TSQL - largest integer type bigint?

This is mostly a TSQL question but C# enters in as well (down at the bottom).

What is the biggest TSQL data type for positive integer values?  Is it bigint?

If I am getting an overflow, what can be done?

I read somewhere that any calculations are done with both numbers as integers and the result is only casted as a bigint, or something or other.  I understand that to mean:

integer * integer = bigint

because you can't do this:

bigint * bigint = bigint             --(overflow??)

I think it is this line in the TSQL that is causing the problem:

(excerpted from the stored proc):


      @LookupListKey bigint,



SET @LookupListKey = (SELECT MAX(LookupListKey) * MAX(LookupListKey) FROM UNAdmin.SystemLocations)

I've been thinking of storing the result as a string, thinking that a string representation could represent an integer value far larger than int or bigint.  

Suggestions for storing very large numbers that won't fit in a bigint?

Side question:  What C# data type can hold the largest positive integer value?  What is the C# data type compatible with bigint?
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAsked:
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AndyAinscowFreelance programmer / ConsultantCommented:
DECIMAL I think stores more than a bigint.

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Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Huh....okay.  : )
Kyle AbrahamsSenior .Net DeveloperCommented:
BigInt:  -9.2 x 10^18 to 9.2 x 10^18
Decimal(38,0):  -10^38 to 10^38
Tom KnowltonWeb developerAuthor Commented:
Thank you both.
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