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Windows 7: Best Windows OS for classic and modern gaming

21 Apr 2012   #11
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
Even if dual booting would work with my hardware, installing an OS (XP) that won't have anymore security updates in a couple of years is a bit risky, right?
Yes, it is.


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21 Apr 2012   #12
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Best thing you can do is use a 64bit os get the full use of your ram

For older titles some do not run /but others will You can also right click and run Compadability mode

For future games which comes out very rapidly it would be better to invest in a card with long term value as WINDUDE suggested

The card he mentioned is really becomming hard to find

your card is ok but if you have a better budget either get the same card for xfire or jump to one of the big boys im sure you can still find a 6870 for about 199.00 if you look around

Win XP would be a bad choice at this point you would just be kicking yourself the support is gone and pretty soon it will be like the one's before it Obsollete


Im only saying this if you play to pursue more gaming in the future which later you might need to upgrade again if you choose low end gaming cards
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21 Apr 2012   #13
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
Even if dual booting would work with my hardware, installing an OS (XP) that won't have anymore security updates in a couple of years is a bit risky, right?
If you don't connect to the net, security is a non-issue if dual booting on older OS like XP.


Also, is that Western Digital Green intended to be your primary OS drive?

If so - it's not a great drive for OS/Gaming usage. It's intended more for storage.

A WD Blue or better yet, a Black would be better choice for OS/Games.

Alternatively a Seagate or a Samsung.


As for video card, there is always Nvidia as a good alternative. The GTX560ti is a bit more expensive than a 6770, but for newer games it has enough 'grunt' to handle most new releases with pretty good/high quality settings.
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23 Apr 2012   #14
Crazymike

Windows 7 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Best thing you can do is use a 64bit os get the full use of your ram

For older titles some do not run /but others will You can also right click and run Compadability mode
Agreed. I'm using my 64 bit system to run half-life and a few older games with no problems. When I was running Vista I did have to run a couple of them in compatibility mode, and they ran just fine.
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23 Apr 2012   #15
Katanyavich

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

My collection of games goes back over 20 years but I can still play most of them.

I use my P4 desktop (Win XP) for the ones that won't run on this laptop (Win 7 64-bit).

DOS-Box on this machine takes care of the really old stuff, (and also has Win 3.1 installed).

And for the handful that insist on Win 95-98 (think TOCA Touring Cars and the
original Colin McRae Rally etc), there's a P3 with Win98SE in the spare room.

The only ones I can't play are the ones on 5.25 floppies.....no drive.....
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23 Apr 2012   #16
thisistheend11

I don't have Windows yet
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
Even if dual booting would work with my hardware, installing an OS (XP) that won't have anymore security updates in a couple of years is a bit risky, right?
If you don't connect to the net, security is a non-issue if dual booting on older OS like XP.


Also, is that Western Digital Green intended to be your primary OS drive?

If so - it's not a great drive for OS/Gaming usage. It's intended more for storage.

A WD Blue or better yet, a Black would be better choice for OS/Games.

Alternatively a Seagate or a Samsung.


As for video card, there is always Nvidia as a good alternative. The GTX560ti is a bit more expensive than a 6770, but for newer games it has enough 'grunt' to handle most new releases with pretty good/high quality settings.
Hmm thanks I guess I didn't know what the difference between the green and standard hard drive was.

I am going to build this PC slowly (one part at a time), but I want to keep it all under about $800.
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25 Apr 2012   #17
Legaia

Windows 7 Professional (64x)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
Even if dual booting would work with my hardware, installing an OS (XP) that won't have anymore security updates in a couple of years is a bit risky, right?
Not really since you are going to play classic games. Which means that most of the time you will never even touch the internet. Just install a AV and you will not have any problems.

Also if you are willing to you can always have a look at Gog.com and see if they have the games you are going to play since they have all the old games there for sale and they do support Windows 7 both 32 and 64 bit
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25 Apr 2012   #18
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Legaia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
Even if dual booting would work with my hardware, installing an OS (XP) that won't have anymore security updates in a couple of years is a bit risky, right?
Not really since you are going to play classic games. Which means that most of the time you will never even touch the internet. Just install a AV and you will not have any problems.

Also if you are willing to you can always have a look at Gog.com and see if they have the games you are going to play since they have all the old games there for sale and they do support Windows 7 both 32 and 64 bit
The thing is is that XP won't have any AV vendors (atleast not the one I use) supporting it. It will be old and not supported. And again, I can't stress this enough, XP probably won't even work with is hardware. XP is old and that hardware is very new.
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01 May 2012   #19
VHSer

Windows7 64bit
 
 

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How do you go about making a computer dual boot ?
This should help you with that: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Another reason why I suggest going with Windows 7 only is because XP doesn't support a lot of this newer hardware. If you could get XP running on that hardware then I will be quite amazed. Most companies stopped making XP drivers for new hardware about 1 to 2 years ago.
I have windows7, but Future Cop won't work in 7. It only works in 95/98, and XP.
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01 May 2012   #20
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VHSer View Post
How do you go about making a computer dual boot ?
This should help you with that: Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Another reason why I suggest going with Windows 7 only is because XP doesn't support a lot of this newer hardware. If you could get XP running on that hardware then I will be quite amazed. Most companies stopped making XP drivers for new hardware about 1 to 2 years ago.
I have windows7, but Future Cop won't work in 7. It only works in 95/98, and XP.
Then dual boot with XP.
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