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I'm building a rig for a friend and he wants XP on it so I was thinking of giving him my copy of XP and buying Vista for my self but I have a couple questions for the experienced Vista users,I've never used it.

I saw this rebate special if you buy a OEM Vista you can get free stuff after the MIR.
http://localpcbuilder.com/offers/

I was thinking of getting Vista Home Premium 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116204

I only have a DX 9 card right now and might not upgrade for a while (broke) and was wondering if their are any negatives for my system?
Will I need more memory right away?
Drivers?
Will it affect game performance playing DX 9?
Is it worth upgrading my card to a DX 10 one,is their much difference?

Any pros or cons in doing this,I was considering skipping vista and waiting for Widows 7 which is suppose to be out in 2 years maybe.
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I only have a DX 9 card right now and might not upgrade for a while (broke) and was wondering if their are any negatives for my system?
The performance with the latest Catalyst drivers is on par with XP these days. It's still a little lower given the extra resources taken up by the additional background processes, but you won't notice it.

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Will I need more memory right away?
2GB of RAM is fine for Vista and is the amount I started with when I first insalled my copy back in January 2007.

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Drivers?
Just make sure you check that you have the 64-bit versions of drivers before you try to install them as opposed to 32-bit. All of the components in your current system have Vista x64 drivers available from their respective manufacturer homepages. You may have issues with old printers and cameras though.

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Will it affect game performance playing DX 9?
As I said before, game performance won't be hindered by any noticeable degree.

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Is it worth upgrading my card to a DX 10 one,is their much difference?
If you are thinking of something along the lines of an 8600GT, which is around the same performance of your current card, I would say no. If you're thinking of an 8800GT, a more powerful card outright, then I'd say yes. However, this is only from an overall upgrade viewpoint and not just DirectX 10.

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Any pros or cons in doing this,I was considering skipping vista and waiting for Widows 7 which is suppose to be out in 2 years maybe.
If you're giving away or selling your old operating system you'd be a fool to get another copy of XP. However, think carefully before buying an OEM copy as to whether you'll be replaceing your motherboard anytime soon or not.
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XP x64
No.

The driver support is horrid. The only way to go 64-bit is 64 bit Vista and the Home Premium version is very good.
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XP x64
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No.

The driver support is horrid. The only way to go 64-bit is 64 bit Vista and the Home Premium version is very good.
You gets cookie

Vista x64 is the way to go, right now it is a solid OS that is worth using.
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See,this is why I have not tried Vista 64.It seems like people love it or hate it.I've heard a lot of negative from people,even some tech people.
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See,this is why I have not tried Vista 64.It seems like people love it or hate it.I've heard a lot of negative from people,even some tech people.
Don't listen to the haters. Try it yourself and ask yourself why you ever even used XP.
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See,this is why I have not tried Vista 64.It seems like people love it or hate it.I've heard a lot of negative from people,even some tech people.
Well, if you're considering going 64-bit, then Vista is really the only logical way to go.

If you're sticking with 32-bit, it's all up to personal preference. But your system will run Vista fine.

As for upgrading to a DX10 video card, I wouldn't do it for the sake of getting DX10 support.. I'd do it for the sake of getting a faster video card.
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As for upgrading to a DX10 video card, I wouldn't do it for the sake of getting DX10 support.. I'd do it for the sake of getting a faster video card.
Yea I was hoping for a good price drop on a 3850 or 3870 after the 4000's are released.
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vista 64 all the way... i upgraded and i'll never look back to xp =)
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