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(OK, I want to make this incredibly clear right now that the choice I go with is not going to be the OS I will be using as my daily user. I have a Pentium 4 PC that is running XP, so please do not suggest a version of W7 for "everything else...")

So I just built a gaming PC, E7500 @ 3.4Ghz, 6GB DDR2 RAM, HD4870, TX750. (will be upgrading to Q6600 soon.) I was going to use my copy of XP, but I thought... Seen as I have a DX10 card, and 6GB of RAM, I wanted to make use of it. Plus, a couple of games have started to drop XP from its support.

Anyways, I'm stuck on which version to choose (FOR GAMING! - NOTHING ELSE!) I was going to go with Home Basic X64, as I think this would be the lesser resource hog, but I'm not sure...

Is there a resource hog between Home Basic and Ultimate? Is there any performance gains/losses between the two?

Any help appreciated.
Edited by Zonet - 1/12/11 at 2:24pm
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post #2 of 25
For gaming... it doesn't really matter.

Just get Home Premium.
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post #3 of 25
Ultimate's only benefit is the multiple Language Packages and Bitlocker.

I've always preferred Windows 7 Professional x64, but I need to bind to a domain. You should be fine with the Home version.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;11987372 
For gaming... it doesn't really matter.

Just get Home Premium.

If thats the case, then why not Home Basic? What gains will I see with Home Premium?
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post #5 of 25
Get Home Premium.

By the way, here is the difference between Home Basic and Home Premium:
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1. Home Basic is cheaper than Home Premium.
2. Home Premium is being sold worldwide, while Home Basic is sold only in certain areas.
3. Home Premium has full Aero support, while Home basic only has partial support.
4. Home Premium is able to create and join a home network, while Home Basic is only capable of joining.
5. Home Premium is already equipped with the Windows Media Center, while the Home Basic is not.
post #6 of 25
Pro has more control, administrative tools and such.

Ultimate is just Pro with all languages built in.

Home Premium has everything you 'need' per say, but not everything you want.

I'd recommend Pro, but I've only used Pro and Ultimate.
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Edited by maxextz - 1/12/11 at 2:46pm
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by maxextz;11987483 
Home Premium is already equipped with the Windows Media Center, while the Home Basic is not.

surely this is a plus.

get xp its better for gaming.wink.gif
    
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Interesting... Anything about Resource hog's between the lot? I want FPS over everything (seen as the system is built around socket 775, and won't be upgrading any time soon.)
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