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New Pc Build - Use Windows Xp Pro Sp2 Or Vista?


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#1 Woody

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 11:29 AM

I'm slowly amassing the components for my next build, and I'm debating whether to make the jump to Vista or if I should stick with XP Pro SP2. Here is a list of hardware I have planned at this point:

- Antec P182 Case
- Antec Phantom 500W power supply
- Asus P5W DH Deluxe motherboard
- Intel E6600 Core 2 Duo CPU
- Scythe Ninja Rev. B CPU heat sink (used passively)
- 2 or 4 GB of DDR2 800 RAM (G.Skill F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ or Corsair XMS2 6400C4)
- Gigabyte GeForce 7600GT 256MB GDDR3 PCI x16 fanless video card
- Sound Blaster Audigy SE sound card (if I don't use the on-board RealTek ALC882M audio chipset)
- One or two DVD burners (still trying to decide between IDE and SATA interface drives)
- Mitsumi 3.5" floppy/USB 2.0 flash card reader
- One WD Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3GB/s hard drive for OS and software
- Two WD Caviar SE16 WG5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM Sata 3GB/s hard drives for data and data backup
- Dell 2001 FP LCD monitor (re-using from current PC)

This will not be a gaming or home theater PC. It will be our home office PC, so it will be used for e-mail, internet, MS Office product use (Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.), photo editing (Photoshop CS2 or CS3 and possibly Lightroom), and maybe video editing if we ever buy a camcorder.

I'm leery of switching to Vista, as I'm not up to speed with all the hardware and software compatibility issues. I've tried to read some of the links posted here (and elsewhere) that deal with this issue, but it still doesn't give me complete comfort about going with Vista.

Maybe you all can convince me one way or the other?

If I do go with Vista, which level should I go with (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate), and should I go 32-bit or 64-bit?

Thanks in advance for your advice/suggestions/tips.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:04 PM

That's an overall good computer you're building. It should be able to handle Vista. If you do go with 4GB of RAM, you're going to need a 64-bit edition in order to use all of the memory effectively. In this case, Vista has XP beat. XP Pro 64-bit doesn't have many drivers and many of the technologies in it have been refined for Vista. Which version do you prefer? I use Ultimate, but most people would be able to use Home Premium without any hassles.

This site should help clarify the various Vista editions: SuperSite for Windows: Understanding the Various Editions

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Posted 07 July 2007 - 05:30 AM

As DJBPace07 stated, the system will handle Vista quite well. Should you choose to go with the 64 bit version (XP or Vista) you may have issues finding appropriate drivers. The only 32 bit issue that I notice is that you'd have to be very careful with the selection of your sound card drivers - the Audigy is a bit "finicky" with Vista, but it's not a difficult issue to overcome. Using 4 gB of RAM on the 32 bit version will result in only 3.25 to 3.50 gB being recognized (but it still works well for me - and is much better than 2 gB).

That being said, Vista will give you the option of using all the newer technologies that won't be built into XP - so in this case, newer is better.

On the downside, you'll have to make sure that the programs that you're using are Vista compatible. Compatibility adjustments are fine for programs that you've just gotta have - but starting off with something that's designed for the OS will make life much easier for you.
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Posted 09 July 2007 - 02:05 PM

We (my brother and I) have one of each at home..

My first build *Origionally for gaming* has XP Pro (which I still love because of the versitility) <- sorry if I can't spell

My build for my brother *Who uses my computer for gaming so we converted Vista to an office PC* works well with office applications and is especially crisp graphics and runs smooth with a 64bit

"That being said, Vista will give you the option of using all the newer technologies that won't be built into XP - so in this case, newer is better"~very true!

I agree with DJBPace07 and USASMA

Personally I would recommend Vista for Office Use 64bit and just the Home edition (cheapest for prob. what u want to use it for) it all depends on what you use it for!

Edited by jball007, 09 July 2007 - 02:08 PM.

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