The Theft Protection

Myths and Facts About Identity Theft

Hey guys this is Austin. I had an idea. In October Windows XP will officially be 15
years old and it has had quite the life. Not only was it a big step up over the ancient
looking Windows 98 and ME but it remains one of the most popular OSes, running on around
7% of computers today. That got me thinking, could I build the ultimate Windows XP gaming PC? With
minimum requirements of a 233MHz Pentium it’s not exactly tough to run but the tricky
part are, well the parts. While official Microsoft support for XP ended in 2014 it’s actually
still fairly well supported by hardware companies today and that includes the AMD FX-9590. This
obscure CPU is actually still one of the fastest processors ever made even a few years later,
it’s essentially a highly binned FX-8300 eight core CPU that can clock up to a whopping
five gigahertz. With eight cores to work with even the fairly old Piledriver architecture
can wipe the floor with a lot of modern chips but the downside is that it’s power hungry.
That’s where the ASRock 990FX Killer motherboard comes in, not only is it one of the few boards
that can handle the kind of power the CPU needs but importantly it has drivers available.
The only key thing missing are Ethernet drivers for XP but that’s easy enough to get around
with a USB Wi-Fi adapter. The hardest part was actually finding a graphics card. Both
AMD and Nvidia stopped supporting XP years ago but luckily AMD did make a driver for
the Radeon R9 270X, one of the newest cards that will still work on XP. Another limitation
is memory, even though they later made a 64-bit version we’re using the standard 32-bit
edition of XP which tops out at four gigs of memory. One area where we have no problems
is with an SSD, a 256 gigabyte Crucial MX100 works just fine. The real question is how
does Windows XP run at five gigahertz? In a word: fast. Really fast. It’s nearly indistinguishable
from a modern OS when you add a fast CPU and SSD, there’s no delay in basic tasks and
even web browsing feels just as quick as anything else. Unfortunately most browsers no longer
support XP but Firefox is the exception for now but even so I wouldn’t really recommend
this as your main system. Considering XP hasn’t seen updates in two years and it wasn’t
exactly the most secure OS anyway the internet is a bit of a minefield when it comes to viruses.
Luckily most programs do still support XP like CPU-Z where you can see the 9590 is fully
recognized as well as all eight cores are showing up inside Task Manager. GPU-Z also
shows the R9 270X up and running no problem, the older drivers really aren’t much of
a problem either considering we’re limited to DirectX 9 games anyway. Speaking of there
are a fair few games that will work, older titles like the original Modern Warfare run
no problem on XP, no Infinite Warfare required. Far Cry 2 blew my mind back in the day and
it still looks decent eight years later, it’s even moderately taxing when you crank everything
up. Compared to Mirror’s Edge Catalyst the original might not be able to hold up but
it’s just as fun as ever and again looks decent. Moving on to a newer game we’ve
got the 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider which again looks and works fine on XP, being limited
to DX9 hurts a bit graphically but it’s no big deal. Of course no one is going to
do all of this just to play Tomb Raider. You’re going to do it to play the greatest game of
all time. Windows XP pinball pushes the hardware to the absolute limit with cutting edge 3D
graphics, intense sound effects and most importantly the ultimate way to waste time straight outta
2001. Another classic is Minesweeper, this might
not be quite as demanding but thanks to our eight core five gigahertz processor we’re
able to get it to just barely playable frame rates. So should you build the most overkill
Windows XP gaming rig of all time? Probably not, XP is best left to a virtual machine
or second partition but then again, the siren song of pinball is hard to resist. Smash that
like button if you guys enjoyed this look back and let me know in the comments below
what crazy PC build I should do next. Anyway guys thank you so much for watching and I
will catch you in the next one.

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