"Ono-Sendai": Custom assembled PC. Core2Duo E8400@3600, 2GB, GF8800GTS, 1.1TB HD, XP SP3
Main machine, used for pretty much anything including gaming. Heavily used for internet - therefore the name... ;-)
Crysis is playable with everything on "high" except the aircarrier boss fight but the truth is I play less & less classic PC games these days. I bought a PS3 this year and a DS Lite recently and I had the most fun this year with Flower, the first Professor Layton game and the now four year old Vampire - Bloodlines...
The DRM trend with PC games "phoning home" prevented me from buying several titles I had some interest in and while I have no problems playing older titles (with sub-par graphics) I don't like having to play a DX9 version when a DX10 version is out that looks better. Weird, I know...
Anyway, this rig won't get an OS or hardware upgrade until I'm positive that it supports the multi-channel sound of the venerable Thief games (via driver or whatnot).
"Swissknife": Bog-standard laptop. Core Duo T3400@2.16GHz, 4GB RAM, integrated Intel X4500 graphics on 15" display, 250GB HD, Vista 32-bit SP2
Not used for gaming but internet, databases & "development stuff". Won't be upgraded at all, stays like this until EOL.
"Idea": Acer Aspire iDea 500, Core Duo T2300, 1 GB RAM, integrated Intel GM4500 graphics via HDMI@FullHD, 1TB HD (upgraded from 250GB), twin DVB-T TV-tuners, low profile, XP MCE 2005 SP3
Used mainly as TV-recorder (Media Center 2005) and to bring "unrestricted" internet to a big TV (instead of limited "widgets"). Will be replaced sometime in 2010 when Germany finally offers lots of HD TV channels via satellite. Probably a Win7 system (thanks to sat tuner support in the media center) but I will definitely assemble it myself: This Acer turn-key system was so annoyingly loud (which I fixed), got a dead power supply after only three years (which I fixed, too) and it has many flaws that where discovered late after purchase that can't be circumvented at all.
So, all in all, I'm not too hot for Windows 7 and I'm grateful for all you early adopters and beta testers to help creating a bullet-proof version (SP1) for older people like me who simply want a working piece of software sometimes. ;-)
Given Windows history it's perfectly understandable for you and others to think this is the usual MS betaware, but really, for the first time, it isn't. For those motivated to already get it, shockingly it's good to go right out of the box. Even the RC is rock solid.
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.
Microsoft taps the 'Family Guy' to sell Windows 7: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10374323-56.html