I am building my first computer and have a question about the OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium. My understanding of OEM is that it become "associated" with your motherboard, which means that if something goes wrong with your set-up it will be difficult or impossible to install your Windows 7 on a different set-up. Thus, I would prefer to have a genuine version of Windows 7.
HOWEVER, I found on the Microsoft Web site an upgrade to Windows 7 Professional for students for a super-low price: http://www.microsoft.com/student/of...
So, if I get this upgrade, does that mean that the upgrade overwrites the OEM version? In other words, would I be able to install the Windows 7 Professional on another set-up? I already asked Microsoft a few days ago... Nothing yet.
Also, I was wondering if anyone could check out my system set-up and give me some advice on whether everything appears to fit OK. My main uses will be gaming, Adobe Design (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.), and general computing. Also, I will want to add another GPU in the future in Crossfire mode.
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad Core
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-890XA-UD3 AMD 790X SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
PSU: Corsair HS Series CMPSU-650HX SLI Ready
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit PCI Express 2.0 x16
HD: Western Digial Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Optical Drive: Samsung CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C-OEM
Case: Cooler Master Elite 330 ATX Mid Tower
Total price on Newegg.com: $880 w/ shipping.
Any help will be appreciated! (One last question: Will SATA 6.0 slots on the MoBo work with SATA 3.0 devices?)