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PC Hardware for Windows 8


Ciara

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#1
Will there be any specific hardware needed for Windows 8 ? (eg) 64bit CPUs, Graphics Card, Sound Card, minimum RAM ? appreciate any advice :)
 

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A Guy

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#2
We just don't know. Anything stated would just be subjecture. A Guy
 

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Ciara

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#3
I see, thank you for your answer.
 

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A Guy

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#4
I would expect that, like Seven, Eight will need no special hardware. It will just have minimum specs, and it's likely would run on a PC that can run Seven. A Guy
 

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    Windows 10 Home x64
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    INTEL Core i5-750
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    ASUS P7P55D
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    KINGSTON HyperX Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866Mhz
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    EVGA GTX750
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    LG 27MP33HQ 32" IPS LED
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    Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB, 2 x SEAGATE 500GB Barracuda® 7200.12, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 16MB cache
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StalkeR

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#5
I also expect something like that.
 

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    Asus K55VJ
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 3210M
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    8GB DDR 3 1333
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    NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 2GB GDDR3
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    Onboard
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    1366 x 768
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    Toshiba MQ01ABD050
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    450W
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    Delux costumized...
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Ciara

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#6
Thats what I was hoping :D
 

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vrosa

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#7
Well, I guess it'll be the same Windows 7 minimum requirements. There's no reason for panic ...lol... :)
 
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    Windows 10.0.10122
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    My Build - Vorttex Ultimate
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    Core i7 @ 4500 MHz
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    ASUS Z87-Plus
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    32GB DDR3 @ 1822 MHz (OC)
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    Radeon R9 280X 3GB @ 1180 / 6800 MHz
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    7.1 HDA
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    LCD LG 22" + CRT LG 17"
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    1760 x 1320 / 1280 x 960
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    1 x 240 GB SSD (System)
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    ThermalTake 1000W PSU
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#8

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    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
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    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (G0 Kentsfield) LGA775 (FC-LGA6)
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    GIGABYTE GA-EP35C-DS3R (Rev. 2.1)
    Memory
    Corsair TW3X4G1333C9A 4GB PC-10600 (2x XMS3 2GB)
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    ASUS nVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (G92GT/D8P)
    Sound Card
    RealTek ALC885/889A/890
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    ChiMei CMV CT-730D 17inch (LCD Monitor)
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    1280-1024 60Hertz (Ture Colour 32bit)
    Hard Drives
    2x Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 160-GB Hard Drive ST3160815AS (AHCI)
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    SUPER FLOWER 500watt Plug in Leads 24pin ATX BLACK MODEL
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    Thermaltake Shark (VA7000SWA ATX) Full Tower
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    Front 120mm fan (1400 RPM) /Rear 120mm (1400 RPM) blue LED
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    Labtec Media Desktop Y-SAD65
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    Razer DeathAdder 3G Infrared Sensor (1800DPI)
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    Telstra BigPond Elite Liberty ADSL2+ 24Mbps/256kbps
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    ASUS PCE-N13 802.11n Wireless LAN card

Dave76

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#9
Those specs seem to be..ah...well....


Motherboard - Asus P5GC-MX Intel 945 chipset? I kinda like Gigabyte :confused:

Processor - Intel Dual Core? Might be a problem for tablets :cry:

RAM - 2 GB @ 1333 Mhz, so 1066MHZ isn't going to work :shock:

Hard drive - 250 GB, for an OS :huh:
Was hoping the OS would be smaller than that ;)

Optical Drive - 20x DVD Writer, Is this that floppy drive thing I heard about?

