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February 12, 2008 12:38:49 PM

I need help on choosing an OS. Right now I could use (and have access to) Vista Home Premium 32 bit, or XP pro 32 bit.

First which of these two would be better(and why)?

Also if I could get my hands on either 64 bit, do you think that would be better (I have heard that 32 bit programs such as most games run better in 32 bit OS)?

here is the new rig

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred (already purchased)
CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8400 (already purchased)
DVD±RW : Samsung SH-S203B/BEEN 20X SATA Burner w/Software
FLOPPY: Sony 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE
FAN: Zalman CNP9500 LED CPU Cooler (already purchased)
HARD DRIVES: RAID-0 with 2 150GB WD Raptor 10,000RPM SATA150 16MB Cache WD1500ADFD
MOTHERBOARD: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 780i chipset
MEMORY: 4GB (4x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory Corsair XMS2 CAS 4-4-4-12
POWERSUPPLY: Antec NeoHE 550 High Efficiency Power Supply
VIDEO: EVGA 512-P-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92)

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February 12, 2008 2:20:44 PM

I have Vista 64 and 4GB and very happy with it.

You have a very nice machine and 4GB. So, Vista 64 would be great. I'm a gamer and my games work fine. Only my OLD ATI AIW x1900 would like to replace it but I'm not playing games like Crysis. So fine for now.

Unless you have specific old applications that are not compatible with Vista, you should be fine.

Also, Vista SP1 is almost ready to be pushed.

Question: Do you currently have a computer with installed applications that you use? If yes, you could download Vista upgrade advisor and see which one will cause you trouble.
February 12, 2008 2:46:56 PM

Thanks for the info i will try that advisor thing.

If i could not go 64 would you still reccomend vista or would you go xp pro?

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February 12, 2008 2:52:26 PM

troymscott said:
Thanks for the info i will try that advisor thing.

If i could not go 64 would you still reccomend vista or would you go xp pro?


The Upgrade Advisor is pretty much useless. According to that you can run Vista with 512megs of ram and a 1Ghz processor. Even the Vista fan boys will tell you that's BS.

I'd be prepared to go XP Pro. But who knows you may get lucky. FYI I'm of the opinion that Vista is the new WinME but it is pretty and has DX10. It's also got that Kernel level DRM which is the root of it's bugs.
February 12, 2008 3:08:17 PM

breetai said:
The Upgrade Advisor is pretty much useless. According to that you can run Vista with 512megs of ram and a 1Ghz processor. Even the Vista fan boys will tell you that's BS.

I'd be prepared to go XP Pro. But who knows you may get lucky. FYI I'm of the opinion that Vista is the new WinME but it is pretty and has DX10. It's also got that Kernel level DRM which is the root of it's bugs.

The upgrade advisor is for scanning applications only (even the current machine is not Vista capable).. His new machine is top notch and will work fine with Vista.

Vista vs XP, the club is divised in two.

I will recommand you to find a Vista 64 CD, install it (without activation) and you will have a 30 days trial. Install the version that you planned to buy.
February 12, 2008 3:46:42 PM

I think I could support vista on my current rig, so would it be better to test it out on the old rig before installing it on the new rig? I have to wipe the old one clean anyhow as I am going to be giving it to my mother. That said it would not be a hassle to run a clean install of vista or xp. Or do you think that my new rig is so vastly different that using the old rig would not do either OS justice?

OLD Rig:
CASE: Antec Performance II Series
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 3500+ @ 2200 MHz
DVD±RW: Memorex DVD+/-RW Dual-X1
FLOPPY: 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE
FAN: Stock AMD fan for 939 socket
MAIN HARD DRIVE: Western Digital 80GB SATA 7200 RPM
DATA HARD DRIVE: Maxtor 80GB PATA 7200RPM
MOTHERBOARD: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe
MEMORY: 2GB (4x512MGB) PC3200 DDR/400 Dual Channel Memory Corsair Value Select
POWERSUPPLY: Antec Smart Power 500 Watt Power Supply
VIDEO: Two NVIDIA EVGA GeForce 7600 GS 256MB PCI Express in SLI
February 12, 2008 5:31:07 PM

Don't waste your effort installing Vista on a rig that old. It's a sure way into Driver Hell.
February 12, 2008 5:47:20 PM

If nothing important on your HD, I would give it a shot. But if you are having problems, don't means it will be the same with the new one...

I believe you may have better chance having faulty hardware than Vista installation issues.

Is your new rig ready?
February 12, 2008 6:12:10 PM

No I still am waiting to order the rest of my equipment. I am waitnig on my Tax refund to buy most of my system. The reason I have what I have is that my wife said I could only buy the items that were on sale or had rebates about to expire.
February 15, 2008 2:36:22 PM

You must have to vista if you want to watch videos , play games, & other graphics extensive programs.
February 28, 2008 7:32:27 PM

started assembling my new rig today

CASE: Antec Nine Hundred (already purchased)
CPU: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8400 (already purchased)
DVD±RW : Asus 20X SATA Burner w/Software (changed out the sammy)
FLOPPY: Samsung 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE (cahnged out the Sony)
FAN: Zalman CNP9500 LED CPU Cooler (already purchased)
HARD DRIVES: RAID-0 with 2 seagate 300GBSATA 16MB Cache (dropped the WD1500ADFD)
MOTHERBOARD: EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 780i chipset
MEMORY: 4GB (4x1GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory Corsair XMS2 CAS 4-4-4-12
POWERSUPPLY: Antec NeoHE 650 Blue High Efficiency Power Supply (upgraded from the 550)
VIDEO: EVGA 512-P-N841-AR GeForce 8800GTS (G92)

Settled the OS on vista Home Premium, I bought the 32 bit retail and then ordered the 64 bit upgrade ( i know retail is a bit of a waste of money but if I want to switch comps this allows me to where as OEM should stay with just one comp.)
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