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Actually, I've talked to so many people that have used it and had their fps drop by 30-40. Only people I've seen not have a problem are those who have 4GB or more, or flukes. Most people I talk to who have 1 or 2GB of RAM saw poor performance in their new computer and reformatted and installed XP and saw a good performance boost.
well with it being around $130 for 4gb of ddr2 800,i dont see a problem
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post #12 of 73
XP 32-bit. Allow me to explain why.

vista: we already know that it naturally uses more resources a next generation microsoft OS. That just goes without saying. Please note that I'm not talking about pre-fetch using RAM.

XP x64: I have done actual TESTS between XP 32-bit and 64-bit. In EVERY benchmark, XP 32-bit's score exceeded that of XP x64. I don't know why, but this is what every test showed me. 32-bit got 2 seconds faster in Super Pi, got 10 average FPS better in Doom 3, and scored a few thousand higher in 3D Mark 03. I would imagine that XP x64 would be better in 64-bit apps, but there really is no way to test that.

Windows 2000 would be better!
post #13 of 73
Theres no point in asking this as it is already becoming a flame thread, I use vista, i use XP, and i use Server 08.
XP- seems fairly good because it has been around much longer, uses around 500MB ram in my experiences.

Vista- sleek os, loads games faster with prefetch, i never noticed performance issues. Uses around 700MB of ram with prefetch turned on, people please, dont start rambleing saying you need high end graphics and a quad core, i ran this with a pentium d, 2gigs value ram, and a 7600GT perfectly fine for gaming (BF2, FEAR, CoD4)

Server 2008- Looks like vista, seems faster imo, havent tested it for gaming yet but it does have all the features of vista but it is more optimized for performance.

All in all it does depend on your PC, in your case, i would reccomend Vista 64Bit seeing as how youve got a good cpu, good amount of ram, and a decent gpu.
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....Vista does not use that much ram
that couldn't be more wrong. The ratio to what xp uses in terms of ram and what vista uses is a large amount. Your running 4 gigs, like me you wont notice a difference on vista 64 bit. But from a user with 1 or 2 gigs the difference is impossible to miss. Even in my opinion i wouldnt run vista 32 bit under 2 gigs of ram.

Id have to say the best OS right now XP, the only reason im running vista 64 bit is cause i want all my (4 gigs) ram to be recognized and am keeping my options open for any dx 10 gaming (which is very little)
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post #15 of 73
Vista has a new memory manager that learns what applications you use more often and keeps them loaded into memory. Check your performance tab in the task manager and look under the Physical Memory area, and the "available" section. In Vista it will have lets say 10k available memory and the rest is dedicated to this memory manager. It is also much better at multitasking media, but not on concentrating on a single media app. Im dual booting right now and Ive ran multiple benches on both OS's and the difference is at most 10 fps. Vista is decidedly slower on DX9 than XP but since you have a pretty high-end comp you will not notice the difference. The compatibility issues can get annoying but if you are planning on using older games, most work, some just don't. I would say that also because of the terrible driver position Vista is in right now i would wait until at least the SP and mabye even a little later. I really only boot to vista to run my DX10 stuff, other than that it is really not much of an improvement. But Firefox opens faster cause of the memory manager
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post #16 of 73
I think vista is a great OS because of DX10 support..

although it does use a lot of resources
post #17 of 73
I would say Vista. I dont know what it is but everything seems to load fast and smooth and run better. Besides Crysis.


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Wrong.

Vista 64-bit runs just fine. Makeing assumptions based on hearsay is ridiculous. Vista does not use that much ram, and does not require a high end gpu+quad.

Go post your slander elsewhere


On-topic: I would say XP 64bit or Vista SP1 64bit. they run pretty damn close with my current PC
And yea seriously I agree. Who ever BtCHES about vista being crappy. I dont have a quad and Vista runs smooth as anything for me. All you need is 2gb of ram and a decent single core to run vista smooth.
post #18 of 73
a friend has the same set-up as i do, and vista 64bit run better than his XP rig. people just hear things without trying them themselves. if your going to buy an OS go ahead and get Vista.
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post #19 of 73
XP 32. Dependable, and you know it will always work.
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here's what mine uses idle
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