I'm going to be getting a new system, mostly for gaming (specifically, I play WoW)
My laptop (where I game on now) has Windows 8.1, and I hate it. I tend to multi-task a lot and switching between the game and other apps for some reason is really bad on Windows 8 (it takes forever for the start menu to load for example). I got so fed up I installed "Start is back" to make it look like Windows 7 (and it runs better actually)
So now the dilemma is the new system I'm building out... I don't know what to do. Windows 7 will actually save me money on a custom system since I have a license for it from my old TechNet subscription so I can order the system with no OS...
But I remember hearing how much better performing Windows 8 is (when Windows 8 was first coming out). I just haven't felt that first hand and I don't know how accurate that is.
Whatever system I get now I'll likely keep for the next 3-5 years, so that is also a consideration (according to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle
, Windows 7 end of mainstream support is this month, with extended support ending in 2020)
So common sense says to get Windows 8.1... but I just don't feel the love.
Any feedback on actual performance for gaming and advice in general?