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Building gaming computer (First time PC user) so what version of 7?

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November 29, 2011 3:03:46 AM

Hello, I'm a mac user that's building a PC for the first time so I can play games and I don't know what version of 7 to get. I want to get the 7 OEM but I'm not really sure what buying it fully entails. In the tumb-taked post it said that you can only have it on 1 computer at a time and that you get no support (I don't mean to put windows people down but after reading this I'm glad my primary computer is a mac). My PC build is $400 and I really don't want to spend another 200 just to get the OS. So... will the OEM work for me? Will I need windows support (I've installed Ubuntu on a PC before so I know generally how to install an OS)? What about switching out components? Can I switch out any component (including hard drive, CPU, and MOBO) without having to buy 7 OEM again? Generally, what I'm asking is, giving my situation what problems could I run into getting the OEM instead of throwing down 200 on the full version?

Thanks, any help would be great!
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November 29, 2011 3:29:56 AM

yes, windows is saved onto your Hard drive, you can swap out any parts, even the hard drive, just have to re-install windows. once you own the CD key it's yours, you can only have one CD key in use @ once so you cannot Key Share.
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November 29, 2011 3:38:00 AM

Can I switch out any component (including hard drive, CPU, and MOBO) without having to buy 7 OEM again? Generally, what I'm asking is, giving my situation what problems could I run into getting the OEM instead of throwing down 200 on the full version?


If u think that u will switch the mobo, it is possible to negotiate with MS if your mobo is fried, so u need a new one, other components are OK to change, like HDD's SSD's RAM audio card or video card.
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November 29, 2011 3:46:31 AM

Thanks everyone for the responses. I don't plan on swapping this MOBO for a while (at least 2 years). I also was reading that a lot of people will just activate their new MOBO by calling up Microsoft and telling them their first board is fried. It looks like a have a plan.
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November 29, 2011 3:50:49 AM

DavidJones47 said:
Thanks everyone for the responses. I don't plan on swapping this MOBO for a while (at least 2 years). I also was reading that a lot of people will just activate their new MOBO by calling up Microsoft and telling them their first board is fried. It looks like a have a plan.

You know DavidJones47, its the best to do the homework first, and be worry free.

Some people don't do that and they just get mad by making the wrong decisions.
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November 29, 2011 6:35:50 AM

Nikorr, yeah, good advise. I think one of my brothers has the windows home thing that can be on multiple computers so I'll see if that works otherwise I'm going to have to get the OEM because I just can't afford the other version.
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