Although not a gamer myself I would imagine that most games software suppliers have not developed 64bit versions yet and are not likely to do so until 64bit is more widely used. Anyway whats wrong with a Pentium 4 - its a good processor.
There's nothing wrong with using 64-bit - although I would like to know where you were told this? Just out of interest.
You can get specially modified versions of certain games that are tweaked especially for 64-bit (Far Cry has a patch that takes advantage of the faster hardware), but as far as I'm aware you'll be able to run all of your current games on the new system - unless you're also upgrading from Windows 98 to XP at the same time, as XP has problems running older DOS-based games.
Well, The Ghost of Inept Pig, I was told by a number of people, for one, someone who works at a local computing store, told me that, although they had 64 bit computers for sale, for gaming i wouldn't want them, as they (quote) "this might sound silly, but they're too powerful" - they won't run such games as, Red Alert 2, or Call Of Duty for example. another is one of my friends who says that we shouldn't get a computer with 64 bit as i will be unable to play the games that i want to play. Idealy, we (my son) want a gaming PC, we're wondering whether to buy a pre made one or make one customly ourselves.
Thankyou for your replies, and also in advance for further responses.
Thanks for the replies so far they're great and arebeing really helpful... so, your saying if i get a computer with a 64Bit processor, i will be able to play games without any problems? Because if thats the case, then I'm wondering what that guy meant at the computer shop about them being 'too powerful' for gaming purposes.