Hi, I bought Windows 7 OEM for my build, not fully understanding what OEM was.
Anyway, I have all the parts for my build (in my sig), except the GPU, which will arrive next week some time.
Now, as impatient as it seems, since the i7 has integrated graphics I have been considering building it now to start installing everything so when the 780 arrives I can start playing everything right away.
However, as I understand it, OEM means it's bound to the exact system meaning it would give me a brick if I installed the graphics card after the OS correct? --- MSI Z87-G45 | i7-4770K | GTX 780 | G.Skill 16 GB DDR3 | Corsair 850W| Cooler Master Full Tower | Seagate 3TB Drive | LG Blu-Ray Drive |
#2DragnfyrPosted 12/7/2013 8:21:11 PM
OEM editions are only bound to the motherboard. Other components can change. --- MacBook Pro with Retina Display | 15.4" 2880x1800 | Core i7-3615QM @ 2.3GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600MHz | GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 | 256GB SSD | OSX 10.9 | Windows 8.1 Pro
#3ChetyrePosted 12/7/2013 8:21:53 PM
it is bound to the motherboard, not to the parts on top of it. You'll be fine. --- "Beyond The Beaten Path Lies The Absolute End. It Matters Not Who You Are, Death Awaits You." Nyx Avatar
#4MaKhaosPosted 12/7/2013 8:22:03 PM
It is the motherboard, and you can still call the robot at Microsoft to reset it. --- "TSA lady opened my bag and asked me about my Magic: The Gathering booster packs. I explained that they're not weapons since I have no land." -Day
#5ShubPosted 12/7/2013 8:24:57 PM
The OEM license means it's tied to the computer once you install and activate Windows. You can upgrade the computer in all kinds of ways without going against the terms of the license. Typically changing the motherboard causes a problem but there is never a scenario where you'd end up with a "brick" no matter what you do. --- -What is best in life? -To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.
There is a good chance that the OEM windows 7 will just work as normal and you can activate it right away. Wost case scenario you will have to call microsoft. They will activate it for you 100% of the time as far as I know. No harm in trying. --- I5 3570 | GTX 760 | FILCO Majestouch 2 tenkeyless | Zowie FK | Asus Xonar DGX | Kingston 120 GB SSD | Sennheiser HD 518 | Samsung S24A350H
#8mophisusPosted 12/7/2013 9:18:56 PM
techincally, oem windows can only be installed on one machine (motherboard)
however, microsoft seems to let you have one activation active at a time
you might have to do phone activation if you change the motherboard (i had to call in an activate on the third new motherboard, but the first 2 worked by automatic activation. ) --- "The side effect of education should not be death by boredom and mediocrity"