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Help Spec-ing a Windows Based System
Old 11-10-2006, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am in the process of specing out a windows based system for my home photography/videography business. Is there and advantage to Windows XP Pro over Media Center (operating systems) in this type of application?
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I don't think you'll have any advantage by getting Media Center vs XP Pro. The main things Media Center has that XP Pro doesn't are:

* Multi-tuner support (record two shows at the same time and watch another previously recorded show). This is only needed if you're using a TV tuner card and use the pc as a Tivo-like device.

* Support for digital and high-definition local TV. Again, only good if you've got a TV tuner.

The other things they tout (built-in CD and DVD burning, Windows Movie Maker, and Internet radio) are also available with XP Pro.

You're not going to really lose anything with Media Center, but for what you say you want to do, you're not going to really gain much either.
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Old 11-10-2006, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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XP Pro will be better especially if you are doing any networking as often happens since usually you will have an existing computer. Pro has better networking control. The ability to do remote access to other computers running XP is also quite useful from time to time.
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Re: Help Spec-ing a Windows Based System
Old 11-12-2006, 02:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the insight.

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You've got some good input, so I guess I'll mess with your mind ... you might want to wait until February and get a new system with Windows Vista installed on it. it's the next evolution in Windows-based operating systems. If you're leaning more toward high end video editing, you might check into getting an Avid system (Mac based).
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I hesitate to say this, but will anyway... The best machine to run Windows on might be a Macintosh. I'm bouncing back and forth between a Mac Pro desktop and the 24" iMac. It's a $1K difference, but the dual core 2 processors on the Pro are calling my name
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The systems that are selling now are being sold with a free up grade to vista in the spring.
I would like to have a Mac system, but I have too much invested in Windows software that I can't really make the change now. I was told to wait, because the Mac is not as efficient at running Windows software as it could be, and that programs like Photoshop would probably be cross platform soon.
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I'm actually talking about running Windows native on the Mac via Apple's boot camp software. Some benchmarks are putting the Mac Pro as one of the fastest native windows machines on the market due to the dual Core 2 processors and memory architecture.

Personally I prefer OS X to Windows, but I switched about two years ago after using Windows since version 3.1 (I'm an engineering manager by trade).
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Build yourself a nice 64-bit windows machine. Why drive 32 lanes of traffic when you can go 64 lanes. There are some software however that does not run very well on it. Adobe however runs very sweet on this machine. I built my 64 bit machine 2 years ago and it is sweet. You can run up to 6 gigs of ram too.

I am not sure how the whole intel duo core works or that much about it.

According to CNET http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10442_7...5.html?tag=btn
they state the the amd dual core chips are better, cheaper for those that are building their own computers.

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Build yourself a nice 64-bit windows machine. Why drive 32 lanes of traffic when you can go 64 lanes. There are some software however that does not run very well on it. Adobe however runs very sweet on this machine. I built my 64 bit machine 2 years ago and it is sweet. You can run up to 6 gigs of ram too.

I am not sure how the whole intel duo core works or that much about it.

According to CNET http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10442_7...5.html?tag=btn
they state the the amd dual core chips are better, cheaper for those that are building their own computers.

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Sorry Willie, but you're a generation behind as far as Intel core 2 duo chips are concerned. Not that there is anything wrong with the AMD family, it's just that they have been surpassed by the new Intel family. On top of that the Mac Pro has two of these dual core chips which run 64 bits at up to 3GHz.

There are other dual Core 2 Duo based machines out from other manufacturers, but I prefer the Apple machine.
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