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went from XP to Windows 7 - now I have no sound

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Troy - im not a gamer so i dont play any video games. i mainly use it for the internet, watching movies (vlc player), downloading & playing music (itunes, winamp), burning cds/dvds (nero) youtube and some work programs. so do i need the most "tweaked" out computer? probably not. but when i'm browsing the net or opening a program, listening to music, opening a file folder, i'm a bit impatient and i like it to be as fast as possible....thus the most optimal running.

as far as downloading speeds, my internet is pretty high speed. ie, i can get d/l speeds up to 1mb/sec

As for a budget, i'm really in the dark on that. i guess i wouldnt want to spend $1000. perhaps $500 and under?

rshaffer61 - sorry, i'm not sure i understand, could you clarify? are you saying i shouldnt go with Win XP because it's outdated and there will be no drivers available? would you recommend i stick with windows 7?
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Hardware, Software and Component manufacturers are not making drivers for anything new now for XP.
The new stuff is all being made to be compatible with Win7 so my post was just stating that building a new system and using a OS that is nearing it's supported existence is not a good ideal.
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Windows 7 is much better than XP from many standpoints. Security, Ease Of Use, Hardware Efficiency.

I suggest to get Windows 7 and run an SSD drive. That way your programs will be nice and snappy when opening. This seems to be what bothers you the most from your previous post.
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