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Thread: New System build, which OS should i use.




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    Default New System build, which OS should i use.

    I just buit an i7 system with 6gb ram, Crossfire 4870 video cards.

    I have 32 bit XP which i could install

    OR

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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    let me try again...

    i have the 32 bit version of xp which i could install, then buy windows 7 when it is available OR Buy an OEM vesion of Vista home premium 64 bit. Would there be a big performace difference from XP 52 bit versus Vista 64 bit as far as gaming is concerned? i know that with the 32 bit i would not be able to take full advantage of teh 6 gb of RAM.
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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    If you want any OS support from Microsoft, then go Vista over XP. Windows 7 is looking promising, though. Regardless, make sure to get a 64-bit OS because of the amount of memory you have installed.
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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    thanks, i decided to purchase vista 64 home premium.

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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    Keep in mind that many programs do not have support for 64-bit. It would be advisable to stick with 32-bit until that issue is resolved.

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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    I'm curious as to what programs you have that don't work with 64 bit? So far (in a year and a half or so of using Vista 64) I've run into one older game that didn't like 64 bit.
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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    ... a few days later and no responce.... hmm. Reality is that Vista 64 did not have great driver support when it was originally released but that really shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone. Most modern hardware should have no problem using a 64 bit O/S these days. As far as program support goes: it is mainly a non issue since nearly all programs work just fine. There are not really that many programs that are truely optimized for 64 bit computing but that will change as time passes.
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    I have VISTA 64 and the only issue I have had is it doesn't' support the drivers for that my 12 year old speakers need... oh well. As for program support, pretty much VISTA 64 can handle all of them. For older programs, non-64bit, it installs them in the directory Programs x86. For newer software, it puts them in Programs folder. Some software, iTunes for instance, won't allow you to install it; rather, it asks you to download the 64 bit version instead.

    As for games, all of mine run fine... I haven't had to tell Vista to run any of them in XP mode.

    Enjoy VISTA until 7 comes out.. by the way, I read somewhere that the change over from Vista to 7 is relatively painless...
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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    Yeah, Windows 7 is being hailed as Vista Service pack 2... It is a simple upgrade from Vista 64 to 7 64 as with 32bit OS. XP to 7 is a complete format and reinstall... The RC1 version of 7 is being released (officially) today so might be a good chance to see how it runs!
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    Default Re: New System build, which OS should i use.

    I definitely think you will enjoy the windows 7 user experience. While it's true that the code base is mostly consistent with vista, it has been heavily tweaked so components like Aero work much more smoothly.
    "Good things come to those who wait."
    I'd give 7 (64-bit) a shot.

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