Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:50 PM
Damn, my copy of Windows is, I *think*, OEM. Well, the copy I purchased was, anyway. If my hazy memory serves me well, I believe I may have used a surplus copy sent to a company. But I would expect that to also be OEM.
(Supplemental question: assuming I can't use the current OS, is there any way I can use the HDD for file storage in the new configuration without formatting the drive?)
The purpose of my new build will be to facilitate a casual-to-intermediate level of gaming. Games to include Civ V (don't judge), Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, and the like. I don't have a budget set, but would like to keep it relatively affordable (excluding OS, maybe around $750 or so). I wouldn't mind a build that allows/assumes for component upgrades over the next 12 months or so, either. Even so, I'd like to play these games with reasonably good performance from the get-go. Diablo 3 will likely be played later than Civ V.
I'm not on my PC at the moment, so I'll have to speccy later.
Thinking aloud: if I can't use my current version of Windows, how much cost savings do I even experience by retaining these components? For sake of ease, I'd rather retain use of my current PC and build a second one from scratch, so that I could preserve my current gaming platform for yesteryear.