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    Which of these 3 OS is good for gaming?

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    win2k sp4 .

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    don't use winME, no matter what.

    the age of your hardware makes the biggest difference. If the majority is more than a few years old I'd suggest win98. However, if you're a typical gamer you should have fairly recent hardware so you should go with winXP pro.

    but whatever OS you use, make sure to tweak it or it defeats the purpose ;)
    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    ok. Maybe I'll upgrade to Xp. All my hardware are modern except for my videocard which is a Geforce2 MX 400 but you think this card can still do much for me? By the way. Its overclocked @ 250/200. Pretty low Mhz compared to newer cards. hehehe.

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    My order of preference from best to worst Microsoft operating systems (for everything, not just gaming) - XP / 2K / 98SE / 98 / 95 / NT / 3.1 / 1.0 / DOS / Me (just to show how much I love Me)

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    O I C. Well ok. So Pipz Out there, Can you tell me why most Of you don't like ME?

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    More unstable and somehow uglier than 95 or 98, slower and more controlling than XP, a GUI that makes me want to go back to CLI DOS (as I said, somehow it seems particularly ugly to me), those wouldn't have anything to do with it at all.

    Anyway, go with 98\98SE so long as you can get good drivers for everything. Unless you have like an A64 (even 32-bit XP will work better than 98 with it) processor or a video card that doesn't make 9x drivers 98 is a much better choice for gaming. You'll have to replace all the missing .vxd files to stabalize it or you'll crash a lot (I think Wiggo has a good link that should tell you what to do here, to save myself the time of explaining it). But 98 is considerably better for most games than XP. My tweaked XP has never, ever been has fast as my untweaked 98 (I dual boot so same hardware for both), in fact it has never been faster ever for any reason. On actual benchmarks, FPS in games, or ping in online games, it always comes out behind. My CS ping is usually between 20-40 in 98 on servers that will give me pings of about 80 in XP. Of course XP is a million time better for everything but gaming. 98 simply can't multitask. If I use Cacheman or Rambooster to free ram it takes about 15 seconds before I can use my friggen cursor. The built in system tool programs (i.e. Defrag, Scandisc) are considerably worse in 98, so much to the point where I'm thinking about getting a freeware defragmentation program. 98 also had pretty bad driver support; anytime I reformat and reinstall I have to download drivers for everything but my mouse, keyboard, and monitor, or crap won't work right. Whereas with XP I maybe get video card and sound card drivers just for better performance and I'm good. But if your really into gaming stick with 98 (or 98SE, better yet), or at least dual boot both (not hard). I haven't really given much try to 2000 but it's probably a good mix of speed and stability.

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    98 really is a good OS for gaming, but as said, XP is great for everything else. This is because XP requires alot more resources just to run. You pay for the convenience. For example, XP uses 120MB of RAM, maybe more, at any time just run. 98 doesnt require nearly that. I believe the best option is dual booting. MY friend dual boots XP Pro and 98SE. He uses XP Pro for web surfing, maintainence, and any Desktop work. When he want to game, he just loads 98SE and plays. It's a little more, but he feels the performance boost is worth it. : peace2: Mista K6
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    If you've got 256MB of RAM or less, then 98 is a better gaming OS. If you've got 512MB or more then XP will treat you better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guest
    win2k sp4 .
    I'm glad that ya can't focus with suggestin' an enterprise os. :rolleyes2

    Originally posted by pbatacan
    [b]Can you tell me why most Of you don't like ME?
    MEss was an os that M$ rushed to market (really it should've been released due to lack of pre testing) as a stop gap measure between 98SE and 2k (though 2K never really made an impact outside of an enterprise os due to it havin' poor driver/hardware support). It ain't real stable, has poor driver/hardware support (not as bad as 2k but then that is an enterprise os after all) and far to many system tools were dumped to make way for system restore. :tears:

    Originally posted by pbatacan
    [b]Which of these 3 OS is good for gaming?
    98SE is the best with older systems that have 256MB of memory or less but XP is better with more modern hardware and 512MB or more of memory.

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