I doubt that there is one out yet. What I'm waiting for is AA in 64 bit form. It's gonna be AWESOME!
ofcr KAH...I don't think most Win32 OS'es even support more than 2-3GB.
32-bit OSes have a 4 GB memory limit. However, several terabytes of virtual memory can be used. Windows 2003 and Windows 2000 DataCenter have passed the 4 GB limit by using a technology called PAE (look it up...).
I personnally went with a Hyper-threading P4 with an Intel mobo. I figured that I couldn't lose with an Intel processor on an Intel mobo. And on top of that, I like Intel's Application Accelerator; and they are constantly updating the BIOS.
But, is there an OS that utilizes the P5's capabilities?
Yes there is an OS. There are several including Windows Server 2003, HP-UX, and Linux to name a few.
Hyper threading isn't made for simple gaming, it is good if u have a business or a server but if u want a simple gaming computer it is not really necessary. I don't have one, what do u guys think of the hyper-threading p4? BTW i think amd is out of the question now lol! but I used to have amd and it wasn't stable at all.
Not all Win32 OS'es have a 4GB limit. I don't think Win9x/ME even supported 1GB. NT4/5 & XP might support some more, but 4GB sounds unrealistic for those. Maybe Win2003 server.
Mekirme, I never have any problems with my AMD CPU. It's always very performant, and it's a known fact that Intel cheat with specifications. I've heard that some of the older AMD CPUs were quite crappy, but at the moment AMD is very good. They're also cheaper than Intel. In reality the real difference between AMD and Intel isn't that big, not in any way you notice. So I'll just say go for the best MhZ/$$ rate.
When it comes to mobos my recommendation is ASUS. They have some really nice high performance mobos.
ofcr KAHNot all Win32 OS'es have a 4GB limit. I don't think Win9x/ME even supported 1GB. NT4/5 & XP might support some more, but 4GB sounds unrealistic for those. Maybe Win2003 server.
You "think"? "Sounds" unrealistic? "Maybe"? Great post...
Well, you can take my original post as the gospel. Why? Because I researched it on Microsoft's website before I posted. I'll say it again: 32-bit OSes have a 4GB memory limit (virtually unlimited virtual memory limit).
And, true, if you want a "simple" gaming system, then Hyper-Threading (HT) isn't for you. But if you're like me and you play AA:O, listen to music, and run an instant messenger in the background, then HT was made for multi-taskers like us. Have you noticed when your IM chimes in, the game pauses briefly? With HT, you don't get that...
Yes, with HT you don't get that slight pause before aa minimizes. I recommend Hyper-Threading if you can afford it. It speeds it up, and isn't that expensive.
What are u going to use the computer for crack mite?
At home mainly for games and possibly a game server, but I'm also planning on doing some music editing and stuff like that. One thing I really hate is to be playing a game and hit the Windows key. Hopefully HT will speed up the application switching as well. I also run a IM in the background as well as a few other progs I like to keep running but have to shut them down when I run AAO. I also might be using it at church some for music and preaching recording and then converting it to MP3 and then later burning it to CD.
I wasn't able to find specific information on all Win32 OS'es on Microsoft's site (if it's there at all it's hidden behind a barrage of useless information), so maybe you'd be kind enough to direct me to where you found that information?
I was however able to find out that Windows 2000 (advanced server, although I suppose it applies to the entire series of Win2k variants) does support 8GB of memory, so I stand corrected about that bit. I'll be truly amazed if you can prove that earlier versions support 4GB.
8 gb's??? Damn that's a lot!