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Poll Results: What OS would you buy

 
  • 25% (3)
    Retail version
  • 75% (9)
    OEM version
12 Total Votes  
post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
If you built a new PC and wanted windows vista on it, would you buy OEM or Retail?
McLovin
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Crucial M4 64Gb/WD Caviar Black 1Tb Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 2053BW Corsair AX850W 
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McLovin
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Crucial M4 64Gb/WD Caviar Black 1Tb Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 2053BW Corsair AX850W 
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post #2 of 12
Save money, & lose the fancy box buddy
Under-Utilized
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3570K Z77-D3H XFX RX480 RS Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HyperX 3K 120GB 3TB Storage Hyper 212 Plus Windows 10 
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24" CFG70  SideWinder X6 550 Watt Logitech G602 
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Under-Utilized
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3570K Z77-D3H XFX RX480 RS Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
HyperX 3K 120GB 3TB Storage Hyper 212 Plus Windows 10 
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24" CFG70  SideWinder X6 550 Watt Logitech G602 
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post #3 of 12
It's a no-brainer around these parts.
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AMD Phenom II X4 955  Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Sapphire HD 6950 Sapphire HD 6950 
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G-Skill Mushkin Callisto Deluxe WD Black LG Supermulti 
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Rasa Black CPU water block. Rasa X20 pump/res c... Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Deck Legend Fire mechanical with Cherry Black s... Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W modular PSU. 
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Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech MX-518 Logitech Wireless headset for gaming and 100w M... 
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My System
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AMD Phenom II X4 955  Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P Sapphire HD 6950 Sapphire HD 6950 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G-Skill Mushkin Callisto Deluxe WD Black LG Supermulti 
CoolingOSKeyboardPower
Rasa Black CPU water block. Rasa X20 pump/res c... Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Deck Legend Fire mechanical with Cherry Black s... Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1200W modular PSU. 
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Cooler Master Storm Scout Logitech MX-518 Logitech Wireless headset for gaming and 100w M... 
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post #4 of 12
OEM
cheaper, still the same

OEM FTW!!!!!!!
Main System
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+  ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe eVGA Geforce 7900GT CO Corsair XMS2 4GB PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 160GB SATA2 + Western Digital 250GB SATA2 Lite-On SATA DVD Burner Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon x64   
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OCZ GameXStream 700w Antec P180 
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Main System
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AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+  ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe eVGA Geforce 7900GT CO Corsair XMS2 4GB PC2-6400 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 160GB SATA2 + Western Digital 250GB SATA2 Lite-On SATA DVD Burner Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon x64   
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OCZ GameXStream 700w Antec P180 
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post #5 of 12
it's a toss-up.
if i wanna sell it later on if i don't need/want it i'd get retail.
if i want to move it to another system (if i retire rigs in the future) i'd get retail.

if i'm going to sit on the system for a good long time, i'd get OEM
Variant 2.0
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Core i7 3770k ASROCK Z77 Extreme6 2GB EVGA GTX670 8GB G. Skill DDR3-1600 
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128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
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Logitech Wave and RT-101 Mechanical 750w Antec Truepower New Custom Chenming 901B Logitech MX1000 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 3770k ASROCK Z77 Extreme6 2GB EVGA GTX670 8GB G. Skill DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
128GB Samsung 830 SSD 1TB Samsung HD103SJ some Asus DVD/CD-RW Thermalright Ultima-90i w/ Ven. BTK 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H Logitech Wave Antec TruePower New 750W 
CaseMouse
Rocketfish Full Tower Logitech MX1000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X2 3800+ ASUS A8N-SLI Premium SLI 8800GTS 512MB 4x 512mb Corsair/Kingston 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 250GB WD Caviar 2x NEC 3550 Windows XP SP3 ASUS 26" 16:10 
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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Alright say i get OEM. What kind of limitations are there for upgrades? I know if you upgrade a motherboard you need a new OS right? But does this go for the CPU or any of the other parts?
McLovin
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.5ghz 1.26v Asus P8Z68-V PRO GTX 570 Twin Frozr III G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4Gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial M4 64Gb/WD Caviar Black 1Tb Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 2053BW Corsair AX850W 
Case
NZXT Phantom Red 
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McLovin
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.5ghz 1.26v Asus P8Z68-V PRO GTX 570 Twin Frozr III G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4Gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial M4 64Gb/WD Caviar Black 1Tb Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 2053BW Corsair AX850W 
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NZXT Phantom Red 
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post #7 of 12
I would go OEM, but I haven't seen the price difference. Maybe put that in your first post. If it is only a few bucks difference, or if it is a huge price difference would make the decision easy.
Macbook
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Core 2 Duo 9400M 2 GB DDR3 250 GB 
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Double Layer Superdrive Mac OS X Leopard 
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Core 2 Duo 9400M 2 GB DDR3 250 GB 
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post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
Well the retail is about $299 canadian and the OEM is about $139 canadian.
McLovin
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.5ghz 1.26v Asus P8Z68-V PRO GTX 570 Twin Frozr III G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4Gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial M4 64Gb/WD Caviar Black 1Tb Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 2053BW Corsair AX850W 
Case
NZXT Phantom Red 
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McLovin
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K @4.5ghz 1.26v Asus P8Z68-V PRO GTX 570 Twin Frozr III G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4Gb 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Crucial M4 64Gb/WD Caviar Black 1Tb Windows 7 64 bit Samsung 2053BW Corsair AX850W 
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NZXT Phantom Red 
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post #9 of 12
RETAIL FTW

It has x32 and x64 bit versions on it

and it can be reued how many times you want
Oh The Glorrryyy
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Oh The Glorrryyy
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post #10 of 12
I decided to go OEM when I upgraded to Vista x64 Business. I wont be changeing motherboard's for another 12 months at least. When I do eventually sell this board I'll simply purchase a fresh OEM lisence.
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