I have a system with a Athlon II X4 620 (4x2.6Ghz) and 8GB ddr2 800. Now I would like to know if there is a 64bit version so I will be able to use the full 8 GB ddr and not just a part of it like with Windows.
Also I would like to know if the format of the hdd Opensuse uses is able to handle files bigger then 4GB like the NTFS system under Windows. I ask this cause I watch Bluray images of up to 50GB and also have some backup ISO’s of 20GB which I want to store on the HDD.
I am using 64 bit opensuse 11.4, on an athlon processor (probably a slower processor than yours). It is working fine.
You should be able to do most of what you want with a 32 bit system. That will probably install the desktop kernel which has pae support and should allow use of all of your memory. But it is probably best to go with a 64 bit system.