Difference between XP and Vista on new Home-build

Hey everyone. I know this debate has been raging for quite some time now, but I am finally in a position to pull the trigger on an OS and want to make sure I get it right. This is what my system is going to comprise of: Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard Core i7 920 2.66GHz Processor 6GB (3x2GB) 240 Pin DDR3 Memory Seagate 1TB 7200RPM Hard drive EVGA GeForce GTX-275FTW (896MB) Sound Blaster X-Fi X-tremeGamer 7.1 Everyone I know says Vista is a disaster, and installing it on my system will slow down performance, especially in the gaming dept. However, I don't really see the point in having all that memory and not being able to use it... What are your thoughts on which will be better for me? Vista or XP? Thanks.
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  1. ignore both and download Windows 7 beta for free now, then buy the full OS in 3 months. It gets rid of most of whats wrong with Vista and has a lot in common with XP.
  2. People still yammering about Vista being a "disaster" either have never used it, or haven't used it since the day it was released. It is a very stable OS, especially since SP1. I think the best option is to buy Vista today with a free upgrade coupon to Windows 7. You could also get the RC for now like mentioned above, but you'll then have to do a fresh install when the retail version comes out. You can perform an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, so it will cause less headache.

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  3. Billdo02 is correct -- Windows 7 RC is free for evaluation purposes and will be usuale through early 2010. If you choose to download the RC, please be sure to download it before August 15th as it will not be available after that date. The Win 7 RC can be downloaded directly from Microsoft here: http://tinyurl.com/cwl3fs

    If you enjoy your experience with the RC version of Win7, you can now pre-order your copy of Windows 7 for a discounted price! For more information, see the Windows 7 Pre-Order offer page here: http://tinyurl.com/nldc8p

    Also, to learn more about Windows 7 and how Windows 7 can benefit you, Microsoft does have a site with whitepapers, tutorials, walkthroughs and screen casts on all the “under the hood” features in Win 7. Check out the Springboard site for Windows 7 on TechNet here http://tinyurl.com/832nco

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  4. Vista was not a disaster , but it also wasnt an improvement over XP [ except that out of the box XP is the ugliest OS ever made ] . Vista had a few glaring faults and some compatibility issues

    And Vista is generally slower than xp is on the same hardware .

    XP is great [ apart from the ugly thing ] but its time has passed . W7 is the way to go . MS seem to have dealt with the issues that made vista so unpopular with some users
    Definitely get a 64 bit version . Your system needs that .
  5. Get vista 64 bit with the coupon for the free upgrade to windows 7, as windows 7 is better than vista and includes XP if your CPU has virtualization and you download the XP mode from the MS website.
  6. You have to get the Professional or Ultimate version of Windows 7 to get "XP mode".

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