Thanks all. As far as the Pro version being a resource hog, I know you are able to shut off a lot of the redundant services to make it move quicker.
As far as those prices go, they are based in Canadian currency, so even if I did buy them at American prices, add in the exchange and duty and all that good stuff, and I still end up paying the same price; well for the home version at least. Plus I would have to wait for it to be shipped, whereas I can just go to my local shop here and grab it.
As far as OEm cd's go, I haven't yet looked onto Ebay for those, I know a few people who do prefer them, and as I understand it, all you get is the cd key and the activation code right? No documentation at all ( like you need that nowadays). Maybe I will go browse Ebay for a bit to see what shows up.
Thanks for the replies.