[QUOTE=Whappo;2184196]For what you say you need it for I would focus more on the hardware.
Do you already have an OS or are you looking to buy? Are the software packages you intend to use 64bit? If they are then that should be a consideration in chosing an OS. As for Vista vs. XP have you used either or both? Are you more comfortable with one or the other? As for performance differences you probably won’t notice anything drastic.
Windows 7 will supposedly ship sometime in '09, you might want to hold off on purchasing Vista. I’ve used both (plus a few other OS’s) and would recommend XP pro now and seriously take a look a Windows 7 when it’s released. This is only my opinion, but as I stated above, the hardware should be your main consideration.[/QUOTE]
right now & for the last few years I have been using my familys Dell PC with a pentium 4 processor with windows XP home edition service pack 2. so this is what I am the most familiar with, but would like to get my own PC/computer, the one I am on now is a bit too slow for what I need. I have very breifly used windows vista when looking at laptops, computers in stores, but not extensive use of it. I think most of my software I have installed on the windows XP machine, (which is what I will put when I get my own machine,) is 32 bit, but absolutely sure.
I need a machine & parts that will be fast, [U]reliable [/U]& powerful, as I do video editing of peoples home movies, & something that will accommodate high definition video formats, as this seems to be the wave of the future, dont want to put something together that will be too slow & unreliable in the future.
right now I work with standard def video, specifically mpg movie clips from my point & shoot digicam. I had been using roxio easy media creator 7.0 with the windows XP machine & it became impossible to do because it did not encode the video right, would get video & audio out of sync. I cannot have these kinds of problems when someone is paying me to edit their home movies.
I use various photo programs, Adobe photoshop, a good video editor, I am on the lookout, since roxio has proved unreliable, microsoft expression media,downloader pro, & other photo programs.
I just looked at windows 7 online & I wonder if my windows XP, windows vista software will work on windows 7. If I go for windows 7 I dont want my software to be obsolete & not work with it.