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I'm going to be building my fist computer soon and need some advice on what i should be doing.

I am having a hard time sticking to one decision so here is what my dilema is...

First idea: I was originally going to buy the OEM version of windows 7 and put it on a HDD but read up about drive failures and took a step back. If the drive fails I cant put the OEM OS on a new drive so I would have to buy another copy and do it all over again right?

Second idea: Buy the retail version and put it on the HDD so I can transfer the product key onto a new drive if the first one fails.

Third idea: Get a SSD and the OEM windows 7 because SSD's are very reliable. Put the OS on the SSD for the boot then get a HDD for the data.


I figure that for the price of the third idea it would almost equate to the cost of the second idea. I'm sorry if my ideas are hard to follow, any input is greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 6
If you replace a hdd, you will be fine reinstalling the same copy of windows. Using a SSD for the OS plus a few programs and a HDD for the majority of the programs is pretty much what the majority of SSD users are doing.
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Okay thank you, Im probably going to go with the SSD for the boot and a few programs then the HDD for the data.
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SSD is the single most drastic upgrade you can have for 24/7 use. Once you have it you will not ever want to go back LOL

GPU's , CPU's & Memory are great but the each only really shine under extreme use or gaming. An SSD by contrast gives you performance that you can actually FEEL 100% of the time and not need a synthetic benchmark to enjoy the difference
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I recommend you a samsung spinpoint f3, i bought one and im very happy with it, no stuttering in games, fast load, etc
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has more space than a ssd ... and if you do raid 0 is even faster
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