I know the gains can be quite large with 64-bit gaming applications or video editing, but in the most extreme counter example, I can't imagine that it would make any difference with notepad / wordpad, small apps.
My concern is that if I upgrade to later OSs, I just start paying for software all over again, feeling the need to have 64-bit software that wouldn't offer much in the way of value.
What's the best case for 64-bit if you're just doing 2-D video or at most watching a Blu-Ray movie?
I have a new and expensive RAID controller with both 32 and 64 bit driver versions for Windows, Linux and other OSs that I'm planning to install, so that's one motivation for asking.
I'm trying to get a sense of the tradeoff of faster 64-bit drivers versus the extra bloat of newer versions of windows.
Are the benefits of 64-bit overpowered by the bloat, or not?
Edited by lasitter, 07 October 2012 - 12:11 PM.