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Ant
25th January 2001, 15:06
OK folks I've not been gaming for a very long time so I've decided to get back into it. I'm building a new system that will be for games and games alone. The thing is which OS to use? It's a choice between Windows 98 SE, Windows ME or Windows 2000. All I'm bothered about is the best gaming performance nothing else. System will be as follows: Athlon 1GHz, 256MB RAM, G400 MAX.

dZeus
25th January 2001, 15:32
with the latest drivers I don't think there's much of a difference between Win9x and Win2k. Maybe Win9x is 1 - 10% faster in Direct3D, but that's about it...

Grail
25th January 2001, 15:33
I would say Win98SE or Win2K w/DX8. Depends on compatibility and how much pain you want(the Win9x kind of pain) really... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif Win2K works for almost all my games... Just not the older ones... But then again, I don't play those older games, so I don't care.

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Maggi
25th January 2001, 15:57
Hi Ant,

I would use the first edition of W98 and update all (bus-)drivers, BIOSes etc.

I had some strange happenings with SE, which made me switch back to SE.

I guess you know the usual stuff like swap partition, fixed swap and cache sizes et all ?

Cheers,
Maggi

Rags
25th January 2001, 16:24
I agree with The Maggi http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif win98, not SE, and let 'er rip.

Rags

Maggi
25th January 2001, 16:57
http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/tongue.gif ... couldn't resist, eh ? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif

Helevitia
25th January 2001, 18:47
I had a much more stable system with SE. So it looks like it depends on your hardware. BTW-I hate WinME, it is so screwed up(at least with my system). I am going to switch back to SE shortly. I haven't played any games yet with Win2k but it is definitely the most stable MS platform I've used. I think I might just have to install a game or two to see what it is like.

Dave

Gurm
25th January 2001, 19:00
My games all run. And never a blue screen. Ever.

And no matter what, my dual-cpu machine runs faster than a single, even with non-smp games.

'Course if you're talking about your EXISTING system with a single chip, it's a toss-up. I'd still take Win2k if it was me. I'll trade 5% performance loss for 500% increase in stability.

- Gurm

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Liquid Snake
25th January 2001, 19:50
I would agree with Gurm. I don't notice any real performance drop going from Win98 to Win2K. And, it is much more stable. The only blue screen I've had (Stop Error) is when I overclocked my CPU too much (my CPU can't take much overclocking http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/frown.gif) All my games run. My friend has noted problems with older games (such as DOS games), but it doesn't matter as long as you aren't looking to play old games.

DosFreak
25th January 2001, 23:49
Dual-boot if your really REALLy worried about it but 240 of my games work in Windows 2000 and 33 don't so I'm all good. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

And MOST DOS games work in 2000 just without sound (except for speaker) and without VESA.

Gurm
26th January 2001, 05:57
Funny, most of my DOS games that refuse to run in Win9x run flawlessly in Win2k. Some real golden oldies, too - like Bard's Tale, Castles, the original King's Quest series.

- Gurm

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rylan
26th January 2001, 06:17
I've had good luck with 98SE.. amazingly stable for a M$ product. :P

I didn't like 98 first edition.. had some major USB issues with it which were solved with SE.

Alec
26th January 2001, 07:29
Dare I say it??? Try Windows ME.

No, really, Itīs the best OS for my system after months of fiddling about with every one of them. Itīs not just a question of OS, but of system, too. My computer doesnīt play well with W2K and with Linux, for example. I canīt blame the quality of the components in my system, cause I chose them with a lot of thinking involved, and choosing quality over cheapness.
So, Ant, I guess the best way would be fiddling about to see whatīs best for your particular system, because itīs already been proved that every OS has its success stories.

Cheers
Alec

[This message has been edited by Alec (edited 26 January 2001).]

Twix
27th January 2001, 17:03
Hi Grail,

You mention that most of your games work with W2K and G400/DX8. I have been trying to run 'SWAT3: EE'. I only seem to be able to run it in software rendering mode. The options screen won't allow me to change to hardware. I wonder, have you run SWAT3:EE and did you have any success? Any ideas to improve the situation?

T.


<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Grail:
I would say Win98SE or Win2K w/DX8. Depends on compatibility and how much pain you want(the Win9x kind of pain) really... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif Win2K works for almost all my games... Just not the older ones... But then again, I don't play those older games, so I don't care.

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Tom
28th January 2001, 20:25
Windows ME ; no problems and all my games work great.

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Scytale
29th January 2001, 00:18
If you dual boot Win2K+DOS you got your ass very well covered.