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9-29-2009 @ 7:06PM
TL/DR, software costs are a non-issue, OS is sometimes an issue, but not too expensive.OS cost is typically about $99-$199(OEM basic or "premium" versions, respectively), though it's sometimes possible to use a version from a preexisting computer/build. This depends on who you bought your old computer from. Smaller stores and custom boutique places tend to use OEM versions of windows that'll install just fine into any working rig you can build. Larger places like Dell use branded disks that'll check your hardware for the companies proprietary BIOS, and refuse to install if they don't find it(this can be bypassed, but it's not always easy, or technically legal depending on local laws). Other software costs are only relevant if your old software doesn't work on your new machine/OS AND there's no free alternative, which for the average home user/gamer is rarely an issue(they're either using the free stuff in the first place, or the software bundles from the old computer install on the new rig without issue, or the old computer still works and can be used to run the old software).And why am I assuming that there's older software/hardware/copies of the OS laying around? Because people who assemble their own machines tend to do so *after* they've bought a prebuilt system they've tinkered with, fixed or upgraded and found that it's not as hard or scary as some people seem to think it is.
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