Bit of a dilemma here with my primary desktop machine suddenly up and dieing on me. I'm now in the market to slap together a new PC

I've started with looking at picking up an AMD64 based system. After Googling around for a while I still have some concerns I haven't been able to address. Probably just not looking the right places.

Mostly I'm worried about some of the proprietary stuff like Flash, Acrobat, nVidia Drivers, Java, and the like not working.

Is anyone out there actively using the AMD64 processor as a desktop machine? Are any of these 32-bit apps going to prove to be a show stopper for me?

The alternative appears to be the P4 with all the motherboards I've seen using audio devices that aren't supported. Still, I'd rather buy an old sound card and have all the software at least functional. Any advice out there?

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is."
- Yogi Berra
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