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Windows 7: Best Windows OS for classic and modern gaming

18 Apr 2012   #1
thisistheend11

I don't have Windows yet
 
 
Best Windows OS for classic and modern gaming

I used to have a Windows computer running XP before I switched to Mac. I love my Macbook and all, but I miss playing all my old Windows games. These games include Windows 95/98 games, Windows XP games, and DOS games. I've decided I want to get a Windows computer so I can play all those games. Before I start building my computer, I want to know what Windows OS to get.

Here are some of the games I have that I want to play:

Simcity Classic
Simcity 2000
Simcity 3000
Simcity 4
The Sims
The Sims 2
Sid Meier's Pirates (XP)
Half Life
Half Life 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon

and a lot more (including modern) games.

I want an OS that can play modern games in high resolution (I'll get a good graphics card/CPU) and that is compatible with old games. These all worked fine on my old XP, and I will get that again if I have to, but last time I tried XP it seemed a bit dated compared to Windows 7.

What operating system do you recommend I get that can play old and modern games? Thanks.


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18 Apr 2012   #2
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
I used to have a Windows computer running XP before I switched to Mac. I love my Macbook and all, but I miss playing all my old Windows games. These games include Windows 95/98 games, Windows XP games, and DOS games. I've decided I want to get a Windows computer so I can play all those games. Before I start building my computer, I want to know what Windows OS to get.

Here are some of the games I have that I want to play:

Simcity Classic
Simcity 2000
Simcity 3000
Simcity 4
The Sims
The Sims 2
Sid Meier's Pirates (XP)
Half Life
Half Life 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon

and a lot more (including modern) games.

I want an OS that can play modern games in high resolution (I'll get a good graphics card/CPU) and that is compatible with old games. These all worked fine on my old XP, and I will get that again if I have to, but last time I tried XP it seemed a bit dated compared to Windows 7.

What operating system do you recommend I get that can play old and modern games? Thanks.
Get Windows 7 32 Bit:Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack: Software
64Bit won't be compatible with some older games and other software.
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19 Apr 2012   #3
Legaia

Windows 7 Professional (64x)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
I used to have a Windows computer running XP before I switched to Mac. I love my Macbook and all, but I miss playing all my old Windows games. These games include Windows 95/98 games, Windows XP games, and DOS games. I've decided I want to get a Windows computer so I can play all those games. Before I start building my computer, I want to know what Windows OS to get.

Here are some of the games I have that I want to play:

Simcity Classic
Simcity 2000
Simcity 3000
Simcity 4
The Sims
The Sims 2
Sid Meier's Pirates (XP)
Half Life
Half Life 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon

and a lot more (including modern) games.

I want an OS that can play modern games in high resolution (I'll get a good graphics card/CPU) and that is compatible with old games. These all worked fine on my old XP, and I will get that again if I have to, but last time I tried XP it seemed a bit dated compared to Windows 7.

What operating system do you recommend I get that can play old and modern games? Thanks.
Get Windows 7 32 Bit:Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack: Software
64Bit won't be compatible with some older games and other software.
Sounds like a blind comment to me. Since you do not know what hes hardware is like. If the hardware is decent he will most likley be able to run a Windows 7 64 bit and then just install a Virtual PC and run it that way meaning he will have access to the additional RAM he might have. Also you will be able to play all games as long as you are willing to put some time and effort into getting the virtual PC work and set it for the best preformance. You could go with the Windows 7 64 bit as hes standard OS and then have the virtual PC run windows XP 32 bit or even make a dual boot and have Windows 7 64 bit Windows XP 32 and last but by no means least Windows 98. All these require that he does have atleast Windows XP bought though from a shop. This might not be the cheapest way to go but will safe proof for further upgrades if he does decide to make a new PC and still use hes old OS. Instead of buy a new OS when that time comes. Or maybe you should even wait and see if the Windows 8 will be working beter when it comes to backwards compability then any of its ancestors have.
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19 Apr 2012   #4
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Legaia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
I used to have a Windows computer running XP before I switched to Mac. I love my Macbook and all, but I miss playing all my old Windows games. These games include Windows 95/98 games, Windows XP games, and DOS games. I've decided I want to get a Windows computer so I can play all those games. Before I start building my computer, I want to know what Windows OS to get.

Here are some of the games I have that I want to play:

Simcity Classic
Simcity 2000
Simcity 3000
Simcity 4
The Sims
The Sims 2
Sid Meier's Pirates (XP)
Half Life
Half Life 2
Rollercoaster Tycoon

and a lot more (including modern) games.

I want an OS that can play modern games in high resolution (I'll get a good graphics card/CPU) and that is compatible with old games. These all worked fine on my old XP, and I will get that again if I have to, but last time I tried XP it seemed a bit dated compared to Windows 7.

