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Vista, is it really worth it?

By Dave the Computer Guy ·
Ok so I have to say I?ve been reading all the articles on Vista. I see all the visual improvement and hear about all the security enhancements and I have to ask myself is it really worth it?

First off there are these really cool new window effects. Ok I have to say they look very cool. But from what I?ve been reading I?ll need a 256 Meg video card just to use them. Then if this is the case how are my games going to react? If I need a 256 Meg video card for a game I?m trying to play do I then need a 512 card to accommodate both my game and windows? Or am I going to have to drop my windows display into a lower mode every time I want to do something graphical?

Then there are all these comments about how secure Vista will be. I?m sorry it?s a Microsoft operating system and I don?t care how secure they make it some one is going to crack it. Then I read about how the new Windows Defender will help block Spyware and prevent viruses. Well I have a Antivirus / Firewall / Spyware removal software that works just fine for that now.

Finally what version of the new Windows will I buy? There are seven to choose from and the question then becomes how expensive is this venture going to be?

Don?t get me wrong, I?m not going to just ship to Linux (though I thought about it). I like windows; I just wish Microsoft would take the time and produce something original. Even the new Windows effects look just like a combination of the new Mac OS and an OS by Sun called project looking glass.

I guess I?d like to hear other people?s opinions on Vista and see if I'm just a radical or if others agree.

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by thestorys In reply to Vista, is it really worth ...

I agree with many comments here.
The bottom line is. Microsoft needs to make more we all get another unneeded upgrade shoved down our throats. It is the same old story. Looks like eventually we would get tired of it.

I have grown tired of it and looked at Linux and we are starting to use it for some things. It does still have a way to go.

Let's face it, Microsoft makes things easier to get going and more user friendly than their competitors and that is why they are where they are. I am hoping that the Linux community will learn a few lessons from what Microsoft is doing right and continue to take a really great product and improve it more and more such that it will be a really great alternative.

I still use Office 97 at home. It does everything I need to do, but eventually I'll be forced to upgrade to a bloated newer version that I don't like as well and for no reason other than to $end more money to M$.

Open Office looks nice but who wants to take the time to relearn everything. Let's face it, most of us are MS addicts and kicking the habit is hard.

I too wish MS would support older things longer and not just create a new OS, just to be doing it, and not force it upon everyone.

My 2 cents.

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Graphics Cards>

by yinbig In reply to Vista, is it really worth ...

People, alot of people spend 300-400 on a graphics cards for your games, just to get the latest release / effects. So why then when an OS decides to do the same you are up in arms?

Plus this high end will enable all entry level PC's that run Vista being shipped with decent graphic options, no?

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What the?

by jmgarvin In reply to Graphics Cards>

Wait...lemme get this straight:

You are saying that since the OS required more resources that it will make games better?

You are also saying that better graphics cards will be shipped with new computers...for free...just to run Vista?

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It makes perfect sense.

by nighthawk808 In reply to What the?

A Hummer H2 is a huge vehicle, so that means it's a better car, doesn't it? Ergo, Vista will be better because it has more code and has insane hardware recommendations. And who wouldn't want to drop $500 on a video card so they can run Microsoft Word with decent frame rates? Have you ever tried fragging typos with a mere GeForce 6800GS? It's not for the timid, let me tell you.

But don't discourage him, jmgarvin. I've already got my road to riches already laid out, and if people start waking up to this, it won't work. Here goes: the day before Vista finally ships, I'm buying as much stock in ATI and nVidia as I can. I figure that if I start saving now, by Vista's 2018 ship date I should be able to afford a few thousand shares of each.

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A $35 video card

by Michael L Hereid Sr In reply to It makes perfect sense.

Will run Areo Glass. All that's needed is 64 to 256 meg of video memory-Directx 9 compatible-so your get rich idea won't work.

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Yes, but...

by nighthawk808 In reply to A $35 video card

A $300 clunker of a car whose bumper is held on with baling wire and burns a quart of oil a week will get you to the grocery store and back, but that doesn't mean it will do it well.

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By the way here is a card I'm using

by Michael L Hereid Sr In reply to A $35 video card
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I own that piece of crap

by jmgarvin In reply to By the way here is a card ...

I have to say not only does that card stink on ice, but its performance is questionable.

While I do play WoW, I sometimes do get funky graphical hickups...I also sometime get freaky artifacts in X.

Sure it's a video card, but it's a Pinto...Areo might catch it on fire.

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Well for methe card is very good

by Michael L Hereid Sr In reply to I own that piece of crap

but then the only game I play is Chess or watch TV/DVD movies and it works very good for me. It also works great with Aero Glass in Vista. Also if you check with Windows Catalog, you would have learned that
EVGA e-GeForce FX 5200 Light - graphics adapter - GF FX 5200 - 128 MB
has the designed for Windows XP logo from MS.
As I ssaid it works very good for me.

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by nighthawk808 In reply to I own that piece of crap

An eVGA? And I thought I was slumming it when I bought a PNY. I don't feel so bad now.

jmgarvin, I'm surprised you bought an FX anything. IIRC (and correct me if I don't), isn't the FX, like the MX series before them, just a regular GeForce GPU minus all the whiz-bang things that make them actually nice processors? Kind of like the graphics equivalent of the Intel Celeron: rip out all the useful stuff since it's expensive to manufacture and then sell a dirt-cheap skeleton of a chip.

Anyway, on to the thing that led me to post: Mr. Hereid mentioned the "Designed for Windows XP" logo on the box of his card. Next to me, I just happened to have the box for a PNY GeForce 6200 I got a couple of weeks ago (I've been too lazy to take it down to the basement and throw it on the heap of old, dusty boxes). I picked it up and searched all over it for the logo, but it's nowhere to be found. I could care less since the card is in a Linux machine, but I find that kind of odd. Adding to the mystery, it is obviously designed to be used in Windows, as there are two screenshots from The Sims 2 on the back.

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