Originally posted by KBlair
I would go for Windows XP Media Center Edition OEM, unless of course you specifically need Windows XP Professional. Also, since the Vista coupon requires you to have a receipt of the "computer" from the place where you bought the "computer," I doubt Microsoft wants to give you a free version of Vista.
I would also go for the P5B-E motherboard, and a 16MB cache hard drive.
Thanks a lot mate. I checked up on that. NCIX'll give you the form as long as you buy it as a system from them, and through the process I'm using, I will get the form, and from my understanding, in asking in the forums there, they said that as long as you get the form, you get the Vista upgrade because they have their own unique PINs or something, it's not just any form. And NCIX, of course, will supply you with a recept for you purchase.
As for Media Center Edition, any specific reason why you'd suggest it? I really don't like the Media Center interface. I just want plain old Windows. Is there something as far as hardware/software support that Media Center Ed. would have over Proffesional? Is Professional too clunky? From what I understood, it has excellent dual-core support.
And what are the differences between p5b-e and p5b? And are they really worth the extra $40?
And as far as the hdd goes, I'm replacing it with "Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ Hard Drive".