Microsoft Dropping Three App limit from Windows 7 Starter Edition

"It now appears that after backing the decision to release a three application limited version that Microsoft has reconsidered and opted to remove it completely."

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Microsoft Dropping Three App limit from Windows 7 Starter Edition
 
Anyone that has been closely following the progress of Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7 will know that the plan was to release a Starter Edition that was limited to running only three applications simultaneously, thus greatly reducing the cost of the operating system compared with the other less restricted Editions.
 
It now looks like Microsoft has reconsidered this severely crippled version of the operating system and instead is planning on removing the application limit completely according to Paul Thurrott at SuperSite. This is good news for netbook users who either plan on buying the operating system as an upgrade, or those wishing to purchase a netbook with the operating system pre-installed. The only thing to hold you back now will be the speed of your hardware and what you can fit on your screen at any given time.
 
The question now is - How do they intend on encouraging users to buy the pricier Home and Premium versions? We may see a number of changes throughout all the Editions to reflect this sudden change of heart on the Starter Edition, but no more information is available at this time.
 
 
Are you happy to see the application limit removed completely, or did you think it served a purpose? Discuss in our Forums.
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19-05-2009, 18:57:43

Kr4t0z
Hello, I'm planning to upgrade my computer, here are the specs:

RAM: OCZ 6GB DDR3 1600MHz/PC3-12800 Platinum Triple Channel CL7

Mobo: Asus Deluxe V2 X58

Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66

PSU: OCZ StealthXStream 700W or GamerXStream 850W (not sure,needhelp!)

GFX: 8800GT 1GB (Already having the 512mb, so will use dual)

- for such a system, do i really need 850W or 700W is quite enough? i'll be getting the i7 D0 stepping cpu, so i'll overclock it with the ram as well.

- one more question, if i plan to get the GTX 260, can i SLI it with the 8800gt

Thanks!

19-05-2009, 19:07:29

AntiHeroUK
First of all, Welcome to :oc3d:

That's a nice system you are building there mate. 700W is easily enough to power the hardware you have listed, either with single or dual 8800 GT's. As for SLIing a GTX260 and an 8800GT, unfortunately it's not possible as both cards must be the same model.

20-05-2009, 04:13:29

Kr4t0z
thanks for replying, highly appreciated!!

20-05-2009, 05:44:40

d1abl0
use this link to calculate how many watts you need your PSU to be

http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp

20-05-2009, 12:08:25

limpkorn
Although you can't SLI an 8800GT and a GTX260 you can always add your GTX260 as your primary GPU and let the 8800GT destroy physx processes as your physx processing card. This is not something that's used by all games, but little by little more and more games are using physx in their games so it should become more valuable as time goes by.

Now although 700 watts should be enought to power your setup and even a GTX260 along with an 8800GT you still need to consider the amperage the PSU can output. Please post which 700watt PSu your referring to so you can be sure it will be enough for the long haul.

To check that you would need to see how much amparage the +12v rail/s can output and match that up to the current requirements for such a setup. As for a core i7 with a gtx260 you would probably need around 40-45 amps after your overclock of the CPU, but that's just my rough estimate.

20-05-2009, 12:11:22

Rastalovich

Although you can't SLI an 8800GT and a GTX260 you can always add your GTX260 as your primary GPU and let the 8800GT destroy physx processes as your physx processing card. This is not something that's used by all games, but little by little more and more games are using physx in their games so it should become more valuable as time goes by.



Often wondered why some people have bought a 260 and kept the 8800gt for physx.

Seemed logical to me that perhaps they sell the 8800gt and spend that extra cash on a 280+ ?

20-05-2009, 13:12:21

limpkorn

Often wondered why some people have bought a 260 and kept the 8800gt for physx.

Seemed logical to me that perhaps they sell the 8800gt and spend that extra cash on a 280+ ?



Yeah, that's true it would be better to have a single more powerful card, but if you don't want to hassle with selling the card or you already have made the purchase of a GTX260 the 8800GT as physx is not a bad idea and better then sitting away collecting dust.
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