I've never understood why people cling to Vista... Of all the OS's in the past 10+ years it surely warranted skipping. And if you did use it, it should have been ditched long ago. Windows 7 is a great performer, still supported and is a million times better than Vista.
The MONSTER HTPC:
CPU: AMD FX-8350.||.Cooler: Corsair H80i
MB: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7.||.RAM: 8 GB Mushkin Blackline DDR3 2000MHz (7-10-8-27-1T)
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932.||.PSU: Corsair HX750
GPU:Asus R9 270X DirectCU II TOP.||.Audio: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro w/ Logitech Z-5300e (5.1, 280W-RMS)
Drive: 2xMushkin Chronos 60GB RAID0.||.Storage: 8TB (4x500GB Caviar Black RAID0, 2TB Hitachi & 2x2TB Caviar Green)