1.    29 Jul 2015 #1

    Sr. Citizen Question Re Which Vers., and On Brands Desktop Reliabity ?


    Hello,

    Guess I will be getting the "Home" edition for W10 on a new Desktop.

    I understand that it is avail. in a 64 bit version also.
    True ?

    For a very typical home user (Desktop) with no gaming, etc., but lots of internet "surfing", does the
    64 bit version (if I am correct that there is one ?) offer any "meaningful"
    advantages ?

    Any caveats against getting the 64 bit version, e.g., all and any programs should still work, etc. ?

    And, which Desktop vendors have the best reliability these days ?

    Any good site that offers non-biased reliability ratings ?

    HP Desktops still thought of highly, or...?

    Much thanks, appreciate the help,
    Bob
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  2.    29 Jul 2015 #2
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
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    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Fast observation:
    1. Yes,, 64bit is worth it over the 32bit counterpart.
    2. And now a days the only version of Windows 10 that OEM's(HP etc) offer is 64bit.
    3. HP still makes a good PC. Them and Dell are rather good.. oh and Lenovo. Out of all of them I would get the Lenovo. But in my case I got a custom built one but you will not need to go that rout.

    HTH
    Jeff

    PS, Welcome to the forums.
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  3.    29 Jul 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    San Antonio, TX
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    MS Windows 10 Pro - Perm Activation of 10585

    Robert
    I have an Acer i5 A5600U, 64bit Desktop and 2 touch 24" monitors. I have been very happy with them and speed for the last 3 years. IMHO Acer hardware does a good job. I got mine at BBuy and it has done a fine job. I have been Sr. Citizen for 20+ years.... probably 98% of your programs will be fine. Please send me a note anytime.
    be safe, best to you,, Cliff
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  4.    29 Jul 2015 #4
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    Windows 7 64

    Even if I was to buy or set up a new web/mail/media only machine with a mere 4GB RAM I'd install the 64 bit system.
    It doesn't make any sense to stick with 32 bit system even in that case as 32 bit can't even make full use of all 4GB.

    As others said, Dell or HP is good.
    I build my own usually but have a older HP in a bedroom for years now as a media machine and browser. Works great.
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  5.    29 Jul 2015 #5
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    Windows 7 and Windows 8

    1. Yes the 64 bit version is available, but so is the 32 bit version. This was primarily done for machines upgrading from XP/Vista that have less resources and would require a 32 bit version.

    2. 64 bit version just offers more versatility with any kind of program. Although most programs (ex: Office) are 32 bit and will run on either 32 bit or 64 bit, some programs do require 64 bit, with this, in the future if the near future, more programs will become 64 bit exclusive and having a 64 bit machine will future proof your PC.

    3. My top 3 choices for PCs as of today are Lenovo (3 of my most recent personal PCs have been Lenovo PCs and fairly reliable), HP (Use HP machines at work, all 90 users within the corporate office have HPs), and Asus (What we in my IT office call the hidden treasure of PCs since not a lot of people like them but they make reliable and reasonably priced computers). Personally I would stay away from Dell because of their terrible support as well as I have heard of recent problems with Acer and Toshiba machines.

    Hope this helps you in your search!
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  6.    29 Jul 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by RetentiveHybrid View Post
    3. My top 3 choices for PCs as of today are Lenovo (3 of my most recent personal PCs have been Lenovo PCs and fairly reliable), HP (Use HP machines at work, all 90 users within the corporate office have HPs), and Asus (What we in my IT office call the hidden treasure of PCs since not a lot of people like them but they make reliable and reasonably priced computers). Personally I would stay away from Dell because of their terrible support as well as I have heard of recent problems with Acer and Toshiba machines.

    Hope this helps you in your search!
    I would have to agree, Lenovo's are good, my work also uses HPs and they are ok, and personally I use Asus at home. I typically get the gaming machines because they are so high end and so cost efficient compared to like...Alienware, but my last Asus lasted me 11 years till I overheated the powerpack on accident.

    From personal experience, Toshiba's are just garbage, stay far away. Dell's service is also horrible, and not sure if they are still made but Vaio's were overpriced hunks of junk as well.
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  7.    29 Jul 2015 #7
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    The main point to running a 64 bit version of Windows is that it allows you to access more than 4GB of RAM. Actually, if you have 4GB of RAM installed, you won't be able to access all of it from a 32 bit copy of Windows, so some PCs with only 4GB of RAM still have a 64 bit version of Windows installed.

    There are also 64 bit programs that can make use of lots of RAM for serious number crunching. If you needed that, you'd know already.

    Yes, Windows 10 Home is available in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

    It may be possible to find software that runs under a 32 bit version of Windows but not 64, but it'd be unusual. I expect that most PCs are now sold with the 64 bit OS.

    I don't know what to recommend for hardware. My first "IBM compatible" was a Dell Pentium 133 purchased in the fall of 1995. All of my desktops since then (first new one was in 1997) have been assembled by me, using parts selected by me. (Hint: don't expect to save money that way.)

    Every place I've worked in the last 20 years has had their PCs supplied under contract from Dell. These have been leased machines, so I can't speak to their longevity, as the PCs are replaced every 3 years or less. For owners at home, Dell used to offer in-home warranty repairs. That was done by contractors, so I imagine that the quality of the service was variable. I don't know whether that is still an option.

    It might be better to buy a machine locally. If you have access to a MicroCenter, that may be preferable to Best Buy. (Best Buy's in-house service is notoriously incompetent. I don't know about MicroCenter, but at least they'd have a broader selection. That's based on my last experience there, a couple of years ago. None are local to me.) You may also be able to get a custom one from a local shop, although some of them cut costs by doing things like using low-end motherboards. (The low-end motherboards probably run satisfactorily for years, for most owners.)
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