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Buying a pc with no OS, is it easy to put windows on 120gb SSD

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August 27, 2014 11:35:54 AM

I am buying my first computer over 300 pounds (this one is around 600) and I can't afford the 78 pound price for the OS that the custom PC builder online asks, so I am going to buy it for around 40 pounds on ebay and install it myself. Is this easy to do? I am getting a 120gb
ssd and no drive- will this be enough space to load the operating system onto?
Thanks for any help given

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August 27, 2014 11:38:38 AM

I'm not sure I'd trust Windows from eBay. It's probable that it has been used in another PC and you won't be able to activate it meaning it will disable itself in 30 days. If you are a student or work at a university (or know anyone who does) you can get Windows 8.1 Pro for £45 from the Microsoft Student store. It's what I did and is perfectly legit :) 
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August 27, 2014 11:41:05 AM

I would not buy Windows from Ebay either.

You will need another drive. That 120gb SSd will be full before you know it. you need to leave it 20% open space too.
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August 27, 2014 11:43:16 AM

Really useful, thanks. What is the minimum SSD size you would reccommend then? I am planning on installing a new 1tb hard drive when I get the computer myself. Or do you think I should just ignore the ssd altogether if I can't afford to go big?
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August 27, 2014 11:45:02 AM

plywrlw said:
I'm not sure I'd trust Windows from eBay. It's probable that it has been used in another PC and you won't be able to activate it meaning it will disable itself in 30 days. If you are a student or work at a university (or know anyone who does) you can get Windows 8.1 Pro for £45 from the Microsoft Student store. It's what I did and is perfectly legit :) 


This is great advice actually as my sister is at uni so I will ask her!! Thanks. I will prob go for windows 7 though as the reviews I've read seem quite anti- w8
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August 27, 2014 11:45:06 AM

120gb is the smallest SSD I ever recommend. Anything smaller and forget it and just get a normal HDD.

Win8.1 is better than 7. It just is. Anyone who still claims otherwise is stubborn or ignorant. Nothing about 7 is faster than 8.1
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August 27, 2014 11:47:03 AM

If you're careful about not installing too many things on the SSD then you'll be OK with 120Gb if you buy a separate, larger HDD too. Personally I think 240-250Gb is a nice SSD size but many, many people have disagreed with me too so take it with a pinch of salt as many people seem happy with 120Gb!
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August 27, 2014 11:51:54 AM

plywrlw said:
If you're careful about not installing too many things on the SSD then you'll be OK with 120Gb if you buy a separate, larger HDD too. Personally I think 240-250Gb is a nice SSD size but many, many people have disagreed with me too so take it with a pinch of salt as many people seem happy with 120Gb!


Thanks for the advice, genuinely appreciate someone taking the time to answer me. Will go for the Corsair 256gb now I think, esp if I'm able to save money if my sister sorts me an OS :) 

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August 27, 2014 12:00:46 PM

I also purchased my copy of Windows as a student. GREAT deals.
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