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Windows 8 or Windows 7 for a low-cost gaming PC?

Hello! So I am wondering if I will get some extra FPS on Windows 7 rather than on Windows 8.1. Here's my specs:

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 810 clocked at 2.60 GHz
GPU - AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1GB GDDR5 OC edition
RAM - 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
MB - MSI 790GX-G56

I am explicitly asking if I can get extra FPS in Battlefield 4, since that is the game I play the most. I don't think It's slow on my PC on Windows 8.1, since it's always over 35 FPS (only when there are big destructions it goes below), on the Medium setting of the game. I am using MSI Afterburner to OC my GPU.

If you guys need any more information about my system's specs, please feel free to ask!
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    windows 8 works better with games and applications, you will get an extra 1 or 2 frames average maybe even more on some games, go with windows 8.1 if possible it has a start menu.
    Select as best answer if it helped, thank you and have a good day !
  2. The 8.1 is much more faster in gaming and in overall.I'm using 8.1 with no problems and my low spec pc can run bf4 on low-medium settings on stable 45-50 fps.With win7 my bf4 ran on lowest settings with 23-28 fps.You get the point...
  3. Gaspar1999 said:
    The 8.1 is much more faster in gaming and in overall.I'm using 8.1 with no problems and my low spec pc can run bf4 on low-medium settings on stable 45-50 fps.With win7 my bf4 ran on lowest settings with 23-28 fps.You get the point...


    i do not think it's that drastic of a difference, maybe there was something configured wrong with your win7, but still every users reported better performance under windows 8...and windows 8 vs windows 8.1 is the same performance but windows 8.1 is much more convenient to use, having a start menu...
  4. the difference is really that big.Mostly in bf4.There were some games that the difference wasn't so big but in bf I saw a heavy 20 fps improvement
  5. It depends on the games you play. Some games, especially games from the Windows Vista era, actually run worse on Windows 8 than Windows 7. Overall, Windows 7 is a more stable OS than Windows 8. If I were you, I'd get Windows 7 and when Windows 9 is released, install that as a second OS. That way, you can run older games on Windows 7 and newer games on Windows 9 if you don't mind dual-booting your hard drive.
  6. Joseph DeGarmo said:
    It depends on the games you play. Some games, especially games from the Windows Vista era, actually run worse on Windows 8 than Windows 7. Overall, Windows 7 is a more stable OS than Windows 8. If I were you, I'd get Windows 7 and when Windows 9 is released, install that as a second OS. That way, you can run older games on Windows 7 and newer games on Windows 9 if you don't mind dual-booting your hard drive.


    pretty much everything you say is a non-sence, windows 8 is much better than windows 7 in every aspect, i think there is like 2-3 games AT MOST that gets 1 or 2 fps less under windows 8 and overtime as the windows 8 platform will mature the drivers will get better and the performance will only increase over time...

    Also there is no such thing as ''windows 9'' announced in a near or distant future, in fact microsoft stated that windows 8 was gonna be the platform for a really long time now that it sits in so many tablets and cell phone it will be supported pretty much forever...
    Windows 8 or 8.1 is also pretty much the same cost as the windows 7 installment so it would be a no brainer to go with 7 at this point in time, sorry
  7. paitjsu sadff said:
    Joseph DeGarmo said:
    It depends on the games you play. Some games, especially games from the Windows Vista era, actually run worse on Windows 8 than Windows 7. Overall, Windows 7 is a more stable OS than Windows 8. If I were you, I'd get Windows 7 and when Windows 9 is released, install that as a second OS. That way, you can run older games on Windows 7 and newer games on Windows 9 if you don't mind dual-booting your hard drive.


    pretty much everything you say is a non-sence, windows 8 is much better than windows 7 in every aspect, i think there is like 2-3 games AT MOST that gets 1 or 2 fps less under windows 8 and overtime as the windows 8 platform will mature the drivers will get better and the performance will only increase over time...

    Also there is no such thing as ''windows 9'' announced in a near or distant future, in fact microsoft stated that windows 8 was gonna be the platform for a really long time now that it sits in so many tablets and cell phone it will be supported pretty much forever...
    Windows 8 or 8.1 is also pretty much the same cost as the windows 7 installment so it would be a no brainer to go with 7 at this point in time, sorry



    Uh, excuse me??!?!! I've tried upgrading to Windows 8.1 and what did I get? A bunch of annoying error message popups during shutdown, PC refuses to restart after security updates, network connection crashes, BSODs galore, restore points were deleted for no reason, could not refresh Windows, games keep crashing on an overclocked video card, sluggish frame rate performance in NFS Undercover (while it runs much smoother on Windows 7), Driver San Francisco needing to be installed in compatibility mode, Origin crashed once, TM Nations Forever would not even launch, and installation issues with Rogue Legacy. My PC was running perfectly fine until I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8. In the last several weeks on Windows 8.1, I had to reinstall Windows numerous times until I finally decided to reinstall Windows 7 from my HP recovery partition. So don't you tell me that Windows 8 is better because it's not. Windows 8 sucks compared to Windows 7 and is much less stable. And on top of that, my Windows tablet has issues where it would not restart after Windows updates even with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Therefore, I would definitely not recommend Windows 8 for gaming PCs, especially if it has Windows 7 pre-installed. Windows 9 should be out by April 2015 according to the latest news. It will probably be better than Windows 8, anyway.
  8. Joseph DeGarmo said:

