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So I'm going about and re-doing my current setup but am stuck as to which OS I should go with. Here's the setup:

Q6600 G0 oc'd to 3.2GHz
4x1GB Crucial Ballistix
ASUS P5K Deluxe/WiFi
NVIDIA 8500 GT
Seagate 320GB 7200.10

I'm currently running XP x64 edition but have had a few issues with certain programs which is the main reason I'm thinking of switching. Of course I can go with any of the typical OS's: XP SP3 x86, XP x64, Vista Ultimate SP1 x86, or Ultimate SP1 x64. I'm keeping this box on Windows as I already have several other x64 Linux servers to keep me happy...

I know that the 32-bit systems will only detect ~3GB of ram but for what I typically do I'm not sure its a major issue. I do a lot of Office, email, surfing, large network file transfers, Prime95 (Mersenne), and F@H. I don't game so that also doesn't matter to me.

So what which OS would you suggest I go with?
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In that case I think you should get Windows Vista x64 then. Since it recognizes all 4GB of ram. Plus the driver support for Vista x64 is really good. And its pretty fast better than 32bit Os's.
 
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 Pro Series 1TB Samsung F3 1TB  Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBS DVD Burner Corsair Hydro Series H100i v2 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2 x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15 120MM fans 4 x Enermax TB Silence Red 120mm fans 1 x Coolermaster 200mm fan 1 x Coolermaster 140mm fan 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
1 x Coolermaster 120mm fan Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit ASUS VG248QE 24" 1920x1080 144hz Corsair Strafe RGB Cherry MX Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair AX1200 Cooler Master Cosmos II Logitech G502 Razer Vespula  
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Logitech G110 Bestec 300W HP Case Logitech G100s 
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I'm here to tell you that even if you choose XP, the 3.2GB that it DOES detect won't hinder you very much as long as your RAM speed is up to snuff (800 or better). When I game, I never use more that 50% of what is detected, so 1.6GB, and it's running at 1066MHz. I personally enjoy XP, I'm a heavy gamer and aside from DirectX10.1 I see no reason to switch, some of the games I enjoy don't cooperate well with Vista. That's just my two cents.
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Vista Home Premium 64-bit
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