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Which OS will give me the best performance for my CPU and RAM?

This is probably a very odd question, but here goes lol Should I get windows XP x64, 7 x64, 8.1 x64 or 10 x64 for my AMD Athlon II X2 220 2.8GHz CPU with 2GB DDR3 RAM running at 1600mhz? I just recently got a low profile graphics card (Nvidia geforce gt 730 1gb ddr5) and figured I would check to see which OS gets the best out of these 2 things. I currently have windows 7 installed and have tweaked it and it has ran decently well (even with many games) with the integrated. I feel that I've only suffered a few issues (some hiccups and in game lag) due mostly to the integrated having to be used in general. So which OS would give me the best performance overall for these two things? I'm not really looking to upgrade these two things right now please keep in mind, just looking to see which OS will get me the best performance out of them. I am going to upgrade power supply first with a higher watt one I just recently got before I install my graphics card, but that's it for now. Thank you for any help!
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  1. Despite MS claims, no performance increase has ever been shown upgrading to a newer OS on the same hardware ... except:

    from Windows ME to anything
    from Windows Vista to anything

    The upgrade from W4EGs to Win85 was the worst, averaging a 40 decrease in performance on the same hardware.

    Other than the above, the differences have mostly been small, sometimes better in some things, most often worse. DX12 has shown some increases on DX12 capable games... but results have not been consistent.

    We have all the sites we manage sticking with Win 7 and when we build for others, we install Win 7 and tweak the OS and OC ... if user wants Win 10, we will install it but won't tweak or OC.
  2. JackNaylorPE said:
    Despite MS claims, no performance increase has ever been shown upgrading to a newer OS on the same hardware ... except:

    from Windows ME to anything
    from Windows Vista to anything

    The upgrade from W4EGs to Win85 was the worst, averaging a 40 decrease in performance on the same hardware.

    Other than the above, the differences have mostly been small, sometimes better in some things, most often worse. DX12 has shown some increases on DX12 capable games... but results have not been consistent.

    We have all the sites we manage sticking with Win 7 and when we build for others, we install Win 7 and tweak the OS and OC ... if user wants Win 10, we will install it but won't tweak or OC.


    I feel like I should prob stick to windows 7. Unless someone comments on here and proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that another OS is a better fit for what I have lol
  3. Best answer
    If Win 7 works fine, then don't change it...for me I'd invest in a top cpu for your motherboard and get as much RAM installed as possible
    for your system!
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