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Haha 'Budget motherboard'

I hate tech support, they just repeat themselves. How much were you going to spend on this upgrade rob? I'm considering it as well to make use of DX10 and my ram.
Another 4870X2 for starters (I can get the Asus for about $550 CAD).

Plus the cost of Vista of course.
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post #22 of 49
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Another 4870X2 for starters (I can get the Asus for about $550 CAD).

Plus the cost of Vista of course.
Were you looking at CC for the vista upgrade though? They are seriously lacking on retail boxes if that's the route you need to take.
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post #23 of 49
I suggest you not go for Vista Home Basic - It will limit you to only 8gb of RAM - as that is the defined software limit - even on x64.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa366778.aspx
Home premium has a limit of 16GB (likely to be upped in the future). Ultimate can take 128GB.

Also you must go retail if you change hardware often. OEM copies are linked to only one motherboard. Retail can be installed again and again. And the tech support you talked to was a nub. See here -
http://www.overclock.net/windows/156...ification.html
post #24 of 49
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Robilar, I use Vista Basic for gaming and benching, stripping it down to the necessities only.
Premium for my main OS.
I have a copy of Ultimate but haven't installed it yet.
Thats what I was thinking too. It seems like the functional differences between basic and premium are all what I term fluff features...

Aero (No need for that, I want speed not spiffy transparencies)

All in one media centre (Whatever that is...)

Automatic file backup (do it myself daily)

Remote access?

DVD burning (again, I have apps for that)

Create HD movies? (nope)

I have a hunch that if I got premium, I would be spending several hours disabling extras just like I do with XP (by shutting off un-needed services)
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Were you looking at CC for the vista upgrade though? They are seriously lacking on retail boxes if that's the route you need to take.
Infonec has the retail Vista Home Premium 64 bit upgrade for $145
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Thats what I was thinking too. It seems like the functional differences between basic and premium are all what I term fluff features...

Aero (No need for that, I want speed not spiffy transparencies)

All in one media centre (Whatever that is...)

Automatic file backup (do it myself daily)

Remote access?

DVD burning (again, I have apps for that)

Create HD movies? (nope)

I have a hunch that if I got premium, I would be spending several hours disabling extras just like I do with XP (by shutting off un-needed services)
Its not just fluff. Will you ever be having more than 8gb of RAM in the future?

How about server 2008 - just turn it into a workstation?
post #27 of 49
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Infonec has the retail Vista Home Premium 64 bit upgrade for $145
Ouch, upgrade kits are fun, and by fun, I mean a real hassle. I do it with XP and I make significant changes once to every 5 times you do..
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Its not just fluff. Will you ever be having more than 8gb of RAM in the future?

How about server 2008 - just turn it into a workstation?
Will I have more than 8 gb? On this system I doubt it. Its primarily for gaming/benching. I need to go vista for the pair of 4870x2's to work in crossfire (and of course my ram).
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post #29 of 49
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Will I have more than 8 gb? On this system I doubt it. Its primarily for gaming/benching. I need to go vista for the pair of 4870x2's to work in crossfire (and of course my ram).
Fair enough I suppose. Depends how long Vista will last for you.
For benching Basic is probably better, but is very limited by M$. Still, for everyday use, I would take HP hands down.
post #30 of 49
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Ok, so Bestbuy has retail Windows Vista Home basic upgrade for example

http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodde...48&catid=21236


Is this 32 bit or 64 bit? I went through their sku's and could not determine which was which.
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