Hi there guys, I am just building my very first gaming rig and have ordered up the following components:
EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2048MB GDDR5
Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
RAM 4 x 2gb at 1600mhz DDR3
HDD 1tb at 7200rpm
Antec Nine Hundred Two V3 Midi Case
OCZ ZS Series / 650W / PSU PC Power Supply
I am unsure as to which OS to install once I have built this rig. I have an MSDN account and have access to all operating systems, including Windows8 Preview. I am not sure about the metro UI with win8, and whether the drivers are any good for my graphics card. I have to keep in mind that I will be getting an SSD in the future, and if i go for windows 8 I will have to re-install windows when it is officially released.
Windows 7 is the best all around OS for PC games at this time. XP is good if you need backwards compatibility for old games, but support is just about done for it. I usually don't get into new Microsoft OS's until the 2nd major service pack is released.
a) Why only 4GB in that high end rig? 8GB would cost only a tiny bit more and will give you some extra head room and future proofing.
b) As for your OS, go Windows 7 64bit. Windows 8 is primarily for touch screens, all-in-one's and tablets. To quote Valve (the makers of steam and various games) - 'Windows 8 will be a catastrophe for gaming'
haha nw this is all new to me, just copied and paste off the sites i bought off of yeah i saw that thing about Valve, so that gives me a good indication to keep to win7 since i will be playing all my games off of steam! thanks for the help