Old Mac Pro - 1st attempt at installing windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by cpcarrot, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. cpcarrot macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    OK hopefully a simple question. I’ve had a search on the forum and have got some conflicting information so I’m just after some clarification.

    I have:

    Mac Pro 4x2.66 (bought September 2007)
    9GB Ram
    4 x 500GB Hard Drives
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Graphics (Upgraded) as main graphics card
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT in slot 4 (Original graphics card)

    Running latest version of Leopard (upgraded to Leopard a few weeks ago 10.5.2 and then downloaded update, and fitted the XT 2600 shortly afterwards).

    Now I’m planning on installing windows onto a dedicated drive (slot 2). Basically so I can run some of my PC games and maybe the occasional other app.

    Basically I’m after some views on what version of windows would be best for this set up?

    Having had a browse for similar posts I am pretty sure I want a 64-bit version of Vista. People seem to suggest that the 64 bit version of XP has problems and given I’ve got 9GB of RAM I will need a 64 bit OS in order to get the best value.

    Now my instinct is to get the OEM version of Windows Vista Home Premium Edition – 64 bit. Having compared the versions of Vista I can’t see anything in the ultimate edition that I need that isn’t in the Premium edition. 64-Bit so allows me to use my system to its fullest. OEM – because well its cheaper and I’m not planning to migrate this version anytime soon.

    So two questions:

    1) Any alternative views on which OS version to buy given my set up?
    2) Install wise am I going to run into any problems as this is the “Old type” Mac Pro? Basically what drivers and disks am I going to need or should everything be included in the latest Leopard version?
  2. cpcarrot thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
  3. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    No old Mac pro users who were up at that time, jeez, give it some time when you are posting at what is 3am to me. 64Bit sounds like the way to go, but I am unsure if the old MP's have the drivers. Hopefully someone else knows. Getting an OEM version like you say would be the way to go.
  4. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    Do you need 9 GB of RAM to run your games? Probably not. The 32 bit version is more likely to have better drivers (this used to be the case, the situation may have changed by now).

    Your performance limit is going to be your graphics card, anyway.

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