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Windows 8, $39 upgrades

Discussion in 'Computers, Games, Electronics etc' started by Briansol, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Briansol

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    cant wait :)
     
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    hmm.. i might actually update my comp from XP.. lol
     
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    make sure it meets sys req's.
     
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    Microsoft recommends:
    1 GHz or faster processor
    1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
    16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
    DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

    i have 2.8GHz
    2 GB RAM
    91 GB free space
    not sure on the graphics, but i'm sure i'm covered there
     
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    you need a new computer. my ipad has better specs.
     
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    other than HDD, most phones are more powereful. lol
     
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    Oh, no doubt.. this thing is about 7 yrs old
     
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    I have an old dell dimension with a 2.8ghz pentium 4 and 1gb ram and it runs windows 7 fine, but it was an "extreme" graphics version or something

    It's not my primary computer though... The one i'm using now will surely be able to run W8.

    Im pretty sure 3.0ghz, 4gb ram, and a terabyte is good enough. I dont have a 1tb hdd yet but i might get one for my laptop to fresh install W7 and then upgrade.

    All while keeping my Windows7 hdd intact and ready to be used in case of things going wrong. I do it with my ubuntu only hdd all the time, you just shut down (not sleep) and then switch hard drives
     
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    Will 8 be better than 7? I'm about ready for new hardware and was thinking Win 7 64 bit. Should I wait and go for Win 8?

    Still running Win XP on an Ultra High End Gaming Rig I built in early 2006.
     
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    I'll wait a while... 8 screws up a lot of stuff. Plus I have 7 licenses that would need upgrading.
     
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    Or maybe I should just blanket upgrade since I have an unlimited legit XP license...
     
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    That's kinda what I was thinking - I'll go with Win 7. I always wait a year or two before upgrading to any given OS. After they release SP1 for it anyway.

    Why? Cuz there's always problems and I don't want to participate in the "Development" phase anymore. :)
     
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    Cool. Hopefully 8 isn't a flop.
     
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    Plus it's supposed to be heavily touch screen enabled- meaning if you don't have gesture/touch hardware, the interface is going to suck. I personally want mouse precision and no fingerprints on my screen.
     
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    8 will still feature full mouse support. touch is simply an option in the control panel.


    if you buy 7 now, you can upgrade to 8 later for $14. but 7 is still like 200 bucks. might as well just wait and get 8. Since it's an extension of 7 more than anything, I think it will be rpetty stable in desktop mode.

    A high end gaming rig from 2006 is like an off the shelf laptop at staples today.
     
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    Maybe a packaged gaming rig of the period, but probably not this one. It's not a High End build, it was Ultra High End.

    I would guess overall, it's still got a little more grunt than the off the shelf Staples laptop stuff of today. Just the hard drive platform will smoke the shit out of a laptop - RAID'ed 10k RPM Raptors (striped) on the OS/Apps, and so forth. The ALU may not keep up due to RAM bandwidth, however real world throughput will be right there. The SLI video subsystem is probably on par with or even a bit above the average ATI laptop.

    But yeah, at 6+ years old, it's almost an antique and time for a full hardware update - another year of two and the iPhone will probably give it a good run for the money! Video, processor, mobo, RAM and Operating System will be upgraded. Probably keep the customized Koolance water cooling system and definitely keep the Lian Li case, hard drives and PCP&C power supply. I always wince when I build a high end rig, but they last the longest and I run them longer than a mid point build. At least I can re-use about 1/2 of this one in it's successor. :)

    Thinking back about the first XT clone I had with 640K of RAM and a 10mhz 8088 8 bit processor, 20 meg HD. That was a screamer, with the Turbo buttion on the front of the case and MS DOS 3.3. :) Geez, some of you guys weren't even born yet when I had that old turd. Turd? The Ulitimate Turd was my first PC, a 1984 TRS-80 Model 4 with 180k 5 1/4" floppy drives and 64k of RAM, a Z-80 processor that clocked out a less speed than the DOHC ZC will turn on a good day! That was a real turd. Monocrome green UV spewing monitor.
     
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    its more of a full update and polish than a new operating system. i don't see it being unreliable at all out of the gate. i'll purchase a new hp spectre XT with 8 when it comes out... don't really use my dvd drive and the office will buy me a usb3 blu-ray drive :)
     
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    ^ On the order of Win NT to Win 2000, then Win 2000 to Win XP?
     
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    more like ver 3>3.1>3.11, 95>98, XP>ME ... Vista>7>8 . I guess NT>2000 could qualify as well ;)
     
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