recommendation for which pc OS program to buy

Discussion in 'iMac' started by yakkowarner epi, May 18, 2011.

  1. yakkowarner epi macrumors member

    May 1, 2011
    I am just interested in gaming with the PC. What pc OS do you recommend. I don't need any bells and whistles. And I assume I need to use bootcamp. And I want to do it on the cheap. Or do I just stick with games for the mac?
  2. Duluth Baptist macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    Duluth, MN
    It's a bit obscure, but it sounds like you want to play games on your Mac, so you want to use bootcamp to partition your drive to run a different OS so you can play games.

    Er, what are you trying to choose between? The only OS you would be talking about is Windows, and while I suppose you could pick up a cheap copy of Windows XP on ebay, the only logical OS to get is Windows 7. The other available OS options (Linux, Chrome, et al) aren't specifically supported by bootcamp, and are even less gaming-compatible than OSX. You have no reason to consider them.

    Windows 7 is a good OS and it's nice to have the option to use it, so it's not a bad thing to invest in. Software will be compatible with it for quite a while--I suspect it will be like XP in that regard, hard for Microsoft to move past. You will of course be compatible with all Windows games.
  3. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    Go on E-bay and look for an OEM copy of Windows 7 64bit in either "Home Premium" or "Professional" editions, whichever is cheaper (Professional has more bells and whistles, but there's no difference in terms of games). Make sure to buy from a reputable seller as you don't want a copy that's already been activated on another PC. If you can pay a bit more and get a retail boxed copy, that'll allow ou to transfer the licence onto another PC or Mac in the future, whereas OEM copies are fixed to one PC forever.

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