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Download XP Sp2 or buy Vista Basic?

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  1. ShadowFold

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    I need to get a SP2 install disc but I cant slipstream to my Dell OEM disc(only XP disc I have) because my mobo needs XPSP2 to install.. So either I need a place to download XP SP2(legally) full or buy Vista Basic x86 or x64, if I buy Vista would I like x64? All I do is game and I wont have enough money to buy an extra gig or two of ram for awile if I buy it. So what do I do?
     
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    Um, shouldn't that just download automatically through windows update? Or is it b/c you can't get into windows without it? I personally would go with vista, 2 gigs should be enough, although you might see a slight perfomance in games drop with 2 gigs until you tweak it.
     
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    If you went Vista, why basic?

    I found that Vista Home Premium x64 with SP1 (RC) is actually faster than Vista x86 and Vista x64 with no SP.
     
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    that two gigs may be pushing it on a gaming rig that would be running vista, i personally go with xp, but it may be a more future proof idea to get vista now
     
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    The drop in FPS is next to nothing.
     
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    Especially since they dropped the price of HP.
     
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    It is, but to some people that is a deal breaker. I personally can play a game at 25 fps and be perfectly happy, but thats just me. The drop can become nil and even reverse if you tweak vista also.
     
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    I get a BSOD when I go into the boot from CD thing like 20 seconds into it while its loading all the stuff on that blue screen where it says "Windows Setup" or w/e

    Well Basic is 20$ cheaper and all I do is play games and dl stuff I dont need the aero or w/e. I just spent 110$ on the board so im pretty low on cash as is..
     
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    i dont think you can get 64bit basic. get home premium 64.
     
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    Yea they have basic x64 on newegg but I cant get home premium its too much and I think im just gonna get x86 anyway I dont feel like dealing with x64 after all this.
     
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    64bit isnt as bad as people say. its actually better than 32 bit in a lot of ways. people are just too stubborn to admit it.
     
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    Most of the compatibility issues have been worked out. If for some reason its not, working, bitch at microsoft until it does. lol
     
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    Wouldnt it use a ton on memory tho? I only have 2gb and I wont be able to get some more for awile.
     
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    no. you are misinformed. it can utilize more memory. it's not gonna use more just because it's 64bit. i'd recommend getting 4gig's though. it runs everything better.
     
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    Why would x64 use more memory? Its going to use the same amount as x86.

    The more memory you have in the system, the more the OS will utilize. That is the whole point of it. People fail to see that and then pitch a bitch about it.
     
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    vista would be fine, 64bit would probely be ok most games dont have problems with it, i use 2 gigs of ram and i dont get and preformance drop, might be because of the video card tho i donno how these things work XD
     
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    hey sometimes people like to bitch just to bitch
     
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    tell me about it.
     
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    ok i will, people shouldn't bitch about certain it just makes you look like a bitchy bitch that bitches about everything, including bitchy people;)
     
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    Ok so it would be a good idea to pick up basic x64? alright I think I will. I gotta get the money first tho.
     
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    +1

    I cant argue that point at all. Some people just aren't happy unless they are bitching.
     
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    i would pick up 64 bit basic, thats probably the best choice for you
     
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    how much is it? home premium 64bit OEM is only $99.
     
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    $109.99 on Newegg. Just looked. 64bit basic is $89.99
     
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