Wait for windows 8 or get new computer now?

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    Nov 21, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    I was checking black friday deals and a little tempted to get a new computer. But, I know windows 8 is coming out in like 4-5 months. Also, isn't there some new fancy ATI graphics card coming out soon? So, forget blackfriday and wait?
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    Nov 21, 2011 8:17 PM GMT
    My suggestion to you will depend on how much of tech head you are with PCs, and what you use your PC for generally.

    If you are comfortable working with RegEdit and fine-tuning processes, AND the machine is mostly for gaming, a media centre, or basic internetting, sit out a few more months and get your system built with Win8.

    If you are using it for business, or are of average proficiency with modding your OS, get one on sale with Win7 (get it with Home Premium at the very least) and updated with SP1 (Service Pack 1).

    I believe SP2 will be out early to mid 2012.

    For most users, I recommend waiting until an Windows OS of any generation has released its second service pack; this means that most of the critical OS bugs and security issues have been patched and the OS is quite stable.

    Windows has in the past had a way of releasing OSes that are in reality closer to being very late beta/release candidates by many software development standards of measure.
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    Nov 21, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    Not to hijack, but doesn't windows 8 pretty much turn the ui of your computer into one resembling a smartphone's?
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    Nov 21, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
    Windows 8 will run fine on any PC that today supports Windows 7. You'll always have the option to upgrad the OS later, but the hardware will be fine. As for the UI, I can't wait for it. I currently have a new Windows Phone and love the new live tiles. At this point I could never go back to antiquated static icons. So 90's....
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    Nov 21, 2011 10:39 PM GMT
    ^it's fine. I am currently running windows XP on a 2.8 Ghz pentium D sony VAIO. These operating systems come out so fast so I have no clue what i missed with vista and 7.




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    Nov 21, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    I don't like the new Windows UI, looks too smart phone operating systemish. Be great if I had a touchscreen but not so hot with a standard laptop.

    Then again, it's supposed to boot ultra fast and MS usually improves the speed/reliability with each OS upgrade so it might be worth it just for that.
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    Nov 22, 2011 1:12 AM GMT
    Seems like its really user friendly but I really hope there will be a standard mode.
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    Nov 22, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    That's an easy call today after Thailand, the epicenter of hard drive production for this planet, suffered severe flooding.

    If your PC or laptop is on life support, I would think twice about waiting until Black Friday to replace it.

    When the current stock of hard drives is sold out, I'm not going to bet on how quickly it will be replentished. It may be easier to switch to a flash drive (no moving parts) as those can be assembled anywhere qualified to assemble the rest of the machine.

    http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2011/11/21/thai_flood_prices/
    http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2011/11/10/goldman_lowers_pc_sales_outlook/


    The key driver for Windows 7 has been the motherboard memory speed, the graphics card power. I believe Windows8 will have an easy upgrade path from existing Windows7 machines as the market does not want people to let Win7 boxes pile up while waiting for Win8.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8#Hardware_requirements

    What may put a glitch in this pursuit of more power is the market is now focusing on lower horespower requirements for battery-powered devices (pads/phones) running a different kind of chip from ARM technologies, not Intel.

    Have fun.

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    Nov 22, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    Do you realize that Windows is an operating system, not a computer?


    Get a computer when you want a computer.. get an operating system when it comes out.