 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64
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    PC/Desktop
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    76~2.0
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3570K 4.6GHz
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X UD3H f18
    Memory
    8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 1600 CORSAIR Vengeance CL8 1.5v
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    Sapphire HD 7770 Vapor-X 1GB DDR5
    Sound Card
    Onboard VIA VT2021
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    22" LCD Dell SP2208WFP
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    1680x1050
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    Samaung 840Pro 128GB, Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 32mb, Seagate 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32mb,
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    Corsair HX650W
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    Cooler Master Storm Scout
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    Corsair H80 w/Noctua NF P12 12cm fan, case fans 2X14cm
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    Logitech Wave
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    CM Sentinel
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    Abysmal
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    Opera Next
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vrosa

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#10
Motherboard - Asus P5GC-MX Intel 945 chipset
Processor - Intel Dual Core
RAM - 2 GB @ 1333 Mhz
Hard drive -
250 GB
Optical Drive - 20x DVD Writer


It doesn't make sense. Any rig that can run Windows 7 smoothly will probably run Windows 8 too.
 

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    Windows 10.0.10122
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    My Build - Vorttex Ultimate
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    Core i7 @ 4500 MHz
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    ASUS Z87-Plus
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 @ 1822 MHz (OC)
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    Radeon R9 280X 3GB @ 1180 / 6800 MHz
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    7.1 HDA
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    LCD LG 22" + CRT LG 17"
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    1760 x 1320 / 1280 x 960
    Hard Drives
    1 x 240 GB SSD (System)
    3 x 500 GB HDD (Data/Media)
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    ThermalTake 1000W PSU
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    Corsair Carbide R300
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    Corsair H60 (Push-Pull)
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    Microsoft Wireless Keyboard
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    Microsoft Wireless Mouse
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    60 Mbps (Down) 5 Mbps (Up)
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ie9

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#11

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    Vostro
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    AMD Sempron 3600+
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    ATI Radeon Xpress 1150
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    1200 x 800
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    WD Scorpio Blue 500 GB

kpo6969

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#12

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
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    Black Shadow
    CPU
    i7-4790K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H
    Memory
    8GB Trident X 2400mhz cas9
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GTX 970 Strix
    Sound Card
    X-FI Extreme Music
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2412M
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    850 Pro 256GB / Vector 150 240GB / Evo 250GB
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    Seasonic SS-660XP2
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    Fractal Design R4
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    Noctua NH-U14S

Lebon14

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#13
Hmm... According to the rumor, the new UI will take 128MB of video RAM... taking that into considertaion

The following are3 purely made FOR FUN
On my main retail editions

Minimum : (x86 only)
Intel P4/AMD Athlon 1.5 GHz
2 GB of RAM
20 GB of HDD space
256 MB of dedicated Video Ram with DirectX 10 compliant card

Minimum : (x64)
AMD Athlonx64/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.5 GHz
2 GB of RAM
25 GB of HDD space
256 MB of dedicated Video Ram with DirectX 10 compliant card

Recommanded (x64)
Intel Core 2 Duo or Athlon x64 @ 1.7GHz
3GB of DDR2 RAM
[...]

I think most laptop and desktops must have this kind of configuration by now.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 Home Premium FR x64
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    Custom
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 950 3.06 GHz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X35A-UD3R
    Memory
    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 3x2GB 1333MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus nVidia GeForce GTX460 1GB Factory Overclocked
    Sound Card
    HT Omega Claro
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    Asus VW246H
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    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1x OCZ Vertex 2 90GB SSD, 1x Hitachi 7200RPM 500GB, 1x 1TB WD Green
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    Silverstone DA700 700W
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    Lian-Li Lancool PC-K62
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    Case : Stock, CPU : Cooler Master Hyper N520
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    Logitech Media Elite Keyboard
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    Logitech M510
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Joan Archer

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#14
The specs on my machine aren't too bad really although it did originally come with Vista, hubby's came with Windows 7 and he's got a 64 bit machine where mine is 32 bit.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/ Windows 8.1 64 bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Zoostorm/ Asus K55A Notebook
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2400 MHz
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    Foxconn 45CMX/45GMX/45CMX-K
    Memory
    2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM)/8GB DDR3
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    Intel Corp 82945G Integrated Graphics Controller
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    Onboard Realtek
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    Hanns.G HH221 22" Widescreen
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    1920 x 1080
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    ExcelStor (250GB)
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    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (UK)
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    Microsoft Optical Wheel Mouse
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    Just under 4MB download it's ADSL.
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PwnFrnzy

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#15
I'm going to have to buy a new computer if I plan on getting a copy of Windows 8 if the requirement speculations are true.
(Refer to my System Specs to see what I mean).
 

