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Old 06-16-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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It has been a while since I built a PC. I plan to build one in the near future.
Which of the new AMD/Intel CPUs are capable of running either a 32 bit or 64 bit OS. I recall AMDs can run either 32 bit or 64 bit. What about the new Intel Core processors? And what's up with the Atom cpus.

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Now days they both can since cpu's are 64 bit and can run both 32 bit and 64 bit oses, 64 bits will allow you to use more than 4 gigs of ram.
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To expand a little bit on what Dblanchard1278 has stated...

Any modern (64bit) CPU is capable of running a 32 or 64 bit OS.

AMD has a solid CPU base.

Phenom II - Top of the line, up to 6 cores larger on die cache. Used for high-end gaming, power applications (photo/video editing, 3d design etc.) Unnecessary for most users.

Athlon II - Mid level, up to 4 cores. Great all-around CPU. Used for home systems, multi-media systems, gaming, word-processing, etc.

Sempron - Budget minded, low end CPU. Solid performance for most tasks. Falls short for gaming and media encoding.

APU - Special low power CPU for small form factor and media center PCs.

Intel

Core i7 (sandybridge) - Top of the line CPU. Up to four cores and eight threads. Same uses as Phenom II. Great for high level gaming, processing and media encoding.

Core i5 - Mid level CPU - up to 4 cores. Less feature rich version of the i7 to make it more affordable. Great for gaming and a broad range of applications.

Core i3 - Entry level CPU. Intel's budget CPU offering.

Atom - Low power/heat CPU for use in small form factor and media center PCs.
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