First post, by jwt27
I'm picking parts for a new PC because this Pentium 4 is really starting to get on my nerves now.
I'm thinking of getting the following setup:
- Gigabyte GA-X79-UP4
- Core i7 4930K LGA2011
- Seasonic M12II 850W
- Asus Geforce GTX780
- Kingston 2x8GB PC2400-CL11
for sound I'm going to use my X-fi elite pro for now, but I'm thinking of upgrading to a PCI-e studio sound card later.
Probably waaay overkill and too expensive but I don't really care. I'm planning to hold on to this system for 10 years like I did with the P4 😀
Anyway, I'm about to hit the order button but there's one thing I can't decide about. Which operating system should I run on this machine?
If I was going to use this system as glorified console to play calladoody the obvious answer would be Windows 7 64-bit, of course. But that's not my goal.
My first choice in OS would be Windows 2000, but since Microsoft decided to break their Visual C it's pretty much useless now. Next would be Windows XP, which suffers from the same problem pre-SP3 and I fear they'll break SP3 too sooner or later. And of course, both are only 32-bit...
Then there is XP 64-bit, which seems like the ideal choice for me. But from what I've heard it's kinda buggy and has very little driver support. Anyone knows more about that?
The only advantage Windows 7 has to me is DX10/11 support... and I fail to see how much of an advantage that really is. For newer games I guess I don't have much choice, but still, it seems really awkward to pay for a forced downgrade.
Of course I could dual-boot XP and 7, but from previous multi-boot experiments I know I'll stick to either one of them after a while an completely forget about the other partition.
Another option I thought about is to just run Debian and use virtual machines for Windows programs/games. But will I be able to use my graphics and sound card directly in a VM? Won't that hurt performance terribly?
I'd appreciate it if anyone could help me decide about this...