What operating system do you recommend I get that can play old and modern games? Thanks.
Get Windows 7 32 Bit:Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack: Software
64Bit won't be compatible with some older games and other software.
Sounds like a blind comment to me. Since you do not know what hes hardware is like. If the hardware is decent he will most likley be able to run a Windows 7 64 bit and then just install a Virtual PC and run it that way meaning he will have access to the additional RAM he might have. Also you will be able to play all games as long as you are willing to put some time and effort into getting the virtual PC work and set it for the best preformance. You could go with the Windows 7 64 bit as hes standard OS and then have the virtual PC run windows XP 32 bit or even make a dual boot and have Windows 7 64 bit Windows XP 32 and last but by no means least Windows 98. All these require that he does have atleast Windows XP bought though from a shop. This might not be the cheapest way to go but will safe proof for further upgrades if he does decide to make a new PC and still use hes old OS. Instead of buy a new OS when that time comes. Or maybe you should even wait and see if the Windows 8 will be working beter when it comes to backwards compability then any of its ancestors have.
Virtual PC is NOT for gaming. It can't even do 24 bit colors by default. It is to run BUSINESS software, not games. I have tried to run graphics stuff in virtualbox and it is a horrible experience. Also, the reason why I told them to go with 32bit is because they want to run OLDER software and in my experience, older software doesn't play nice with 64 bit. Also, he wouldn't want to run XP because the support is ending in 2 years and soon, more and more applications and games will become Windows 7 only. I didn't post a "blind" comment, I posted a comment from my experience and what I think will work BEST for the OP.
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19 Apr 2012   #5
thisistheend11

I don't have Windows yet
 
 

FYI, these are the specs I'm planning on getting:

AMD FX 4100 4-Core Processer
Ripjaws 8 GB (2x 4 GB) ram
Asus EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 GDDR5 1 GB Video Card
Biostar A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive Desktop Hard Drive

Will those specs be able to handle modern games? I don't think the graphics card is good enough. Every time I look up requirements for a game it lists two or three specific cards... What is a good, but not to expensive, graphics card?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #6
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
FYI, these are the specs I'm planning on getting:

AMD FX 4100 4-Core Processer
Ripjaws 8 GB (2x 4 GB) ram
Asus EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 GDDR5 1 GB Video Card
Biostar A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive Desktop Hard Drive

Will those specs be able to handle modern games?
Yes, but not at the highest settings. Also, if you run a 32 bit os, you can only use 3.5 gigs of ram. Any more ram won't be recognized by Windows 7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Apr 2012   #7
Legaia

Windows 7 Professional (64x)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thisistheend11 View Post
FYI, these are the specs I'm planning on getting:

AMD FX 4100 4-Core Processer
Ripjaws 8 GB (2x 4 GB) ram
Asus EAH6670/DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 6670 GDDR5 1 GB Video Card
Biostar A780L3B AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive Desktop Hard Drive

Will those specs be able to handle modern games? I don't think the graphics card is good enough. Every time I look up requirements for a game it lists two or three specific cards... What is a good, but not to expensive, graphics card?
A good graphic card for gaming is expensive although if you do have a budget for a new graphic card please tell us the budget and i'd be happy to give ya a suggestion. Id you have a little over 200$ i would suggest a HD6950

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Legaia View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Get Windows 7 32 Bit:Amazon.com: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack: Software
64Bit won't be compatible with some older games and other software.
Sounds like a blind comment to me. Since you do not know what hes hardware is like. If the hardware is decent he will most likley be able to run a Windows 7 64 bit and then just install a Virtual PC and run it that way meaning he will have access to the additional RAM he might have. Also you will be able to play all games as long as you are willing to put some time and effort into getting the virtual PC work and set it for the best preformance. You could go with the Windows 7 64 bit as hes standard OS and then have the virtual PC run windows XP 32 bit or even make a dual boot and have Windows 7 64 bit Windows XP 32 and last but by no means least Windows 98. All these require that he does have atleast Windows XP bought though from a shop. This might not be the cheapest way to go but will safe proof for further upgrades if he does decide to make a new PC and still use hes old OS. Instead of buy a new OS when that time comes. Or maybe you should even wait and see if the Windows 8 will be working beter when it comes to backwards compability then any of its ancestors have.
Virtual PC is NOT for gaming. It can't even do 24 bit colors by default. It is to run BUSINESS software, not games. I have tried to run graphics stuff in virtualbox and it is a horrible experience. Also, the reason why I told them to go with 32bit is because they want to run OLDER software and in my experience, older software doesn't play nice with 64 bit. Also, he wouldn't want to run XP because the support is ending in 2 years and soon, more and more applications and games will become Windows 7 only. I didn't post a "blind" comment, I posted a comment from my experience and what I think will work BEST for the OP.
Still like we have said before. 32 bits is still not compatible with all games. Which means the best choise would be a dual boot. And it does not matter if they end the support for windows xp in a couple of years since he is going to play older games not new games. Also if he goes with the Windows 7 32 bits he will have wasted basicly 4GB of ram straight into the trash can.

Most of the old games do not require too much computer power either and several games will work just fine.
Question is which games does he intend to play?
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20 Apr 2012   #8
VHSer

Windows7 64bit
 
 

How do you go about making a computer dual boot ?
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20 Apr 2012   #9
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

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.
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20 Apr 2012   #10
thisistheend11

I don't have Windows yet
 
 

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?
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