Gaming the System
August 14, 2013 10:32 AM Subscribe
We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)?
posted by Diagonalize to computers & internet (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For years, my husband and I have had a dual OS home. For most things, we use our Mac laptops or iPad, but our Windows desktop has been invaluable for gaming purposes. But now our desktop is getting majorly creaky and husband has been itching for a new project, so he's thrown himself into building a fancy new gaming rig. We have most of our specs* nailed down, but the question of which OS to get has been a thorny one.
I don't love Windows, but in the past, it's been a necessary evil, so I'm imagining that it will continue to be in the future. Our previous box had Vista, which I hated with the burning of a thousand suns, but we mostly managed. Windows 8 promises improved efficiency, and I LOVE the idea of a faster boot up, but it really seems like an OS optimized for touch screens, a feature which seems unnecessary and exhausting for a regular desktop and isn't going to be relevant for nearly all the games we play. But we also don't want to be total Luddites and shoot ourselves in the future foot by opting for Windows 7.
We're planning to get a new monitor, and I'm happy to get a fancy touchscreen or trackpad if it will actually make our lives better in some way, but we mostly need a set-up that won't drive us crazy when gaming. In my experience, that's usually been a good old mouse and keyboard, but please feel free to convince me otherwise. I also like to use dual screens while gaming, and I'm not as eager to buy two touchscreen monitors when I still have a perfectly serviceable non-touchscreen in the wings.
Historically we've mostly played WoW and old-school adventure games on the desktop, but there's a considerable chance that as game-oriented geeks, we'll end up trying lots of random games and programs over the lifetime of the computer, even if it doesn't end up being our primary one.
*Samsung Pro 840 256GB SSD
Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM