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I'm building my first gaming pc, totally confused about the price of windows 7

teeth_cheese
  • 66 months ago

Hey all,

I wanted to go with Windows 7 for my new pc build because I heard there were some compatibility issues with 8 and some older games.

When I used PCPartPicker to add an OS, it gave two options for Windows 7, both over $450:

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-fqc00129 https://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc00019

Yet, a quick search of amazon shows various versions of Windows 7 all under $200, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Professional-System-Builder-Packaging/dp/B00H09BOXQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1418663248&sr=8-2&keywords=windows+7

Is there a difference between these products that I'm too much of a novice to have picked up on?

Thanks!

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  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

What about this one? http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050

By the way. The compatibility issues of Windows 8 are widely exagerated. I have tried a couple of old games. Age of Empires, Rise of Nations, Sim City 2000. They all worked.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Windows updates have taken care of most/all Win8 compatibility issues but I've heard of other "buggy" issues.

The difference is OEM vs. retail. OEM (aka "System Builder") is intended as a pre-installed OS for resale but builders were all using it for personal use. It's cheaper because of the licensing as single-use, while the "full" Retail version is for personal use and not limited in the same way.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh that makes sense! Also, it sounds like Windows 8 is going to work anyway, great news

Thanks for responding!

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi,

There will be little difference between all three as far as gaming goes , your motherboard , cpu ,gpu and ram will ultimately determine how well your system plays games. Here is a nice comparison on windows 7 check this out :

http://winsupersite.com/windows-7/windows-7-product-editions-comparison

Hope this helps.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Legally, OEM version is tied to the mobo that it is installed on. You can not transfer/use it on another mobo/system for whatever reason. The "Retail" version can be used in another mobo/system, such as mobo upgrade, just as long as the previously installed version is erased.

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