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curious what may work best....

I hear that Vista is a memory hog... and it came with my new computer, I do like how it performs and I dont have any particular problem with it. However since i've added some hardware upgrades to my pc I was curious about maybe an OS change to get better performance from this machine now that its been upgraded.

This is my first post and i'm not totally n00b, but probably not as experienced as most.

My computer is as follows:


Motherboard Manufacturer: Asus
Motherboard Name: M2N68-LA
HP/Compaq motherboard name: Narra3-GL8E


AMD Phenom? 8400 Triple-Core Processor
? 2.10 GHz, 1.5MB L2 Cache + 2MB shared L3 Cache, 3600 MHz HT3 Front Side Bus


3072 MB (2 x 1024 MB; 2 x 512 MB)
*upgraded* I removed the 2 x 512 MB of ram and put in OCZ SLI-Ready Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2x2048MB)

..Video Adapter..

NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE
*upgraded* Installed ATI Radeon? HD 4850 256-bit GDDR3/4/5 memory interface, 800 stream processing units running DVI-to-HDMI to my....


Acer P244W bii
24" LCD
Maximum Resolution & Refresh Rate: 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 2000:1

This is powered by a new 750 watt power supply I cant remember the make on that... Also got a D-Link Wireless N PCI adapter...

Now to my question about possible change of OS, I was wondering if I sould wait for Windows 7 64-bit, Upgrade to Vista 64-Bit, or downgrade or dualboot XP 64-Bit

I want to be able to have my computer recognize all the RAM I have in it and so i know I need 64 bit OS, I use the computer mainly for downloading, web browsing, social networking, downloadin. And watching movies, video streams and playing World Of Warcraft (tho I intend on buying some more new games as I find ones that catch my intrest. Soon I will buy a BluRay drive in this so i can watch those on my nice monitor thru the HDMI connection. I just want this computer to get the most out of what I give it... I believe the max ram it will take is 8. I just upgraded to 6 thought I know its only recognizing 3 at the current point in time. So what do you think I should do to help me get this machine performing to the best of its potential?

Thanks for your attention. Happy

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Which OS to choose

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If your existing OS is OK, why worry about changing. I have Vista myself and don't really understand all the hostility towards it. Spend some time on maintenance (defrag etc) and tweaking settings and it should be fine.

I think it would be pointless going backwards to XP. Wait until 7 sp_1 if you must upgrade.

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The main concern for switching is cuz I have 6 gigs of RAM and only 3 can be recognized by a 32-Bit OS.... that was the "why"

btw thanks for responding guys Happy this is my first thread here

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If you are in a hurry to use the 6 GB RAM ...

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go ahead and go with 64 bit Vista (you already know Vista works well on the system so all you would need to do is locate all the 64 bit hardware drivers prior to making the install).

64 bit Windows XP was a work in progress and since it was not widely adopted many of the problems were simply not fixed and many hardware drivers were never written for the OS.

If you are not really in any hurry then I really suggest staying with what you have and 3 GB of RAM and waiting for Windows 7 64 bit.

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your configuration is awesome and for your system vista would work very fine, but switching over to windows 7 beta is not appreciated as it is still in beta. but you can test it though as beta version usage will not be illegal, but if you want to upgrade os you need to spend lot of money :?(

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Wait for it.

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It should be amazing to see how many switch to XP over the next few months and then scream fowl over the soon to appear Windows 7 which will be what they really wanted.

I would not change a thing and sit tight will 7.

Turkey or Duck?

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Windows 7

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Will there be a 32 and a 64 bit version of Windows 7 , or will it just be one for all.... i'm just assuming that someone knows, maybe this info is not out yet?

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Link only.

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switching OS

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I was in a similar situation to yours a few months ago. I switched to ubuntu, and never looked back.

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switching os

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I'd love to use a *Nix based OS but its a whole new bunch of learning for me on top of that i'd likely have compatibility issues with games I play and such, am I right?

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