Ok, im really close to being done with my build. All im trying to decide on is the OS. Im really on the fence about vista vs xp and am looking for some concrete reasons to go one way or the other. I like DX10 and some of the eyecandy vista offers but Ive heard the antivirus program can delete your own programs without warning and im still shaky about the driver issues and game compatability. Good and bad vista stories would be helpful. I really want to get this system built but I need to figure this out first. BTW here are my specs: Case: Antec 900 ATX CPU: Q6600 w/Zalman CNPS9500 LED PSU: Silencer 750 Quad Mobo: ASUS P5N32-E SLI Vid card: PNY XLR8 8800GTX Memory: 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800MHz HD 1: Western Digital Raptor 10000RPM 150GB HD 2: Seagate 7200RPM 250GB DVD: two 20x DVD+-R with lightscribe
If you are building a brand-new machine theres no use in getting XP, its old, outdated, and is fading away. Vista is the new, has DX10 (you've got a GTX, I'm sure you'd love to see that $500 be used to its extent), and it will be coming out with SP1. You shouldn't see any Driver issues if you plan to buy 32-bit Vista, most stories of people having problems are with 64-bit, but thats usually resolved with newer drivers, and about the anti-virus program deleting stuff, where did you hear that from?
What antivirus program? Vista doesn't have an antivirus program.
A new system should be fine with Vista. The vast majority of systems that have problems with Vista are older machines, and most of the problems they have are compatability/driver issues.
Windows defender can determine what is "unwanted software."
after some serious thinking, im planning on going with xp. I dont think this is a mistake as vista doesnt seem to be worth the trouble for DX10 yet. If vista is a big hit i can always upgrade. Im just trying to figure out which version of xp to go with now...any ideas?
Vista is a huge memory hog, be ready to see around a gig of your memory drained on OS tasks if you choose it.
Cheeseking25;4001472after some serious thinking, im planning on going with xp. I dont think this is a mistake as vista doesnt seem to be worth the trouble for DX10 yet. If vista is a big hit i can always upgrade. Im just trying to figure out which version of xp to go with now...any ideas?
32 bit XP for certain. 64 bit isnt supported well enough and pretty pointless with a soon to be outdated OS. XP Home will work fine, I like XP Pro.
Oblivious;4001487 XP Home will work fine, I like XP Pro.
The problem with XP Pro is you only get Vista Business and Ultimate for upgrade paths, which is pathetic. XP Home not only works fine, you can upgrade to ANY version of Vista with it. This is the kind of thinking that makes MS look like obvious control freaks. To give customers that pay more for XP Pro less upgrade choices is inexcusable IMO.
I use Vista, and it does what a new version Windows is supposed to. Maximum compatibility, minimum stress, with an updated interface and a couple of new features.
Vista will do me, although it's a ram eater, make you work hard, make spend hard.