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Win 7 home or pro?

I Am building my first PC for gaming, This is what i've ordered:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3gBo8
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3gBo8/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3gBo8/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.00 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.99 @ Mwave)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $683.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-26 00:41 EDT-0400)

My last step is deciding on my OS. I will be using this PC for Diablo 2 & 3, SC 1&2, and if they are compatible some older games i used to play. I mostly just want to know if its worth spending the extra money for the pro version or not.
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More about win home pro
  1. pro. home has a 16gig ram limit.
  2. daswilhelm said:
    pro. home has a 16gig ram limit.



    If i have no intent on putting more than 16 GB of RAM in my system would it really make a difference?
  3. Windows 7 Home Basic = 8GB Max
    Windows 7 Home Premium = 16GB Max
    Windows 7 Professional = 192GB Max

    If you don't need to join a domain or want to run more than 16GB of RAM then save the money and go with Home Premium.
  4. Best answer
    Windows 7 Home Premium
    This edition targets your average consumer, that look for things like Windows Media Center, Windows Aero, and multi-touch support. You can only upgrade up to 16GB or RAM.

    Windows 7 Professional
    This edition targets enthusiasts and small-business users. It includes all of Home Premiums features plus the ability to participate in a Windows Server Domain. The supported RAM reaches 192GB. You can operate as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, backup to a network location, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies and Windows XP Mode.
  5. Chiisu said:
    ....
    Windows 7 Professional
    This edition targets enthusiasts and small-business users. It includes all of Home Premiums features plus the ability to participate in a Windows Server Domain. The supported RAM reaches 192GB. You can operate as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, backup to a network location, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies....

    All things a gaming machine does not need.

    Quote:
    ....and Windows XP Mode.

    Covered nicely by VirtualBox, VMware, and a Windows XP installation CD.
  6. so it seems if all ill be using this PC for is gaming with Diablo 3 and SC2 and some older games then home premium would be just fine for me
  7. Absolutely
  8. Awesome thanks for the Help!
  9. Slee1324 said:
    daswilhelm said:
    pro. home has a 16gig ram limit.



    If i have no intent on putting more than 16 GB of RAM in my system would it really make a difference?


    who knows what the future holds?
  10. daswilhelm said:
    Slee1324 said:
    daswilhelm said:
    pro. home has a 16gig ram limit.



    If i have no intent on putting more than 16 GB of RAM in my system would it really make a difference?


    who knows what the future holds?


    I agree daswilhelm, one day the norm amount of ram may very well be 32, 64, 192GB. Of coarse we can not fathom (or can we) as to why we would be need that much.

    Quote:
    Chiisu said:
    ....
    Windows 7 Professional
    This edition targets enthusiasts and small-business users. It includes all of Home Premiums features plus the ability to participate in a Windows Server Domain. The supported RAM reaches 192GB. You can operate as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, backup to a network location, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies....

    All things a gaming machine does not need.

    Quote:
    ....and Windows XP Mode.

    Covered nicely by VirtualBox, VMware, and a Windows XP installation CD.


    I agree ex_bubblehead none of those are required of a gaming machine. Also can you run xp games through VirtualBox, VMware? I have oblivion xp version and would like to play it.
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