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04-21-2012 12:48 AM #1
I have a new system that is pretty stable now. All Asus MBs and video. It's a Core i3 processor. Dual core, hyprethreaded to show 4 CPUs.
I can upgrade on this MB to i5 or i7. If I would... Does it change my WindowsTM setup? Can I just swap chips and just boot up like it's tomorrow?
04-23-2012 08:30 AM #2
04-27-2012 11:59 PM #3
05-01-2012 12:42 PM #4
The cpu shouldn't be a problem, but our new bottleneck will be memory. Your 32 bit XP can only address ~3GB RAM.
So it will all work fine, but you won't get the performance gain you expect because most i7 machines are 64 bit Windows 7 and 6 GB RAM.
05-03-2012 12:49 AM #5
And I HATE learning a new OS! But... if I upgraded the CPU then I'd buy a buttload of RAM and get the new windows.
Side question... how is 64-bit Windows at playing old games? Some of them REALLY old... like '90's. Is there a 32-bit compatible app?
05-03-2012 10:44 AM #6
If you meant DOS games, I recommend using Dos Box. It's a kick-ass, perfect emulator. I use it to play X-Com UFO Defense all the time.
Also, if you want to play the classics, I recommend going to GOG.Com, all of their games have special emulation to run perfectly in Windows 7. They have a robust library of titles, too.
05-03-2012 11:53 PM #7
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05-07-2012 01:22 PM #12
Windows 7 is to XP what OSX was to...well...Windows XP. Its definitely worth upgrading.
Civ 5 (and 4 in its own right) are surprisingly resource intensive. I am still playing Civ 4 because the Mac version of Civ 5 is brutally slow. And honesty, Civ 4 is still more fun
05-08-2012 12:52 AM #13
05-08-2012 01:00 AM #14
And I still prefer IV to V too! IV is the latest greatest iteration from Sid! I just wish they'd get Elvis back into the game...
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05-08-2012 08:47 PM #15