First post, by Robin4
Iam a little stuck on this.. Thats because of using windows xp isnt very save anymore these days, so iam trying to find a solution here..
The hardware parts arent much of trouble here.. Its more for the right decision using which operating system..
But first iam telling you which components iam going to use for this build.. I have this in mind to use:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T processor. ( i know i could use a slower cpu, but it would even be nice it could windows 7 in dual boot as well)
Gigabyte 890fxa-UD7 motherboard
8GB DDR3 memory 1600 mhz. (its over from an newer build)
Bought recently a new in stock coolermaster HAF X ATX-XL case (because of the longer sized motherboard)
Temporally i would use one off my old (wont use it anymore for regular daily use) graphics card MSI N660 2GB TF OC (but i would like to getting an AMD graphics card instead..
For storage i have got a WD raptor 10.000 RPM drive i could use and a samsung 830 256GB and a corsair F120 ssd if needed..
As you notice here, iam focusing to build an AMD build ( thats the main goal)
Iam not going to use this system for the latest high-demanding games ( i have two newer computers that could do that.)
Deciding which storage options iam going to use isnt that a big of a problem.I trying to find this out later) But iam not out which is the best OS, soundcard compatibilly, graphics card
First about the graphics card, iam thinking to going for an AMD radeon HD 7950 3GB card (7970 is to power hungry from my stand point of view.) (this is the latest graphic card series that would have support for windows xp..) But there are some issues going this route..)
Its still a power hungry card, would output more heat. Maybe its to noisy ect. With Nvidia i could using a faster card like an GTX960 4GB card (it still had support for windows xp and so available drivers.)
The monitor i want to use would have the Full HD resolution (this because, i dont like to play on the more lower resolution we had back in the day.. And second its harder to find a monitor with a lower resolution then full hd.. I know that 1600 x1200 back in the day was really very high-end. So if it would run in 1600 x 1200 it would also work in 1920x1080. So the graphics need to have enough power to drive that monitor.. Thats why i wouldnt be interested to buy an 58xx serie or 68xx series instead.
Then about Operating system security... I know iam not the most important person to brake in.. But you never know.. First i where thinking of using two seperate storage drives.. First drive i would use it to install windows xp on it second as a windows vista drive, this was more because of historical reasons (some of period correct thing, so i could get the best compatibillity i ever could wish)
What iam planning to do with this system.. Mostly it just running those old games on it.. Specially those games that only could run on the windows xp OS and wouldnt run on those newer osses.. A second part of this system i might want to reserve it to play GoG.COM games on it as well.. So i dont have to installed them on the newer systems, and keep the stuff apart from each other.
The soundcard i want to going to use would be a creative Sound blaster Audigy 2 ZS because of hardware acceleration.. I know this was possible in the past only on windows xp and creative would remove / or couldnt add it later with windows vista.. Why iam want to use the audigy 2 ZS..
I had a X-FI card as well in 2008, but i was never really fond of it. The Audigy 2 ZS soundcard was just on the border as the latest and best soundcard from its area.
I really have a few options in my mind (this later) But i really dont know what to do about the osses.. Iam also thought about virtualisation windows XP in windows vista 64x (that i have both X86-32 and x86-64 capable operating systems..) (this is also might give me a benefit so i could limiting the drives i would going to use.. (one for the dual OS) and one for games liberary.) On the other hand i might switch from vista 64x to windows 7 64 instead because of better SSD support and also some other support could be better and still security updates available also..
A third option could be virtialisation Windows XP 32-bit in windows 7
I wasnt finished on this post.
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