    Uh, excuse me??!?!! I've tried upgrading to Windows 8.1 and what did I get? A bunch of annoying error message popups during shutdown, PC refuses to restart after security updates, network connection crashes, BSODs galore, restore points were deleted for no reason, could not refresh Windows, games keep crashing on an overclocked video card, sluggish frame rate performance in NFS Undercover (while it runs much smoother on Windows 7), Driver San Francisco needing to be installed in compatibility mode, Origin crashed once, TM Nations Forever would not even launch, and installation issues with Rogue Legacy. My PC was running perfectly fine until I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8. In the last several weeks on Windows 8.1, I had to reinstall Windows numerous times until I finally decided to reinstall Windows 7 from my HP recovery partition. So don't you tell me that Windows 8 is better because it's not. Windows 8 sucks compared to Windows 7 and is much less stable. And on top of that, my Windows tablet has issues where it would not restart after Windows updates even with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Therefore, I would definitely not recommend Windows 8 for gaming PCs, especially if it has Windows 7 pre-installed. Windows 9 should be out by April 2015 according to the latest news. It will probably be better than Windows 8, anyway.


    It's pretty sad that you've had that much issues with windows 8, maybe something went wong during your transition for win7 to win8, but i can tell you for sure that my PC runs under windows 8 since last year and i had NONE of the issues you've mentionned, neither as anybody else had them. There must be something wrong on your end, i would suggest you format your boot drive and re-install a fresh copy of windows 8 (or 8.1) and maybe not go through the ''upgrading win7 to win8'' process, maybe that's why everything seems to go wrong on your end, maybe you have hardware problem, corrupetd files, viruses, malware or even a bad harddrive, all those things are not uncommon and can lead to instabolity issues like the ones you're experiencing. I can assure you that it is not generalised among the community here and windows 8 in not at all to blame on this.
  9. If you've already got Windows 8.1 set up and running fine, you will get better performance with Windows 8.1 than with 7. I just upgraded 2 machines to Windows 8.1. One from XP and one from 7 Ultimate. Both machines are running faster now, games and all. I'm getting 10-12 FPS faster playing Tomb Raider 2013 than on 7 using the same settings and same hardware. Can't speak to BF4, don't have it, not my style.

    I'll not be going back to Windows 7. Once I spent a couple of days learning 8 and getting it to work like the way I want a desktop to work, I'm now much more pleased with it than 7. My issues I had in 7 with video driver crashing has ceased in Windows 8. I'm very happy.
  10. paitjsu sadff said:
    Joseph DeGarmo said:

    Uh, excuse me??!?!! I've tried upgrading to Windows 8.1 and what did I get? A bunch of annoying error message popups during shutdown, PC refuses to restart after security updates, network connection crashes, BSODs galore, restore points were deleted for no reason, could not refresh Windows, games keep crashing on an overclocked video card, sluggish frame rate performance in NFS Undercover (while it runs much smoother on Windows 7), Driver San Francisco needing to be installed in compatibility mode, Origin crashed once, TM Nations Forever would not even launch, and installation issues with Rogue Legacy. My PC was running perfectly fine until I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8. In the last several weeks on Windows 8.1, I had to reinstall Windows numerous times until I finally decided to reinstall Windows 7 from my HP recovery partition. So don't you tell me that Windows 8 is better because it's not. Windows 8 sucks compared to Windows 7 and is much less stable. And on top of that, my Windows tablet has issues where it would not restart after Windows updates even with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Therefore, I would definitely not recommend Windows 8 for gaming PCs, especially if it has Windows 7 pre-installed. Windows 9 should be out by April 2015 according to the latest news. It will probably be better than Windows 8, anyway.


    It's pretty sad that you've had that much issues with windows 8, maybe something went wong during your transition for win7 to win8, but i can tell you for sure that my PC runs under windows 8 since last year and i had NONE of the issues you've mentionned, neither as anybody else had them. There must be something wrong on your end, i would suggest you format your boot drive and re-install a fresh copy of windows 8 (or 8.1) and maybe not go through the ''upgrading win7 to win8'' process, maybe that's why everything seems to go wrong on your end, maybe you have hardware problem, corrupetd files, viruses, malware or even a bad harddrive, all those things are not uncommon and can lead to instabolity issues like the ones you're experiencing. I can assure you that it is not generalised among the community here and windows 8 in not at all to blame on this.


    That's pretty bad. Apart from the issues I had in the first month, which I've now fixed, mine runs solid on 8.1, Anything and everything runs without a hitch
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