimes, definitely. But here was
    a user who had done his homework (he knew to check for drivers, and knew he
    was covered), but asking what I took to be a final "sanity check" question
    for confirmation. I gave him the "what's your tolerance for the new" reply,
    and Barb gave him the "I'm using it and it works" answer he was asking for.


    Charlie Russel - MVP, Jul 1, 2007
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