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Hey

I'm fairly unfamiliar with Linux, as I've never used it or wanted to... until now.

Basically, I'm building a fun pc mainly for gaming. But I only have WinXP 32bit and don't want to spend money on a 64 bit OS.
I have 4GB RAM + graphics card with 1GB VRAM. Would it be worth installing a linux OS which can recognise my full ram and play games well (if such exists)?

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I use Linux on my Laptop with 16GB of Ram, as long as you have a 64Bit OS you're fine.
Steam has gotten a few games on Linux over the months, may be worth it. Me not so much.
I would get 7 the cheap mans way out and be done with it. Since the PC is for gaming.
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Windows XP 32bit will be fine with 4GB of memory and much more usable for games, just make sure that it has SP3 as the early versions of XP will only recognize 3GB of memory
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Although Steam has been porting games to linux, most games still don't work on linux. I would go with windows for now, although a few years from now linux may be a viable alternate for gaming. smile.gif
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Although Steam has been porting games to linux, most games still don't work on linux. I would go with windows for now, although a few years from now linux may be a viable alternate for gaming. smile.gif

Any evidence to back up those claims?

Firstly, Valve has been porting their OWN games. Other companies have been slowly stepping up to the plate.
Secondly, the MAJORITY of games that have DirectX 9 options available work flawlessly, or close to in Linux, and some of the DX10 only games work as well.

At any rate, 32-bit XP won't work with 4gb ram + 1gb vram, he's sitting at a 5gb total, which XP's non PAE aware kernel will drop down to ~2-3gb of ram and 1gb vram. 32 or 64 bit Linux will work fine considering almost any Linux distro today is compiled with PAE.

That said, OP - I don't think Linux is your answer. It works for a lot of us, and we enjoy using it. I'm a little more patient than most, and I get a lot of games working without having to reboot. Every once in a while I still find some game that gives me a reason to run Windows in a VM or reboot (currently DmC - which works flawlessly, minus controller support, which is needed for that game) Linux is ready for gaming. Gaming hasn't quite transferred itself over yet.
    
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^ Well said.
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Any evidence to back up those claims?

Firstly, Valve has been porting their OWN games. Other companies have been slowly stepping up to the plate.
Secondly, the MAJORITY of games that have DirectX 9 options available work flawlessly, or close to in Linux, and some of the DX10 only games work as well.

At any rate, 32-bit XP won't work with 4gb ram + 1gb vram, he's sitting at a 5gb total, which XP's non PAE aware kernel will drop down to ~2-3gb of ram and 1gb vram. 32 or 64 bit Linux will work fine considering almost any Linux distro today is compiled with PAE.

That said, OP - I don't think Linux is your answer. It works for a lot of us, and we enjoy using it. I'm a little more patient than most, and I get a lot of games working without having to reboot. Every once in a while I still find some game that gives me a reason to run Windows in a VM or reboot (currently DmC - which works flawlessly, minus controller support, which is needed for that game) Linux is ready for gaming. Gaming hasn't quite transferred itself over yet.

Pretty much this.

I say, it also depends on the games OP wishes to play. If they're known to work flawlessly through such as every Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, etc... Or even games with native ports, then it's very plausible that he could.

Otherwise, if you want the latest and greatest and everything DX11 and AA to die for, then no, Linux currently isn't that option. It becoming that option, but not quite yet.

And since finding a legit 64bit XP Pro key / disc is painful, the best option would be vista or higher all of which have readily available legit 64bit keys and discs.
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I would get 7 the cheap mans way out and be done with it. Since the PC is for gaming.

Lol, thats not just the cheap mans way out. wonder how many people on here actually bought 7 for their non OEM machine redface.gif
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Lol, thats not just the cheap mans way out. wonder how many people on here actually bought 7 for their non OEM machine redface.gif

Well, I can't just openly say it biggrin.gif
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