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Whats the best Windows 7 for gaming?

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I bought a descent computer for gaming and im not sure which Win7 is the best.

Should I get the Windows 7 professional x64? and whats the difference between Windows 7 professional x64 and Windows 7 professional x64 SP1 ?

Thanks.
post #2 of 14
The service pack 1 is all the difference between those two,

As for the difference in Gaming any version will work they all run pretty much the same,
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So does SP1 is more advanced? and if I buy does it last forever?
post #4 of 14
Service pack 1 is just an windows update that can be downloaded for free. I would get windows 7 home premium 64 as it will be cheaper.
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Originally Posted by mr.noob;15146522 
So does SP1 is more advanced? and if I buy does it last forever?

Nothing lasts forever especially things related to computers. You should get either Windows 7 professional x64 or Windows 7 professional x64 SP1 depending on which one is cheaper because like XAslanX said the SP1 is an update you get for free anyway.
   
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Nothing lasts forever especially things related to computers. You should get either Windows 7 professional x64 or Windows 7 professional x64 SP1 depending on which one is cheaper because like XAslanX said the SP1 is an update you get for free anyway.

I know nothing lasts forever I meant if the activasion ends in a year or two years later it doesnt worth to get original one. ohh and its very expensive for me Win7 Pro 1.99$ frown.gif
post #7 of 14
The activation will never end on either. Once you buy it, its yours forever. So just buy which ever one of those is the cheapest (probably the non-SP1 version) and then update it (for free) though Windows Updates, then you will have SP1 smile.gif but that will mean you have to wait for it to download and install which takes a while.
   
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SP1 is a free upgrade, get whichever version is cheapest.

You will have the code forever and not have to worry about it expiring.
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post #9 of 14
Don't get the starter edition.
post #10 of 14
The discs are usually re-released with the SP updates after a while, so you may as well get it. It's literally nothing to ponder as the SP updates are just Windows updates you can download. They usually replace the older ones, so it "shouldn't" be more expensive (but typically they try and clear old inventory and offer slight discounts on the older ones, and if you don't mind spending time applying updates to save the few bucks, it's an option).

The real questions should be...

32-bit or 64-bit. I see little reason for going for 32-bit these days. It's one of those things you should only do if you know you "need" to. Otheriwse, go with 64-bit.

The other is Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate. Unless you "need" Ultimate, forget it, and really, the same goes for Professional, but since it's not much more expensive (typically), some just spring for it. It won't make your games run any better or worse though. Unless you need the extra networking stuff or the XP mode of Professional, you can go with Home Premium.

Also, OEM vs retail. I would go with retail. OEM is cheaper, but it's not by much, so retail pays for itself by not restricting your PC overhauls. OEM is meant for when every dollar counts and you're building a PC that will never have it's platform/core changed out.

Lastly, Full versus Upgrade. If you have a copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista, you may as well get the upgrade as it's often way cheaper.

So, in my opinion, unless you know you need anything different, the basic/default choice would be a retail upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, and go with 64-bit (if you get the retail version, you get a product key that works for 32-bit and 64-bit, and both discs anyway).
Edited by Princess Garnet - 10/2/11 at 6:32am
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