Does it matter what Windows version I get? Tags: Components Last response: February 13, 2013 1:46 AM in Components Share vElectrixx February 13, 2013 12:58:19 AM Currently, I've been using XP on my old junk computer for 7 years (PSU dying, etc). I don't really want to pay $90 for Windows 7, as Windows XP is perfectly fine. Does the OS effect performance? Does it change game speeds? What does it change other than layout and sounds? I'm a tad bit more hardware smart than software. This is my build: (2/12/13) Updated, $1320 (average ~$1250) ($224)CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core ($30)CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing ($135)Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 ($60)Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 ($440)Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GG ($27)Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG ($60)Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower ($9)Case Fan: Apevia CF14SL-BBL 59.6 CFM 140mm ($95)Power Supply: Rosewill 750W ATX12V / EPS12V ($22)Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($90) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($86)HDD: Samsung Desktop Class Spinpoint F3 1 TB SATA 3.0gb/s 32 MB Cache ($12)HDD Cooler: Startech Dual Fan HDD Cooler ($25)Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ 5 Channel ($8) Paste: Arctic Silver 5 High Density Silver Thermal Paste More about : matter windows version | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to vElectrixx Register or log in to remove mcnumpty23 February 13, 2013 1:45:19 AM well for one thing microsoft Support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014. | Report abuse Reply to mcnumpty23 KyrosysJ February 13, 2013 1:46:55 AM that's a very solid rig. but yes, the windows you get matters because some games are not compatible with xp anymore. | Report abuse Reply to KyrosysJ Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Components>Does it matter what Windows version I get?> Related ressources: ForumDoes it matter what port number an SSD is installed on? ForumDoes it matter what motherboard you have ForumWindows Validation: Does it really matter ? ForumPage file on SSD, shorter life - but does that matter now? ForumDoes it matter WHEN you enable TRIM? ForumWhat 's the difference between OEM and retail version of windows 7? ForumDoes motherboard size matter ? (performance wise) ForumDoes cache size matter that much? ForumDoes Filesytem Type matter ? Forumfsb speed - why does it matter ? ForumA RAID that just works - no matter what ForumNo sound on computer no matter what i do? ForumWhat version of windows 7 is good for gaming ForumVoltage ForumDownload quick basic for windows 7, 32 bit environment ForumJust last question what is the best way to apply Thermal Compound ForumWhat connectors do i need for a asrock extreme4 mboard? ForumCan you have 2 seperate sound cards in windows 7 Forum[Solved] Does SLI ready mobo with PCIe Gen 3 require Intel iCore 3 gen ForumWhat this sub-forum BADLY needs . . . More resources Read discussions in other Components categories Power supplies Sound cards NICs Akasa Antec Cooler Master Cougar DeepCool Enermax !