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#1 MilesJ

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 01:29 AM

Hello, I am planning to build a new computer targets towards mid-level gaming with games such as WoW, Battlefield 2/2142, Counter-Strike and so on. Been speaking with a friend and trying to decide which operating system I should go with. He is also an avid gamer and recommends Vista cause its new, different and hasn't given him an problems with installing games. I plan to have about 3 or 4 gigabytes of RAM in it, if I went with Vista should I run with the 32-bit or the 64-bit. From what I have heard it all depends on how much RAM you plan to use any truth?

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 08:29 AM

More and more programs are being written for the 64 bit systems. I would check the specs. of the games you want to play
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#3 MilesJ

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 12:17 PM

Thanks for the reply garmanma I checked it out and it seems pretty much all the games I wanna play will run on Vista. However other users reported that it gave them decreased performance cause Vista requires so many resources to run. I will stick with Windows XP does it really matter if its XP Home, Professional and so on?

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Posted 14 September 2008 - 10:53 PM

If you go 64-bit with XP expect hassles, it's just not as good as Vista 64. Depending on the game and system specs, the performance hit with Vista can be extremely low. As drivers and software mature, expect the gap to become smaller. There are exceptions to this, however. If you want to check on benchmarks with games running XP or Vista, look for recent articles. Many older benchmarks with the RTM version have a huge gap. I say go with Pro if you are sticking with the XP dinosaur, it has more features than the Home edition.

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Posted 15 September 2008 - 12:07 AM

If you go 64-bit with XP expect hassles, it's just not as good as Vista 64. Depending on the game and system specs, the performance hit with Vista can be extremely low. As drivers and software mature, expect the gap to become smaller. There are exceptions to this, however. If you want to check on benchmarks with games running XP or Vista, look for recent articles. Many older benchmarks with the RTM version have a huge gap. I say go with Pro if you are sticking with the XP dinosaur, it has more features than the Home edition.


So with the future of gaming and gaming coming out in the future you would favor Vista over XP?
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