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Wondering which version of Windows 7 to get

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June 21, 2013 12:13:34 AM

Hey guys,
I am building a new gaming/game design pc, and I am unsure what OS to grab. Originally, I wanted to get a version of Linux, because it is free and powerful. But less software is compatible with it, and I don't really want to go through all the hassle w/ driver compatibility. Thus, I am wondering which version of Windows 7 to get (I dislike Windows 8, it's not an option). I don't have unlimited funding, though I don't want to cheap out and get a lousy version. So what version of Windows 7 would you all recommend for a gamer/programmer? Thanks for your time. :) 

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June 21, 2013 12:39:53 AM

you only need windows 7 home premium x64, the extra features in pro and ultimate are unused and most are not even usable without a domain controller so are a waste of money for home use.
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June 21, 2013 12:42:05 AM

Windows 7 Home Premium is generally plenty for gaming. It only supports up to 16GB or RAM so you'll need Pro if you plan to add more than that. But 8GB is usually enough for gaming.
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June 21, 2013 3:48:27 AM

Brett Nordquist said:
Windows 7 Home Premium is generally plenty for gaming. It only supports up to 16GB or RAM so you'll need Pro if you plan to add more than that. But 8GB is usually enough for gaming.


I agree. Whatever you do just get the 64 bit version and you're good :) 
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June 22, 2013 4:23:22 PM

Thanks guys, I'll pick up Windows 7 home premium shortly. :) 
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June 30, 2013 6:27:35 PM

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. . . . Originally, I wanted to get a version of Linux, because it is free and powerful. But less software is compatible with it, and I don't really want to go through all the hassle w/ driver compatibility. . . .


How about setting your old PC to dual-boot with Linux, and then try using VirtualBox to run a virtual windows machine under the Linux host? You can then see if there's a performance penalty by comparing Windows in VirtualBox for speed, response etc against the original windows on the same machine. You can even use your existing windows legally as the virtualbox installation because the licence says windows should be on just one machine, which of course it is - just as two copies! The advantage of this is that Linux and VirtualBox are both free so the cost will be well down. I'd recommend Linux Mint "Olivia" (ie, version 15) as being user-friendly and Windows-like. (I would steer clear of Ubuntu as it is chopping and changing it's desktop and I find the new one very frustrating - but maybe that's just me). Mint also plays nicely with Windows, automatically checking the disk for other operating systems and setting up the dual boot. If that all goes OK you can Linux the new box.
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June 30, 2013 7:10:05 PM

Charli L said:
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. . . . Originally, I wanted to get a version of Linux, because it is free and powerful. But less software is compatible with it, and I don't really want to go through all the hassle w/ driver compatibility. . . .


How about setting your old PC to dual-boot with Linux, and then try using VirtualBox to run a virtual windows machine under the Linux host? You can then see if there's a performance penalty by comparing Windows in VirtualBox for speed, response etc against the original windows on the same machine. You can even use your existing windows legally as the virtualbox installation because the licence says windows should be on just one machine, which of course it is - just as two copies! The advantage of this is that Linux and VirtualBox are both free so the cost will be well down. I'd recommend Linux Mint "Olivia" (ie, version 15) as being user-friendly and Windows-like. (I would steer clear of Ubuntu as it is chopping and changing it's desktop and I find the new one very frustrating - but maybe that's just me). Mint also plays nicely with Windows, automatically checking the disk for other operating systems and setting up the dual boot. If that all goes OK you can Linux the new box.

That's not a bad idea. It's worth a shot to go with Linux first, since I am a bit short on cash right now.
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