just to get u lot started i'll give a few examples
to start win XP needs a "minimum" of a 300mhz cpu and 64Mb RAM you know this translates to a "real" minimum of about a 700-800mhz P3 and at least 128MB DDR or 256MB PC133 - and thats just for the OS! let alone seperate apps a lot of apps need TRIPLE the RAM needed for XP as they would for say 98SE take for example an app needing 32mb RAM in any OS...or almost...XP would demand a stupidly high 128MB!!!!
so just think to get a pc that runs smoothly with both games and normal work you would need a pc spec of about a 2Ghz+ Athlon XP with around 512MB DDR(333mhz preferably) but if you couldnt get that it would have to be a monstrous 1GB(maybe a little less) RAM and of course...win XP DEMANDS a mega fast HDD of say 7200rpm 8.2ms access time and a 2mb buffer(or more)
well i think thats a good start...let the ranting and raving begin from both sides!!
I can't find it in me to raise such passion over just an Operating System. It does it's job fine, and allows me to run the applictions I need, with a minimum of fuss and hassle. After all an OS doesn't actually DO anything!
do u lot ever stop an think jus 4 1 second...hang on...win xp is using LOTS more precius rsources that is actually needed to be used? i mean every1 could use 98SE still run all their normal programs and have much better driver releases etc. and only use a fraction of the resources thus meaning faster productivity better,faster gaming etc. i think ive made my point ;o)