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Xzyon

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After looking over you site a little more, i realize that I posted my upgrade question in the wrong forum :)
Gonna ask the same thing as in the Games forum. i apologize if you regard this as double posting and may delete my post in the games forums if you wish.

I have been putting together a new gaming rig for some time now. However, I was wondering if it was worth it for me to go ahead and upgrade from XP home to Vista 64 bit premium. I realize that Vista supports more memory and was prepared to compensate with an additional 4 gigs should Vista be the final verdict on this rig. I have already paid for or possessed some of the components i needed for the rig. Since i suspect you all are going to want specs I will provide you all with what I am using from my previous rig and what I have on the way.

Yoinking from my current rig:

-Hitachi HDT725032VLA380 320GB hard drive
-4 gigs of PC5300 667mhz DDR2 memory (2 2gig sticks)(may be replacing)
-700 watt power supply

What I have Purchased:

-Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE PCI 7.1 Surround Sound Card
-Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 AM2 S754 S939 S940 2000RPM 36CFM Heatsink Fan
-Coolermaster Storm Scout Black ATX Tower Case
-Gigabyte Radeon HD 4670 512MB (2 of them, gonna crossfire)
-Zalman fanmate 2 (1 for each videocard, read reviews on the fan noise after i purchased them and am trying to compensate)
-MSI DKA790GX ATX AM2+ 790GX DDR2 2PCI-E16 CrossFire 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI SATA GBLAN Motherboard
-Amd Phenom Ii X4 940 Black Edition Quad Core Processor AM2+ 3.0GHZ 8MB Cache


All i need to know is, would it be worth it for me to switch from XP to Vista 64bit Home Premuim and purchase 8 gigs worth of Corsair Dual Channel PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory. Cost to me would be about an extra $250 cnd.

Any comments on my new rig as well as advice and answers to my inquiry are all welcome. Keep in mind, this is somewhat of a budget rig.

Thank you
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xtthew!

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You might want to give the Windows 7 RC a try for a bit. That way you wouldn't have to worry about spending money on an OS for a while and you'd be able to see how well your games run on it. It's got pretty much all the capabilities of Vista, such as DirectX 10. As for the RAM, I don't think you'd be needing that much. 4GB of RAM should do the job for you.

Edited by xtthew!, 24 May 2009 - 02:47 PM.

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Never even considered Windows 7, maybe i will give it a try. Thanks for the tip. BTW, I am from SK as well man :) about an hour from Prince Albert.
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So far I've found Windows 7 to work great for me. I've been running it on my laptop for a while, until my Hard Drive decided to die on me, so currently I'm running it off of a Live CD. I just noticed that you're new Mobo won't support your old RAM, unless I took a look at the wrong Mobo. So if you can find some good value RAM, you could go for 6GB, but I still think 8GB is way more than you'll need for a while.

Didn't notice your from SK as well, can't say I've ever heard of the place though.
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http://www.directcan...manufacture=MSI

this is the link for the motherboard. halfway down the page it says Memory standard in the specs.

DDR2-667/PC2-5300 is among them, so its all good :)

and the place i live.... right on Highway 6, directly south of Melfort. In case you where wondering where it was.
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Ahhh, I see.
I've only gone south through Wadena, never there.

And I was taking a look at that motherboard, but I think it was the platinum one I seen.

Anyways, It looks like a pretty good build.
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Well I think this is an overall good investment. Put everything together, installed XP again, and installed all the drivers last night. tested Fallout 3 before bed and it runs FLAWLESS on Ultra High settings. My previous system struggled to just run the game. I am happy.

I tried windows 7 before installing XP, and there seemed to be some compatibility issues with it and my drivers as i got the blue screen of death not once, but twice, so i went with XP.

Anyhoo thanks for your input. :)
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Windows 7 is still only a RC, I wouldn't recommend running it on a new system unless it is a designated test system. Other than that, looks like a good system and Im glad to hear everything runs fine!

Just out of curiosity, how much did it all cost?
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Final bill, not including express shipping was about $800 cnd taxes in. Keep in mind I had a couple of parts from my old system that i used.

Edited by Xzyon, 26 May 2009 - 10:48 PM.

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