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.