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Old 07-12-2010, 05:09 PM   #1
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Hey all! Should i run xp or 7 for my specs? General use, some light gaming, etc.
maybe some WoW

3.4 GHz HT processor
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250 GB HDD (7200 RPM)

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Old 07-12-2010, 05:42 PM   #2
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well, 7 is newer and just as good as xp,even better. so, pretty simple answer. but you'll want to make sure all your hardware and peripherals have drivers for win 7.
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Personally, if you're going to be doing gaming on it, go with XP. Some games, in my experience, have not worked with Win7 and I'm pretty pissed I blew all that money on Ultimate with little support.

You could also do a dual boot if you wanted to, just one idea.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:10 PM   #4
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I run a dual boot set up for studio and internet stuff.

I recently installed W7 64 bit Ultimate on the internet install and I love it. Dare I say it, WTH, it's better than XP.

I only play one game and it works fine and even though I can't comment on it's gaming abilities i'm seriously thinking about installing it on my studio install and running my audio software via W7 too.
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Old 07-12-2010, 06:18 PM   #5
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Personally, if you're going to be doing gaming on it, go with XP. Some games, in my experience, have not worked with Win7 and I'm pretty pissed I blew all that money on Ultimate with little support.
I would actually say 7 would be a better choice for gaming. XP DX support only extends to 9.
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^ +1, didn't know that.
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Yup, XP support ended at DX9.0c. Vista went to DX10, and we all know W7 supports DX11.

If you do decide to go with W7, I would suggest the 64-bit version and getting another 2GB of memory. 4GB is about the sweet spot for gaming and such.
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:06 PM   #8
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hey whats the difference between 64 bit and 32 bit? Just the 64 bit recognizes more RAM???
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Pretty much. 64-bit can handle larger amounts of RAM better which allows for better performance when running multiple programs or memory intensive apps.
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Yup, XP support ended at DX9.0c. Vista went to DX10, and we all know W7 supports DX11.

If you do decide to go with W7, I would suggest the 64-bit version and getting another 2GB of memory. 4GB is about the sweet spot for gaming and such.
Vista also supports DX11. I ran the Heaven benchmark on it, tessellation certainly worked.
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