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Re: hardware for Mathematica 6.0

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  • Subject: [mg80029] Re: hardware for Mathematica 6.0
  • From: "David Park" <djmpark at>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2007 02:02:52 -0400 (EDT)
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I recently bought a new computer and one problem I ran into was the 32-bit 
vs. 64-bit operating system question. It is very difficult to buy a PC (from 
Dell or HP say) that will come with a 64-bit operating system - even though 
you specify a 64-bit CPU. One might, or might not be able to install a 
64-bit operating system yourself but then you may lose all software 
warranty. (I got the 32-bit Vista Home Premium OS.)

>From what little information I was able to glean, 64-bit Mathematica is not 
necessarily faster than 32-bit. It mainly buys you the ability to directly 
address larger memory spaces. Most Mathematica applications will work fine 
with the 32-bit version. In any case, most users may want to clear up this 
question both with respect to their need for a 64-bit OS and what a PC 
supplier is actually going to supply before they plunk down their money.

David Park
djmpark at

"David Cardon" <cardon at> wrote in message 
news:f9gv7e$b73$1 at
> I'm about to purchase a new computer and good performance with Mathematica 
> 6.0 is my main priority.  Can anyone prioritize which hardware components 
> (dual-core, quad-core, graphics cards, etc) are likely to give the most 
> "bang for the buck" when it comes to dynamic graphics, number crunching, 
> symbolic computation, etc ?
> I can spend up to about $4000.  I was planning on using Windows XP.

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