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Old 20th January, 2010, 06:51 AM
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Is it worth it?

I thinking about getting windows 7 for a few of my home computers, i have heard good and bad as far as performance and reliability goes. My biggest concern is will my machines handle windows 7, so im going to throw my specs on here...

Two HP DX2400 desktops:
Intel E5300 2.6Ghz
3Gb 800Mhz DDR2
500Gb SATA hard drive
Onboard GPU
(Both currently running Vista Home... )

Just your basic desktops, so everyone is distracted from my gaming rig. (Yes, she is outdated... but reliable!)

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2x 1Gb GSkill N5 DDR 400 (2.5-3-3-6)
HD 3850 512Mb (709Mhz/939Mhz)
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2x Seagate Barracuda 160Gb
Running XP pro

Any input will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 20th January, 2010, 04:23 PM
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I thinking about getting windows 7 for a few of my home computers, i have heard good and bad as far as performance and reliability goes. My biggest concern is will my machines handle windows 7, so im going to throw my specs on here...

Two HP DX2400 desktops:
Intel E5300 2.6Ghz
3Gb 800Mhz DDR2
500Gb SATA hard drive
Onboard GPU
(Both currently running Vista Home... )

Just your basic desktops, so everyone is distracted from my gaming rig. (Yes, she is outdated... but reliable!)

Ole' Bessy:
P4 3.2Ghz 800Fsb HT - Enabled
2x 1Gb GSkill N5 DDR 400 (2.5-3-3-6)
HD 3850 512Mb (709Mhz/939Mhz)
Turtle Beach SantaCruz 5.1 - Altec Lansing GT5051
2x Seagate Barracuda 160Gb
Running XP pro

Any input will be greatly appreciated!
W7 should run very well on them if they aren't used for gaming.
But if you want the older systems to run as fast as they can I'd stick with XP PRO
as DX11 will require a bit more muscle when gaming.
If you aren't going to be using the other systems for gaming then yes W7 will run very well on them.
If they can run Vista, then W7 will run even better on them!
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Old 22nd January, 2010, 03:40 AM
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Thanks that helps alot!

So would you say XP Pro will help my older gaming rig run faster? and if not what OS would be the best?
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Thanks that helps alot!

So would you say XP Pro will help my older gaming rig run faster? and if not what OS would be the best?
Yea, XP PRO is going to give you the highest FPS for gaming & also is the most compatible OS for games.

You can give W7 a go on your older system & see how it runs as an experiment. (you really don't know until its installed & you play some games on it)
It definitely runs a lot faster than Vista did though!
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I wish i could have more time to be on here and have more discussions, and having damn Hughes net doesn't help... if its going to rain tomorrow it wont work today!
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Let us know how it goes after you install Win 7.
I'm curious too because I eventually want to use it on my old systems and maybe my newer ones too.
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Windows 7 is best

With the release of Windows 7, users can now upgrade to the latest version of Windows which provides great functionality and requires less computer power than the Windows Vista.
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I have recently joined the Windows 7 gang and 64bit gangs.Running A OK, no problems with games that I have played on it... namely css... havent gotten round to trying anything else on it... nor am i likely to in the near future

as to if it is worth it... unless you NEED it, i wouldnt bother. The only reason i got it is that I got it free through work
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I have recently joined the Windows 7 gang and 64bit gangs.Running A OK, no problems with games that I have played on it... namely css... havent gotten round to trying anything else on it... nor am i likely to in the near future

as to if it is worth it... unless you NEED it, i wouldnt bother. The only reason i got it is that I got it free through work
I can tell you firsthand Toro that any & all games will play on W7 x64! I've got games as old as 2001 & as new as 2010...

I totally disagree with your assessment of Windows 7 x64 an is it worth it.
I think W7 x64 is totally worth it!!!
Way better than XP & Vista.
Much easier to use & navigate on & the gaming performance of W7 is much better than Vista too.
It also supports the newest SSDS drives with Trim function.

So...because of the above stated reasons (and much much more) I won't use any other OS now.
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I don't find it any easier to navigate. I do find it more of a pain in the arse for dealing with printers (which is what I spend my day job doing).

The task bar I am still getting used to. I like some of the features of it, but dislike others. Think trying too hard to be mac like.

If XP or Vista is doing the job for you, then I wouldn't recommend spending $$$ on a copy tbh
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Once you spend some time on the new OS & get used to where new stuff is & old stuff isn't anymore, the navigation is way faster.

Do you see that FOLDER in the taskbar?
This is the Library.
This is very useful for making shortcuts to all your frequently used folders no matter what drive they are on, & with this it only takes 2 clicks to get to where you want!
Also the "Search" at the bottom of the menu searches everywhere on the system & can bring up anything fast!

It's just a matter of getting used to new layout of the system to use it to its fullest.
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