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Any option (CS3, CS4 or waiting for CS5 in 16-18 months) are all logical options for various reasons.
For you though, you might get the best mileage out of CS4, as there are certain advantages when running on Vista 64 (versus CS3, for which very little was done to take advantage of the extra features of Vista 64). In particular, Photoshop will run a 64-bit app on Vista 64. Premiere Pro also has some additional functionality on Vista 64.
CS5 should probably bring more full-fledged 64-bit apps, and better features in general (or at least one would hope). but it's not likely to be released or announced even until Q1 2010.
I'm running 8GB on a Dual Xeon Dual core Rig with Vista 64. AE sees the 8GB or at least the options makes you think it's using them. PhotoShop 64 utilizes the rig very well.
VISTA SP2 WARNING..
However, I installed SP2 last night and for whatever reason Premiere exits and closes it self out after about 20 seconds of LOADING on the screen.
Just uninstalled SP2 and Premiere now works again..Whew!
It's usually a good idea to install Service Packs on a clean O/S ( install before all your drivers ). Not very practical for some, but, for power users it avoids all the unnecessary conflicts that can arise as SP's can overwrite some drivers / reg etc....