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New system - $1,000 budget

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by Blades of Vanatar, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. Blades of Vanatar

    Blades of Vanatar Vanatar will rise again Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!)

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    Well, I splurged and bought this.... The wife hit for some extra cash on a scratch off this weekend, so I was able to add $600 more to my purchase,

    http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668417.php

    with a 21.5 inch Gateway monitor. I think I will be setup for a long time now.

    With Win 7, will I still be able to play alot of the older games that play on my XP system with no modifications? I am referring to BG/IWD series, Panzer/Allied General, etc...
     
  2. Merlanni

    Merlanni Veteran New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    Yes. with a 64 bit system you can play 32 bit games.

    Once you played modern games....
     
  3. Kitrax

    Kitrax Pantaloons are supposed to go where!?!?

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    @Rags - I don't like any "benchmark" that bases the final score off the *lowest* score. Hey M$, how about a weighted average score?!?! Your score would have still beaten mine because you have a Core2 Quad, but as it is...my score is only a 5.9, no thanks to my HDDs. :bad:

    Win7 has two different "Program Files" folders. The one named "Program Files (x86) is for 32-bit programs. I’m my preview thread of Win7's beta and RC1, I noted some incompatibility issues with BG and IWD...the issue was fixed by installing their expansion packs and the expansions' patches.

    Now that I think of it, I never tried to run either of those games under Win7's XP compatibility mode. :bad:
     
  4. Ragusa

    Ragusa Eternal Halfling Paladin Veteran

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    BoV, you too play Panzer General? :shake:
     
  5. Ziad

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    A 64-bit OS won't be able to run 16-bit programs, but that shouldn't be an issue as all the DOS-based ones will run fine in DOSBox anyway, and I can't think of any 16-bit Windows (3.0/3.1/9x) game that ran well in XP anyway.

    And call me retro, but after playing modern games I still find myself going back to old ones and screaming "Technology has moved forward, why could they do this 20 years ago but not now!" :D

    As far as I can tell this is just fluff. It makes absolutely no difference whether an application goes into this or that Program Files, or somewhere else for that matter. I'm using the 64-bit version of 7-zip and that installed in the x86 folder by default. Works like a charm. Actually come to think of it ALL programs/games install to x86 by default... I think the only stuff in the other one is what Windows placed there when it installed itself.
     
  6. Chandos the Red

    Chandos the Red This Wheel's on Fire

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    BoV - That is a very nice system. I think you will be happy with it for at least 4-5 years. Nice. :)
     
  7. Ragusa

    Ragusa Eternal Halfling Paladin Veteran

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    Then you have fast HDD - my score was 5.9 as well before I got my SSD. Anyway, to me the sub scores are interesting, not so much the final score.
    That worked for me in Windows 7 beta. Haven't run then them since I have my official Win 7.

    BoV,
    sweet machine. Good pick. Not as awesome as a personally assembled computer, but a good machine. Congrats.
     
  8. Chandos the Red

    Chandos the Red This Wheel's on Fire

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    I really don't care much for the Windows 7 "performance test," so I use this one, which I think does better:

    http://www.passmark.com/products/pt.htm

    You can download a free evalution for 30 days.
     
  9. Blades of Vanatar

    Blades of Vanatar Vanatar will rise again Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!)

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    Oh yes Rags, outside of RPG games, Panzer and Allied General are probably what I have played the most of in my life. The Russian Campaign in Allied General is quite the challenge. Panzer General is the 1st WWII game I played and still think that no other game has matched it's playability. Part 2 wasn't bad either. I also enjoyed the Steel Panthers. Strategic Simulations Inc. games will forever be a part of my gaming.
     
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