@joek - that's not what I'm saying at all, I guess I'm not being very clear.
What I'm saying is that once 64-bit apps and games start coming out in the few years my 64-bit laptop will start to become more and more useful than a 32-bit one. I will get a magical boost in performance once 64-bit drivers are optimized and whatnot. 64-bit software will run faster on fully optimized 64-bit systems than 32-bit versions, there's no doubt in that.
So you see, I'm saying that for probably about 3 years (maybe less, maybe more) our laptops will perform about the same. After that, mine will continue to get "faster" as 64-bit tech is perfected. Now I'm saying faster compared to present day 32-bit lappies not new machines.
For most people, this doesn't matter too much because they will be getting a new laptop by that time. I need this laptop to last for at least 4 years, maybe more so 64-bit seems like the only way to ... *sigh* ... future-proof it. And like I said, I wanted raw power more than I wanted battery life but not so little battery life that I was glued to the wall. Athlon 64 is still the best DTR processor around.
*someone asked how long it would be until we start seeing 64-bit, and my guess is that the first wave will come in 1-2 years. It'll only be a small wave at first, but I expect most software to be made in 64 bits (and possibly 32 bit too) within 3 years. just a guess
That's all I have to say unless I need to defend myself again