Posted 23 August 2008 - 05:03 PM
I would go with Vista. People still say how bad it is, but especially if you're going with 64-bit, Vista should be your choice. I don't know how true this is, but I've heard XP 64-bit is very buggy.
Also, with 8gb of ram, you shouldn't notice any sluggish performance using Vista compared to XP.
People may also say Vista has compatibility issues, but I haven't really seen any. All my games work fine, even older ones such as Starcraft, and Diablo. The only problem with 64-bit for either Vista or XP, is some peripherals may not be supported. I have Vista 64-bit and my old printer wasn't supported. This wasn't a big deal for me though. Also, the Iphone isn't supported either.
I believe you might as well go with Vista. It's newer, and costs around the same as XP, and Microsoft has fixed a lot of the problems it has.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." - Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943