Quote:Doesn't Windows 7 GPU acceleration still depend on an external player?
Not in Dharma. But the OP is running such a powerful machine that this probably wouldn't be an issue anyway.
If he already has Windows 7 running on the machine, why would anyone recommend that he install XBMC Live on a separate partition? He might encounter annoying installation problems, he'll give up the ability to watch Netflix or play Windows games without rebooting, and he won't see any substantial performance improvement within XBMC. The Windows version, on the other hand, is just a painless 2 minute install.
As I see it, XBMC Live is best suited for single-purpose, low-powered machines that would struggle to run XBMC with all the Windows bloat. But on a PC with these specs (it can run Crysis), Live actually puts a lot of that power to waste.