I'm building a new semi-budget system that's quite an upgrade to what I have at the moment.
And I have a few questions nagging at me about it before I load the OS, MB drivers, Video Drivers, etc.
Here's what I'm putting in the system build...
ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz (unlockable)
Thermaltake CL-P0464 DuOrb 80mm CPU Cooler
1 X Western Digital VelociRaptor WD 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit
1066MHz @ CL 5-5-5-18 timings
POWERCOLOR AX4870 1GBD5 Radeon HD 4870 1GB Video Card
Sony Optiarc Black 24X 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive
CORSAIR-650TX ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
NZXT TEMPEST ATX Mid Tower Case
I'm putting Win 7 OS on it.
I've been using the 32-bit ver since it came out for testing.
I'm very pleased with it and will continue to use it.
So should I get Win 7 64-bit or 32-bit?
I assume I need to use all the Vista drivers on the CD that came with the MB unless I can get Win 7 drivers.
I checked the ASRock site and they don't have Win 7 drivers.
There are some Win 7 drivers I can get for it from AMD though, which I will.
Do I need to or should I put Win 7/Vista 64-bit & drivers or just Win 7/Vista 32-bit & drivers?
I put the Win 7/ Vista because I'm not sure I can get all Win 7 drivers so some may be Vista drivers.
All of my software and anything I can think of is 32-bit of course, because I've never run anything 64-bit.
Can I get most of the 64-bit software/drivers etc for what's in this sytem?
I already have some available that I've collected in the last few days.
If I can't get 64-bit software and I have 64-bit OS on it, will the 32-bit software/ programs run on it?
Is there any benefit to getting all 64-bit applications/ mobo / gpu /etc. drivers ?
I wasn't sure if this MB and all I'm putting in it would run better or benefit from using the Newer 64-bit.
If you recommend the Win 7 64-bit, let me know if there's anything I should watch out for or make sure to get.
One thing I'm wondering about is installing the SATA drivers and where do I get the latest version for 64-bit or 32-bit?
I have installed Sata raptors in most of my other systems.
Hit F6 when the OS install asks. Put the floppy in. That's on XP though.
Don't know if Win 7 does it differently. This will be a fresh install.
Because the drive is Sata 3.0 and I want it to run to it's full potential.
And yes I know I will be re-installing when Win 7 comes out.
I've already pre-ordered for all my pc's and lappy.
Ok, Any replies/suggestions are welcome. Thnx all.