32 v 64 bit

I know 64 bit allows for more RAM and runs slightly faster but is that all there is? Does anyone have a detailed explanation of 32 vs 64 bit windows? I am ordering a few new computers and am curious if I should get 32 or 64 bit. I would get 64 bit but I am not sure if it will have problems with certain programs. Any opinions?
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AustinComputerLabsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
This is a good basic FAQ on it:
http://www.w7forums.com/windows-7-64-bit-vs-32-bit-t484.html

for most purposes the extra RAM is the draw.

Make sure any apps you use will run on 64bit, most will unless they are old.
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MISOperationsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's always best to go with 64-bit, higher compatibility with newer software, and also the additions you mentioned yourself, 64-bit is the newer platform and will last longer and be more compatible in the long run.
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expert02232010Connect With a Mentor Commented:
They have done a good job of encapsulating the 32bit within the 64bit for the most part.  There are some specialized items that may not have a 64bit, or work with it, such as Novell VPN client, and possibly some older hardware drivers.  The ability to use more than 3GB ram should outweigh those concerns for any serious computer usage, or gaming.
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rpmcclyAuthor Commented:
well its a business machine so wont be any games and in all honestly the 3GB (3.25 or whatever it actually uses) is enough for what they will be doing which is why I am asking this question. I think I will go with 64-bit just because. Thanks for the replies.
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expert02232010Commented:
Without a price difference, I would go with 64bit.
note that MS recommends always installing the 32bit version of Office 2010 if you will share documents with any earlier versions or with 32bit Office 2010.
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