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I have never built a PC before and i plan on doing so at the end of this year (Decided to wait for the new chipsets and CPUs). I am pretty sure I know how to do all the hardware installation, but installing the OS and RAID is where i got questions. Here they are.

1. Is it recommend to have a floppy drive when building a PC? Is it needed to install RAID drivers and such?
2. OEM vs Retail operating systems. I plan to buy windows vista home premium, would it be better to get the retail version so i can reuse it? Even though it costs a lot more.
3. I forget what it is called, i think it is boot priority or something. What order is the best for the HDD, floppy, and CD drive?
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I have never built a PC before and i plan on doing so at the end of this year (Decided to wait for the new chipsets and CPUs). I am pretty sure I know how to do all the hardware installation, but installing the OS and RAID is where i got questions. Here they are.

1. Is it recommend to have a floppy drive when building a PC? Is it needed to install RAID drivers and such?
2. OEM vs Retail operating systems. I plan to buy windows vista home premium, would it be better to get the retail version so i can reuse it? Even though it costs a lot more.
3. I forget what it is called, i think it is boot priority or something. What order is the best for the HDD, floppy, and CD drive?
1. It depends on the drivers. Newer ones usually are on CD but there are exceptions.
2. The OEM is half the price so if you reuse it at least once buy the RETAIL
3. floppy HDD CD-ROM usually
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1. shouldn't need a floppy nowadays.
2. OEM is just the same as retail except without the fancy packaging. The thing with oem is that the keycode is basically attached to your mobo, so you can activate it over and over as long as you have the same mobo.
3. when installing the OS you should set the boot order to have your cd rom first, then your hard drive.
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thanks guys!
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