Windows Vista or 7 for gaming

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by Boostin, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

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    Just got a quick question, because, pathetically the world is still mostly run on windows, should i get vista or wait for Windows 7 for gaming. Any advantages to waiting? is 7 actually gonna be worth a *#&@? will it have any advantages in the gaming world? also, will i have any compatibility issues? Thanks for any advice/info answers.
     
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    gatepc

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    windows 7 all the way. it has a smaller foot print and uses less resources so you should have better gaming performance not to mention it has less bugs and less problems then vista.
     
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    Gatteau

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    I'd wait for Win7.
     
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    Vista has a performance issue with OpenGL programs while Aero is enabled. According to OpenGl.org, it is apparently a 10% trade off. While this may not sound like much, this is on average. Certain OpenGL games could see frequent FPS spiking (Quake 3 and Live for example) while Windows is fiddling with Aero in the background which is overly annoying.

    This problem appears to have been resolved in Windows 7.
     
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    nick1516

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    Just order windows vista on newegg, they offer a free upgrade to windows 7 when it comes out.
     
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    Huntn

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    I wonder how seamless the Windows 7 upgrade will be from Vista? I'd really really like to avoid having to install from scratch if yaknowwhatimean.
     
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    even if you're not gaming,
    Win 7 > Vista
     
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    combatcolin

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    My big boy Quad Core PC has been sitting waiting for Win 7 now for about 2 months.

    Soon, soon.....
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Hello
    Actually I am confuse between both Windows Vista and windows 7 both. Windows Vista's performance is good but according to me windows 7 is very good for gaming. I am also using it. Thank you very much friends for your different type of opinions.
     
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    Winni

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    Quick answer: Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, 64-Bit. It's so good, you will eventually consider giving up on OS X completely.
     
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    You might as well have asked ... Win7 or eating poop.
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    7 is MUCH better then Vista. I'd say Microsoft have finally come around this time. Although still not OSX.;)
    If you're planning on using a PC for gaming, go with 7.
     
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    I use 7 for all my gaming needs on my MacBookPro. Works like a charm. It is a decent OS, I don't mind it that much. I prefer OS-X but I could see people liking 7 -- it really isn't another vista, thankfully. I think MS will do OK with it.
     
  14. Guest

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    I'm temporarily using XP (granted not 7, but same dog, right) at work and I'm reminded of all the bad things that Windows does. I'm very doubtful that a person used to the overall quality of OS X would seriously consider such a move.
     
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    MattZani

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    Windows 7.

    Its now better than XP (Once all the devs support it AHEM PUNKBUSTER)
     
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    Warning! Warning! Microsoft Infiltrator Detected!! Bill is pulling strings!!! :)
     
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    MacsRgr8

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    How about running older games?

    I have sliced one of my Mac Pro's HDs in two (1 partition for XP, 1 for Vista 64 bits).
    Vista for the newer games, but I ran into all sorts of issues running older games which I still love playing...
    Therefore an installation of XP for those older ones was necessary.

    Anyone know how good Win 7 (64 bits) is running older stuff (like NFS 4 and 5, Richard Burns rally, Far Cry etc.).

    I have read about Win XP compatibility mode, so could that help "classic gaming'?

    Cheers.
     
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    Vista takes a good amount of ram to run it smoothly...Win7 should pretty much PWN Vista/Xp.
     
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    Windows 7 hands down. It uses less RAM to run, much easier to use, and in general it has some nice features that Vista doesn't. Just in general wait for Windows 7.
     
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    Huntn

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    I just hope I can upgrade to W7 and not have to start from scratch with all ready installed programs.
     
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    Definitely go for 7 for gaming.

    There really shouldn't be a reason for anyone to pick Vista over anything else...you'd be better off w/ the 'ol classic Windows 3.11
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    I just starting using win 7 x64 a week or two ago, liking it very much so far, more so than vista. No problems yet with games either.
     
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    Well since Microsoft will switch to a Unix kernel when hell freezes over, I'll stay with OS X, thank you very much. :cool:

    Though I wouldn't mind having Win7 64 bit in Boot Camp for certain things, gaming being one of them. :p

    :apple: FTW! :D
     
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    Having used both for gaming at this point, I'd say wait for Windows 7. Smaller footprint, lower RAM usage, optimized code, better driver handling, and a nicer interface.
     

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