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so i just finished my new computer build:

q6600 @ 2.4 w/ stock cooling
ASUS P5N-D nForce 750i
2x2gb Corsair XMS2
evga 8800GTX

all i need is an OS to get my system up and running. I play counter-strike source, call of duty4, and I want the option to be able to play some of the other "power-hungry" games in the future. I also do some music downloads onto my ipod video, along with word processing, internet, etc.

I have heard that XP doesnt support dx10, so i figure i should go with Vista(home premium). I don't unerstand why 64-bit and 32-bit only come with OEMs, unless they already come with the full version. I reformat my harddrive quite often, so should i just buy the full version of Vista Home Premium.

I would like some of you guys to answer some of my questions
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post #2 of 9
Vista Ultimate 64bit or home premium 64bit. Youve got 4 gigs of ram and those os' can use it all
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if it were me i would go with 64bit vista home premium its $99.99 at newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116204
    
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Force GT(os) M4 64gb(games) f3 1tb(other) Samsung Windows 7 64bit Samsung BX2450 
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if you really want DX10, then go with Vista (home premium, basic, ultimate, it doesnt really matter). make sure you get 64-bit to utilize your 4gb of ram, otherwise with a 32bit all of the ram wouldnt be recognized, you'd get like 3.5 i think it is.

well the OEM is a licensed copy of the OS to the specific hardware it was sold with. meaning you are not legally entitled to be able to switch it to various systems. so since you just built that computer, then you'll need to go with a retail version anyway.

go with Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
    
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post #5 of 9
Get the OEM Vista homepremium 64 bit
post #6 of 9
microsoft released sp1 for vista that fixed a lot of the major issues everyone was having with vista so its a nice choice now and definably go with the x64 version (premium is nice)
    
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36gb raptor, 2x500gb all sata vista ultimate x64 2x p.o.s. crt ultra xfinity 600w 
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Originally Posted by Flatliner View Post
if you really want DX10, then go with Vista (home premium, basic, ultimate, it doesnt really matter). make sure you get 64-bit to utilize your 4gb of ram, otherwise with a 32bit all of the ram wouldnt be recognized, you'd get like 3.5 i think it is.

well the OEM is a licensed copy of the OS to the specific hardware it was sold with. meaning you are not legally entitled to be able to switch it to various systems. so since you just built that computer, then you'll need to go with a retail version anyway.

go with Vista Home Premium 64-bit.
incorrect he does not have to go with the retail version
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k 5000mhz(so far) ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME msi 6970 and 2 6950's Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Force GT(os) M4 64gb(games) f3 1tb(other) Samsung Windows 7 64bit Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Black widow XFX ProSeries 1050W PSU 80+Gold  Corsair 700D Deathadder 
Mouse Pad
nope! 
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i7 2600k 5000mhz(so far) ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME msi 6970 and 2 6950's Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2133mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Force GT(os) M4 64gb(games) f3 1tb(other) Samsung Windows 7 64bit Samsung BX2450 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Black widow XFX ProSeries 1050W PSU 80+Gold  Corsair 700D Deathadder 
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post #8 of 9
Second to vista home premium 64bit.
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what is the difference between the 64-bit oem, and the retail version? the contents of the package, disks, etc.
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Intel E8400 @ 4.0 ASUS P5Q Deluxe Visiontek 4850 w/ Accelero HSF 2x2gb g. Skill PK's 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Velociraptor Windows 7 64bit Samsung 2253LW 21.6" Saitek Eclipse RED 
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Intel E8400 @ 4.0 ASUS P5Q Deluxe Visiontek 4850 w/ Accelero HSF 2x2gb g. Skill PK's 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Velociraptor Windows 7 64bit Samsung 2253LW 21.6" Saitek Eclipse RED 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec Neopower 650W Antec 900 Logitech G5 xfi Titanium Fatal1ty 
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