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Windows XP Pro SP3 or Vista Ultimate?

Last response: in Windows XP
May 12, 2009 2:52:30 PM

Hey everyone, I just ordered custom parts for a PC I'm building. They'll be here next week.

The basic configuration is:

Asus Striker II Extreme
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (3.0 Ghz)
2 x 2GB Corsair XMS 1066
BFG GeForce 9800 GT (1GB)
Western Digital Caviar 1TB (SATA)

I'm gonna using this PC for gaming and video/audio editing primarily + programming/coding/development secondarily

My main concern is should I install Windows XP vs Windows Vista? 32-bit vs 64-bit? Why?

Thank you in advance.
May 12, 2009 2:55:58 PM

I'd like to add that the main reason I'm confused on which to install is that Windows XP has always been more stable, but might be outdated compared to Vista. Also, I've always read that 32-bit has issues with recognizing 4 gigs of memory, while 64-bit has compatibility issues.
May 12, 2009 3:15:38 PM

XP 32 bit can recognize ~3.25G of the RAM. So some of it will be wasted.

Vista 32 bit is pretty much garbage.

Vista 64 bit is now a pretty stable system that can utilize all of your RAM.

I use XP. I've never felt the benefits from vista were worth switching. I would say it's your preference b/t the two. There are some structural changes between the two platforms that can take some getting used to.

You could go with what's cheap now, then look into windows 7, which is coming out soon.
May 12, 2009 8:00:05 PM

xp... since not much ppl uses vista...and they will probably go for win7 if they upgrade....