Any point to switch from XP to Windows 7 (home user)?

Just a home user. Mostly gaming. Home oriented stuff includes Office XP (2002), and Quicken. The other main software I use is Adobe Premier Pro CS3 video software (includes Encore, the DVD writing program), and Visual Studio 2005.

My system, isn't the latest, but newer stuff isn't a lot faster yet:

Intel core 2 extreme X6800 (2.93ghz)
Intel D975XBX motherboard, 2GB 667 mhz 4-4-4-10 ddr2ram.
ATI HD4870 (PCI Express) video card, 512 MB ram
Sound Blaster X-Fi Plantinum
4 Segate 7200.12 500GB sata drives, paired into two striped virtual drives via BIOS.
1 Seagate ??? 250gb IDE drive, used only for boot up.

All drives have multiple partitions.
Windows XP SP3 is installed on a partition on one of the striped sata drives.
Windows XP X64 is installed on a partition on the ide drive.
The second pair of drives are used for swap files, temp files, and backup.
There's also a USB drive I use for backup.

Each instance of OS is used to backup the "other" OS partition, and also I use X64 for for some 64 bit programming with Visual Studio 2005.

Other than one version of Halo, I haven't seen any games that don't run on Windows XP. I read that most games play faster with Windows XP than with Windows Vista, and Tom's recent article seems to state that Windows 7 isn't faster with gaming than Windows Vista.

So bottom line, is there any point in switching to Windows 7 (or replacing my XP X64 with Windows 7)?
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  1. If it doesn't work for you, then don't bother with it. However, if you do, you can still hang onto XP in a partition and "future proof" yourself for future games.
  2. What are you hoping to get out of Windows 7?

    If you're looking for extra performance, I wouldn't bother. It would be worth doing if you're upgrading your hardware, but otherwise IMHO you're probably not going to see enough differences to make it worth while.
  3. sminlal said:
    What are you hoping to get out of Windows 7?

    If you're looking for extra performance, I wouldn't bother. It would be worth doing if you're upgrading your hardware, but otherwise IMHO you're probably not going to see enough differences to make it worth while.


    I personally found enough differences to make it worthwhile.
    While yes, it does have some of the issues of Vista lingering, Windows XP 64bit isn't worth it, And I suggest 4GB+ of RAM to all. The more RAM you have, the more it stuffs your everyday programs into RAM, and the smoother everyday use is.
    Smooth as a 50 year old cognac.
    I know it has other things to look at, but so far, I just love the slick looks and smoothness (which, being in front of my computer 8 hours a day, make those alone worth it).

    Flame on.
  4. Keep with what you have tbh...

    I have a simalar(ish) system and will be keeping XP, actually my motherboard does not support Vista or W7 properly so I would have to bin the below completly to get W7 running

    Intel core 2 quad Q6600 (3ghz)
    Asus P5W motherboard, 2GB 800 mhz 4-4-4-12 ddr2ram.
    ATI HD4850 (PCI Express) video card, 512 MB ram
  5. Yeah, your motherboard will run Win7 perfectly fine...
    Just googled it and the P5W seems to work perfectly fine in Win7...
  6. It's drivers / software for the onboard raid, to go W7 I would have to drop raid
  7. Google didn't show me that one... maybe I must Bing it!

    My motherboard is having crazy issues with raid setups right now, and my second computers hardware raid card doesn't appear to like Win7 either...
  8. If you didn't think Vista was worth the upgrade, I guess Win7 wouldn't THAT much better.

    I would definitely switch to Win7 eventually, but if I were you I would probably wait for your next system and get an OEM version.
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