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  • OS
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    CYBERPOWER
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    AMD Athlon II x2 260 Regor 45nm
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    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. M4N68T-M-V2 (AM3)
    Memory
    4GB Dual Channel DDR3 @669Mhz (9-9-9-24)
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    ZOTAC NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 (1GB)
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    NVIDIA High Defenition Audio
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    Acer S231HLbid LED Monitor 23"
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    1920x1080 60Hz
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    977GB Hitachi SATA Hard Drive
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    SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze Modular Active PFC 80+ Bronze Certified
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    Cooler Master Elite Gaming Case Black 430
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    Stock AMD Athlon II x2 260 Fan & Heatsink
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    XTREME Gear USB Keyboard
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Bill2

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#16
MS'll have a hard time gettings folks to switch to 8 if they jack up hardware requirements. People are just getting used to 7 and many are on XP.
 

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#17
MS'll have a hard time gettings folks to switch to 8 if they jack up hardware requirements. People are just getting used to 7 and many are on XP.
Funny thing is everyone complained XP's requirements were too high when the specs for it were released.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 965
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth x58
    Memory
    12GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX770
    Sound Card
    ASUS Xonar DX 7.1
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2409W + Dell E207WFP
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080 + 1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB, Western Digital Caviar Black 750GB, Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
    PSU
    Corsair TX850 Modular 850w
    Case
    Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced Nvidia Edition
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9700 Nvidia Edition
    Keyboard
    Logitech G510s
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    Logitech G500s
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    40Mbps
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    Logitech X-530

Shadowjk

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#18
MS'll have a hard time gettings folks to switch to 8 if they jack up hardware requirements. People are just getting used to 7 and many are on XP.
But haven't Microsoft stopped the support for xp?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Foxconn H67MP-S/-V/H67MP (CPU 1)
    Memory
    8.0GB DDR3 @ 665MHz (2GBx4)
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series (Sapphire/PCPartner)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SMB1930NW + AOC 2243W
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900 + 1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    977GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA)
    250GB WD iSCSI attached drive
    PSU
    750W PSU
    Case
    Novatech Night
    Keyboard
    Dell Standard PS/2 Keyboard
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    R.A.T 7 Gaming Mouse
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    Google Chrome
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    Optiarc DVD RW AD-5260S ATA Device

kizo2703

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#19
But haven't Microsoft stopped the support for xp?
Yes, but for older versions! SP3 has support until 2014.

''Important notice for users of Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2): The support for your product ended July 13, 2010! To ensure that you will receive all important security updates for Windows you need to upgrade to Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) or later versions such as Windows 7.''

Microsoft Support
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro WMC, OS X Mavericks
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    Home made
    CPU
    i7 860
    Motherboard
    ASUS P7P55D-E
    Memory
    Corsair CMX8G3M2A1600C9D ,DDR3 ,8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 ,1 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2311H
    Hard Drives
    WD Caviar Black SATA 6.0 1TB x1 ,
    WD Caviar Blue 1TB x1
    WD Caviar Red 4TB
    PSU
    Corsair CMPSU-750TX
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    Logitech S510
    Mouse
    Logitech LX5

sof006

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#20
I highly doubt Microsoft would make the specs higher for Windows 8 (128MB graphics was previously required from Windows Vista and the current OS Windows 7) So thats no difference.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7/8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Packard Bell
    CPU
    AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-65 2.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Unknown. Its a laptop.
    Memory
    4GB, stock memory.
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATi Radeon HD3200 256MB + Hyper Memory
    Sound Card
    Conexant
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built on laptop lid. Tru-Bright.
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    TOSHIBA MK5065GSX ATA
    PSU
    Unknown
    Case
    Standard packard bell design
    Cooling
    Standard built in fan
    Keyboard
    Standard built in keyboard
    Mouse
    HP Mouse
    Internet Speed
    4mb - 428Kbps. Sky Unlimited 20Mb
    Other Info
    Insert interesting computer stuff here.

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