New i7 system... what OS?

I am in the process of buying these pieces of hardware:

Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1866MHz Dominator Memory With Fan for i7 Motherboard 158372 7 in stock £150.17 £130.58 £150.17 £130.58
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz Socket 1366 D0 stepping 8MB Cache OEM Processor 161171 201 in stock £192.99 £167.81 £192.99 £167.81
Be Quiet 120mm USC SilentWings Case Fan 169228 27 in stock £12.99 £11.29 £25.97 £22.58
NZXT Apollo Black Gaming Case - No PSU 119136 2 in stock £59.99 £52.16 £59.99 £52.16
Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 16MB Cache - OEM 158860 445 in stock £37.93 £32.98 £113.79 £98.94
ASUS P6T SE iX58 Socket 1366 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard 161061 104 in stock £142.98 £124.33 £142.98 £124.33
Sony AD-7240S 24x DVD±RW DL & RAM Internal SATA Black Bare Drive - OEM 164449 172 in stock £16.99 £14.77 £16.99 £14.77
XFX HD 4850 1GB DDR3 Dual DVI HDCP HDTV out PCI-E Graphics Card

Sorry for all the jumble, its a direct C&P from ebuyer.

I am very happy with XP... but am aware of a 4gig limit on xp which i obviously would rather not have....
I definately dont want any vistas so please advise me on that.
Am thinking of getting a Windows 7 home version for about £70 off ebuyer... is this a better idea for my spec and will i be able to make full use of the 6gig ram.

I will be using the pc for gaming and alot of music production and recording using Pro Tools. Have an mbox2 mini by Digidesign... this must be compatible with what i need.

Hope you can advise me on this, and many thanks in advance!

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  1. imho you should get the oem version of vista premium 64bit with a free upgrade to win 7. i know theres alot of bad stuff said about vista, but its really not bad at all, the service packs have done it justice iirc
    very good price imo
  2. win7x64
  3. With that much RAM, you'll need a 64 bit desktop OS in order to have sufficient address space. Windows 7 isn't available for sale until October. You may now purchase a copy of Vista x64 with an upgrade to 7, though.
  4. Wait...who told you xp has a limit of 4-gig? Its just on the 32-bit version, the 64-bit xp has a much higher limit, easily enough for twice the ram you have if not more. And why dont you want vista? Everyone used to think vista was horrible and spread rumors around, but after updates and service packs, vista is pretty good, plus you better get used to it, because it seems like your only choice to buy right now and windows 7 is very similar to it.

    -If you think vista is bad, give me some details and explain what you dont like ;)
  5. It's true that there is a 64-bit version of XP, but it's driver support is quite limited compared to Vista-64 and Win7-64.
  6. Vista x64 or Win 7 x64
  7. sminlal said:
    It's true that there is a 64-bit version of XP, but it's driver support is quite limited compared to Vista-64 and Win7-64.

    True though it has support for the X58+ICH10R chipsets and I know at least that it supports all of the latest nVIDIA cards.
  8. Ever since SP2 came out for Vista, there has been little or no problems with it. I am currently running my Core i7 Build since Febuary of this year using Vista 64-bit SP2 with no problems. :wahoo:
  9. ^+1 THANK YOU,everyone always makes vista look bad, but it really isn't, updates and service packs fix everything up. Yes vista used to be buggy when it just came out but all other OS were the same, you think xp was perfect when it came was crap, after many updates, its really good now :)
  10. Well, with all that ram your going to want to buy a 64 bit OS thats for sure. Vista is a memory hog, you can expect the computer to dedicate at least 2.2GB of that memory to windows at all times.

    Or you could wait for Windows 7. Both Vista and Windows 7 are fully compatible with multi-core processors.

    I will warn you though, there are quite a few driver related bugs with Vista. But with Vista you get a very visual experience. For instance, you can't use the latest DirectX 10 drivers with Windows XP, you must have windows Vista. And just by the fact that that ram is running at 1866MHz (~15gigabytes transfer per second, which is over kill in my opinion) insuates that you will be playing very demanding games, like Crysis.

    So really its either Vista or Windows 7 64 bit.

    I hope that helps
  11. What driver related bugs? Have you used Vista in the past 2 years? It's true that it had some bugs (primarily driver related) when it was first released, but by now, it's absolutely fine.
  12. ^^^+1
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