Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?

Hi there,

I'm building a Sandy Bridge PC (my first build) with 8GB RAM, and i5-2500K CPU.

I'll be using it for work as well as playing games such as Crysis, Combat Arms and COD.

Microsoft offers a free legit copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 - instead of paying £80 for Windows 7.

I have a few questions though:

Will it work with games, will all software work just fine with it, and is it the same UI etc. as Windows 7?

Basically, is it Windows 7 + Server stuff that you can disable :) and should I go for it instead of 7 - bear in mind I'm a student on a tight budget :P

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  1. SVR08 is based off the NT 6.1 core aka Vista and yes you can turn it into a workstation :

    Now saying that, a lot of stuff may not work correctly on SVR if it does version checking.

    Personally, stick with Windows 7 (Pro), but try it, you get a grace period before you need to activate.
  2. windows vista = 6.0 = Windows 2008
    Windows 7 = 6.1 = windows 2008 R2

    I've been running R2 as a desktop for a while now and most software have noissues running on R2. I had 1 defrag program telling me that it couldnt run on a server version of the OS.

    So as mentionned try it with R2, install the desktop experience from the features.
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