Can I add a GPU to this unit with built-in integrated graphic?

Discussion in 'Desktop Computers' started by ssal, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Read my post.
     
  2. OmniDyne

    OmniDyne Active Member

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    Yeah but you can't transfer an OEM license an infinite number of times. That's why they still offer the full version. The OEM version still states one PC per license and they use all pieces of hardware to determine an activation. Each time a piece of hardware is changed it uses an unknown number of allowed "re-activations", so eventually you'll have to buy another license. You may even get a reactivation notice after swapping a graphics card.

    Linus Tech Tips has a video on this very subject. Every one of their test builds have the activation watermark and they stated it's because they have been unable to transfer OEM licenses after a certain number of hardware changes, especially after motherboard swaps and they consistently get activation codes with the retail version, so it isn't worth the hassle.

    $109 for OEM and $140 for retail is still ridconculous considering Microsoft used to sell the OEM licenses well below $100 and the retail version was $119 before fall 2018.

    It is what it is, I guess.
     
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  3. Darren

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    While this is the official stance from MS I've never had an instance with my personal hardware that I can't reuse a license. My current 10 license was originally purchased in September 2011 as a Windows 7 Home Prem OEM. Since then it has been reinstalled countless times, both on 7 and later 10. Been installed on I think 4 different hard drives, 4 different motherboards, 6+ video cards, 3 different processors, and never once had it give me an issue of having changed hardware. Every single time it has activated once I connected to MS's servers, and if for whatever reason it didn't then signing in with my MS account fixes it.

    My last 2 jobs also have extensively involved imaging and installing Windows. The license to get 10 is pretty much free honestly, any Windows 7 key will still activate a 10 product and the free upgrade still works. MS says that's not the case but I speak from literally hundreds of machines in my personal experience. Hell I did 6 of them just today. At this point my data is more valuable to Microsoft then squeezing me for another $100.
     
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  4. ssal

    ssal Active Member

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  5. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Correct.
     
  6. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    It's been this way for decades.
     
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  7. ssal

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    This thread has been extremely educational. While we are at it, can someone explain to me what is over clocking?
    To the CPU, and/or GPU?
    What's the advantage?
    How is it done?
     
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    Darren Moderator Staff Member

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  9. Intel_man

    Intel_man VIP Member

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    If what you're primarily using is Adobe Premiere Pro, you should really be looking into Intel processors. Do you use any other professional software heavily other than Adobe Premiere Pro?
     
  10. ssal

    ssal Active Member

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    I am rekindling the desire to build a desktop for video editing. I would like to spend a little more (about US$1,000).

    I would like to have the following components:
    AMD Ryzen 5 3600
    CPU Cooler
    GTX 1060 6GB
    240 SSD + 2TB HHD
    1TB M.2 (PCie)
    Min of 16GB (upgradable to min of 32gb)

    Please recommend Casing, Motherboard and power supply too.
    Thanks.
     

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