Getting Ready For Vista Ultimate
Posted on 16th March, 2007
Sooner or later I’ll have to upgrade my operating system to Microsoft’s latest OS – Windows Vista. As a software developer it’s important for me to ensure that all my software are compatible with this latest operating system.
I also love to get my hands on this sparkling new OS and experience the striking eye candy together with all its new features.
So in anticipation to this move, I’ve decided to upgrade my computer’s hardware one at a time. Today I’ve added a pair of 1GB Kingston 667 RAM into the empty memory slots on my motherboard, upping my total RAM from 1 GB to 3 GB.
A 1 GB Kingston costs around RM270+ in KK, but I managed to get it for RM240 from Mid Valley in KL by asking my sister to buy it for me when she was there recently.
I could have waited for a few months for the price to go down further but if I choose to do that, I might just as well wait until next year but what’s the point? I’ve waited long enough and the cost of RAM now days is quite cheap already.
With 3GB on board, I immediately noticed a significant improvement in performance especially while running CPU intensive applications.
It’s like a breath of fresh air really.
Now I can run Norton Internet Security full system scan along side disk defragmentation and still able to continue working with several office apps and surf the web via multiple tabs browsing without any noticeable slow down.
Next to be replaced will be my graphic card. There’s nothing wrong with it – except that it’s getting less impressive performance wise compare to the latest crop of graphic cards.
I would like to have the best card I can afford. I am currently using a 128MB Radeon X800 SE.
My computer was like a state of the art when it was purchased it in 2004. I just hope my 3.2 GHz P4 processor could handle Vista Ultimate without the urgent need to upgrade to a beefier dual core processor. I know it could but most would recommend running Vista on a system equipped with a dual core processor.
My only concern after the upgrade would be hardware and software compatibility issues. Security wise, it’s still early to tell if Vista is really as secure as Microsoft would like us to believe.
In the mean time I’ll go ahead upgrading my hardware and enjoy the improvement in performance before taking the plunge later.
Have you upgraded or currently using Windows Vista? Feel free to share your experience in the comment section.