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post #1 of 17 Old 02-21-2008, 06:12 PM - Thread Starter
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So my kids who live with there Mom asked me this weekend for a comp.

I have enough spare parts to whip them up a E4300 2 Gig machine if I can get a cheap AGP card.

Since I will Have to buy an OS, should I just get Vista? Or stick with XP? The kids would get a XP machine of course, and I would be the one with Vista.

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Give the kids the Vista and have them learn early. The future overclockers.

Can I ask for age? When I think kid.. I think like 10 year olds.
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PM'd....you said you needed a video card, lol.

EDIT: And I would say Vista. Why? Because its the future, they might as well learn it anyway.
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I would give them Vista and let them get used to the interface. It is the new OS. Of course.. you might come across headaches and lots of problems.

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IMO Vista is the way to go at this point. A couple months ago I would have recommended XP but Vista SP1 is supposed to be coming out soon and that should fix quite a few of the potential problems users have encountered with the new OS. You might go with an extra gig of RAM for Vista just to be on the comfortable side, if you don't mind paying the extra $20/$25
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What is the computer for? You might be able to get away with using Linux. It'll cost you nothing and will do basic tasks if that's all you require.

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I disagree with going on Vista. Why do I? Well, XP has been out for a long time so any problems you might run in to will have an answer out there easier to find then Vista. People say that Vista SP 1 will fix a lot of problems. What the hell? Vista was SUPPOSED to be the ultimate answer to problems with XP. It's not. Vista is said to be the OS of the future. Perhaps it wont be since it failed in profits so miserably and tech supports do not want to upgrade to it for businesses.

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What is the computer for? You might be able to get away with using Linux. It'll cost you nothing and will do basic tasks if that's all you require.
I don't think you should train kids on Linux. No school or any business that I have worked at used Linux. Windows does more, it is the most popular, have them learn that.

I would suggest Vista. I personally use and love Vista.
I think it is better than XP (though, not worlds better). If you are getting a new (decent) computer, use Vista.
I also believe that the kids should have a more aged OS where all the problems are ironed out (less troubleshooting for you). If you know anything about computers, Vista will work wonderfully for you. If you have never touched a computer before, you need something that is the most stable. I am not saying that Vista isn't stable, I'm just saying that XP overall has less issues with hardware/software (though, every one that I have run into, I have been able to find a solution or work-around).

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vista home and ultimate gets parental controls....you might want to look into that.

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