Having problems with your Dell Dimension 3100 PC Desktop ?

3 MB L2 Cache, supporting Intel® 64 architecture

\015 Hi,what does the above mean in particular" 3 MB L2 Cache," and I hear 32 bit is a better platform ? I'm not sure which way to go 50% of new computers 32 bit and 64 the rest Can some one help me upgrade to the better system It mainly for Entertainment,I will chose Nvidia in regards to chipset,that I do know lol.Thanks in advance\015

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I would like to explain about the processors cache using a crude explanation. I'm hoping this may may better sense.

You are doing a thesis for college. Along the way you find you need some information.
Where is it?
It's in a book, down in the basement, under the stairs, in a box of books, and it's the last book on the bottom. There is no basement light.

Down you go into the basement, flashlight in hand. You find the book, and head back upstairs.
Open the book, and find the page/s you need.

Now you need some more info. Where is it? Yep!
Back down in the basement you go.

OR, you could press a couple of keys on the keyboard in front of you, and have your information in seconds.

Basement scenario = Very little cache
Computer scenario = Large amount of cache.

The cache for a processor is a small memory area for the processor. It operates at the same 'Speed' as the processor does. It is the First memory area the processor 'sees'.
('Speed' is a slang term. It's actually Frequency Rate)

This article may explain it better for you,
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/481

32 Bit O/S compared to 64 Bit O/S
Not all programs are compatible with a 64 Bit Operating System. This is a very simple explanation. To get a better, more technical explanation, I invite you to read this,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64_bit
I could fill several pages on here as to an exact technical answer, but I don't feel this would benefit you. My desire is to answer your question the best that I can.

(My thoughts are with the Nvidia 750i chipset, or the 780i chipset. The 790i uses DDR3 ram, and DDR3 is overrated. Too expensive, and the ram timings are too slow.)
The Cache is a memory devoted to assist the main processor (more is better). And about the 32-bit vs. 64-bit issue, 64 is faster BUT 32 has a established base in software and drivers availability. Not for too long, be assured. Plan ahead based on the main software you are going to use (games, suites, etc.) and check for divers availability for your hardware, and if possible, go the 64-bit route.
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