gt; > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/evaluate/hardware/vistahardware.mspx
As a general guideline, just about any mid-range and better processor
shipping from Intel or AMD is a good fit for basic functionality in Windows
Vista. The lower end of the current processor range will work, but those
processors wont provide the optimal experience for most users and definitely
wont provide the best experience for high-end gaming or video editing.
Both Intel and AMD are starting to ship dual-core processors at the upper
end of their processor lines. These powerful processors will be excellent
choices for Windows Vista.
To take better advantage of Windows Vista functionality, you should have at
least 512 MB of RAM, on your PC. This provides enough memory for both the
operating system and a typical application workload. And while 512 MB is
great for many scenarios, more advanced users will want 1 GB of memory or
more. If your typical workload is heavy, you do a lot of image editing or
development, or you run multiple applications all the time, then more memory
is good. In general, an investment in additional memory is wise, and you
should certainly make sure that the computer you buy has room to add
additional memory later.
The new graphics capabilities in Windows Vista will require support for
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM), if you want to take full advantage of
all the new and cool stuff, such as the new AERO Glass look. While more
information about specific video cards will come later, some general rules
can prepare you for getting the most out of Windows Vista.
If you are building or buying PC today, you probably want to avoid the low
end of the current GPU range and make sure you get a GPU that supports
DirectX 9 and has at least 64 MB of graphics memory.
Whether you are building or buying a PC today, choose a design that includes
a separate PCI Express or AGP graphics card. This way, even if the card you
choose ends up not being an optimal choice, you can easily upgrade just the
graphics card. And the choice of AGP or PCI Express will ensure that you
have sufficient bandwidth to support the enhanced graphics of Windows Vista.
If you choose a system today that has integrated graphics, look at the
specific chipsets that are targeted to support WDDM, such as Intel's 945G
express chipset or ATI's RS400 or RS480 family chipsets. You may also want
to consider dual channel UMA solutions and 1 GB of system memory.
When choosing a notebook today for use in Windows Vista, you may run into
the trade-off between better graphics or thinner and lighter ultra
portables. Exactly which chipsets for mobile PCs will end up fully supported
is still open at this point. However, if you are purchasing a mobile PC
today, and want to get AERO Glass experience, you will need a discrete card.
When buying a notebook today, ask your PC vendor for more concrete
information regarding graphics cards that would support WDDM.
Whether you choose desktop or mobile configuration today, not all graphics
cards will have in-box drivers in beta 1. Note that, to get the AERO Glass
look with beta 1 of Windows Vista today, your system will need discrete
cards. However, you should be able to get AERO Glass on systems with
advanced integrated graphics choices with the later builds of Windows Vista.
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