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Do I Win 7 or Win 8 this computer?

Poll Results: New computer.. Windows 7 or Windows 8?

 
  • 85% (6)
    Windows 7
  • 14% (1)
    Windows 8
7 Total Votes  
post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
So I was going to run Windows 7 on the below new computer but now having second thoughts because:

1. How long will Windows continue to support Win7
2. How long will other companies continue to update drivers etc?
3. I have heard Win 8 is better in regards to "performance" when playing games
4. There are a few nice Start Menu replacement programs out there now! smile.gif

Really I just wanted Win 7 as that is what I am used to, couldnt be stuffed learning a new OS, also running Win7 on laptop so wanted to keep it standard.

The computer will be used for:

Video editing
Photo editing
Gaming

This is my rig (detailed in another post)

1 Intel Core i7 4930K
1 ASUS P9X79-WS Motherboard
1 Kingston HyperX Beast KHX21C11T3K4/32X 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3
1 Corsair Obsidian 750D Case with Window
2 Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
1 Cooler Master V Series 700W 80Plus Gold Power Supply
1 Samsung 840 EVO Series 250GB SSD
1 Corsair Hydro Series H60 SE CPU Cooler
1 Arctic Cooling MX-4 Thermal Compound (4g)
2 ASUS VE248H 24in Widescreen LED Monitor
1 Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB OC Edition
1 Windows 7
1 ASUS DRW-24D3ST 24x DVD Writer
1 Creative Sound Blaster ZxR Sound Card
1 Logitech Z623 2.1 Speakers
1 Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam
2 Noctua NF-S12A 120mm PWM 1200RPM Fan (2 x FOR TOP)
1 Corsair Vengeance 1500 v2 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset
1 Corsair Vengeance M65 FPS Laser Gaming Mouse Military Green
1 Corsair Vengeance K95 Mechanical Keyboard

Again thanks for any thoughts, I am now leaning towards Win 8, as I have read a few reviews on 8.1 and seems they have fixed a lot of the initial issues with 8.0.

thanks! smile.gif
post #2 of 3
I always say, stick to what you know best. In this case run that epic machine with win7.

Mind you there will probably a reasonable amount of ranting replies like:



"win 8 is the future, go with that"
"oh boo hoo it took me 5 seconds to learn it bla bla bla...."
"I'm tired of whiny people going, waaa I hate win8 because it doesn't have a start menu"




Just use what you and more comfortable with, don't give into zealots, they will only drag you down to their level.
    
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post #3 of 3
Windows 7 is quite mature now, with drivers and supporting programs, and it will have long term support for any decent software or hardware in the future.

Win 8 is probably not to much farther behind with support to be equal with Windows 7, but I also don't see a whole lot of benefit going to it. Probably the best scenario would be if you could test 8 for a while with whatever software you will use, if you don't find any issues then go for it.

There isn't a huge amount of performance difference between the 2, Win 7 is mature and has support for most everything that it will ever need, Win 8 is newer and will support some newer things that Win 7 won't (new DirectX updates perhaps), but I don't see Windows 7 support going away for a long while. thumb.gif
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