So I started with the RC for Windows 7, and moved to 7 Enterprise when it went RTM.
I built up an AMD-based PC with 8GB of RAM, a 60GB solid state disk, and 4 320GB disks I had laying around crammed into a Raid 5 array. I also have a 9800GX2 in it, as well as an HDTV tuner card, and a few other goodies, including coaxial and optical digital input and outputs, using standard S/PDIF cables, unlike some other PC makers we've all heard of, and a Bluray ROM.
There are tons of great things about my PC, not the least of which is that it uses all industry-standard, commodity hardware, and it is all interoperable. I'm not locked into using any one small subset of hardware to maintain compatibility with the O/S. If something breaks, I can fix it myself in 5 minutes using something I had delivered overnight from Amazon or Newegg.
Windows 7 is all kinds of awesomeness. If I plug in a new piece of hardware, Windows Update just grabs the latest driver for it from the Internet and installs it. I don't have to do anything, and everything just works. Gone are the days of fussing with driver disks, driver downloads, and all that mess. GONE. BUT, I still have that option if it is necessary (for example if there is no internet connection available).
With the primary drive being an SSD, things happen pretty much instantaneously. I can store my massive media collection on traditional platter drives, but all the interactive stuff lives on ultra-fast FLASH. Seriously, an SSD increases interactive system performance by an order of magnitude at least - and even my modest hardware will run circles around anything that runs off of a platter drive when it comes to user interactivity.
I haven't had a crash since I started with the RC (with the exception of exceeding VNE once in X-Plane and tearing a wing skin off, but that's a different kind of crash). No application lockups. No hardware lockups. Here's the incomplete list of major applications.
- Electronics Workbench v10
- Pinnacle Studio Ultimate v11
- X-Plane v9
- QuickBooks Pro 2010
- Ubuntu Studio (Dualboot)
Freedom to Tinker
Freedom to Repair
Freedom to run anything I want on it
Can't beat that with a stick....
What's your PC love story?