• This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more.

How much will Windows 8 Pro System Builder cost?


FuturDreamz

Spacemonaut
Member
Posts
740
#1
I'm wondering because from my understanding, System builder version is usually 25% cheaper than the upgrade version; so according to my math the Win 8 system builder should be $30. I have a pretty hard time believing this.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Tansformer Book Flip TP500LN
    CPU
    Intel i5-4210U
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 840M
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Touchscreen
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    1TB Hybrid
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000
Earth

Posts
106
#2
The prices you are referencing are the upgrade prices. The System Builder prices have not yet been confirmed, and I haven't seen anything referring to this 25% off for Windows 8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Home Premuim x64 & Windows 8 Enterprise RTM x64
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion dv6
    CPU
    Intel Core i3
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Other Info
    My laptop is my only computer. It is about 2 years old.

pparks1

New Member
VIP Member
Guru
Westland, MI

Posts
3,658
#3
Yeah, the prices haven't been announced. The $39 is an upgrade price, and the System Builder is the equivalent of a retail copy (but perhaps a bit more limited like OEM and is intended for a computer with no OS). I'm guessing it will be near $70-$120.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

FuturDreamz

Spacemonaut
Member
Posts
740
#4
Darn. I was thinking how Win 7 HP Upgrade is $120 while the system builder is $99
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Tansformer Book Flip TP500LN
    CPU
    Intel i5-4210U
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 840M
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Touchscreen
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    1TB Hybrid
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

Coke Robot

New Member
Pro User
Gold Member
Posts
5,707
#5
Yep, I imagine pricing will be closer to a traditional retail copy of 7. Which does suck, as I've never done an upgrade install as I choose to remove the crap I don't need, copy and save user files that are needed, wipe down the hard drive several times and do a couple of thorough formats on the hard drive. Then and ONLY then do I install Windows, move user data over and install the programs that are needed and not the devil toolbars!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

FuturDreamz

Spacemonaut
Member
Posts
740
#7

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Tansformer Book Flip TP500LN
    CPU
    Intel i5-4210U
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Geforce GT 840M
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" Touchscreen
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    1TB Hybrid
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 4000

FSeal

New Member
Member
Posts
636
#8
Yeah with the $199 for pro price tag, well that's pretty much just the same old pricing. The OEM Win 7 pro could be had for about $120 to $140 depending on the day and the dealer. So I would guess that that is going to be the Win 8 Pro System Builder price. Same with "Home" the OEM version of Windows 7 $70-$80 depending on dealer, so "Windows 8" would be about that price too I'd guess.

So that's probably the "safest" guess as to the real, ongoing, non-intro prices for new non-upgrade copies of windows 8. We can hope for better (I am) but the rumor of the packaged Win7 Pro price of $199 kind of kills that idea.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

SIW2

Well-Known Member
Team Member
Posts
5,360
#9
$40 is a good deal - even if you have some sense and don't much care for win8.

I would get one anyway - I always do.

Never bought an o/s from anyone except MS.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

R0bR

New Member
Member
Posts
534
#10

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP

FSeal

New Member
Member
Posts
636
#11
Heh, then entire purpose of low introductory pricing is to pressure people into being early adopters so that the out of the gat numbers can look as impressive as possible.

That's how it works, and yes the use of the word "pressure" is 100% spot on here.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

pparks1

New Member
VIP Member
Guru
Westland, MI

Posts
3,658
#12
If the System Builder will become $199 after the intro period and the intro period prices are less than $100....I would probably be inclined to buy at least 2 copies of it during the intro. In the event that I don't need a copy, I can always sell it to a friend or coworker down the road.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

FSeal

New Member
Member
Posts
636
#13
System builder just CAN'T be $199... That would be terrible. It means that it's just another name for "Full retail packaging" (Ok it's less than the full retail Win 7 Pro, but no where /near/ the price of OEM)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

pparks1

New Member
VIP Member
Guru
Westland, MI

Posts
3,658
#14
System builder just CAN'T be $199... That would be terrible. It means that it's just another name for "Full retail packaging" (Ok it's less than the full retail Win 7 Pro, but no where /near/ the price of OEM)
Actually, the Windows 7 Pro OEM is around $135-$150. And it's tied to the 1 computer it was installed on. Since the System Builder license can be moved to a secondary machine, its probably going to cost a bit more...and something I would be more inclined to spend money on. So, in reality, even at $199, it's only $50 or so more expensive than the Windows 7 Pro OEM.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

FSeal

New Member
Member
Posts
636
#15
Traditionally I've always bought OEMs for around $120-125, they stay on the machine for 6-8 years as the machine goes through my primary machine, to guest/backup or other secondary purpose and then I pass it on to someone else, OS in tact. In the mean time I've built 2 more machines (about one every 4 years) Which needed new versions of Windows anyway. So really the $199 System builder is of no real use at all in that case but just sucks more money out of my pocket.

The more I think about it, I'm not sure I've ever actually had an issue where I needed to transfer a windows licence in my entire life of building machines starting with my 286 (Well before windows). I mean if a motherboard dies on you then I can see it maybe being helpful, but the one time that happened to me I explained it to MS and got a new key for my OEM anyway...

Really, that's the entire reason "no one" bought retail copies. They were expensive and in the end, the utility of being able to transfer the lic. to a new machine is rarely useful. Kind of like buying an extended warranty. Sure you might need it SOMEday, but in the mean time spending $50 more on 10 purchases to get the "warranty" functionality and using it only once ever is not cost conscious :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

SIW2

Well-Known Member
Team Member
Posts
5,360
#16
Since the System Builder license can be moved to a secondary machine
How is that different from what used to be the full retail ?

No support from MS possibly?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

pparks1

New Member
VIP Member
Guru
Westland, MI

Posts
3,658
#17
Traditionally I've always bought OEMs for around $120-125, they stay on the machine for 6-8 years as the machine goes through my primary machine, to guest/backup or other secondary purpose and then I pass it on to someone else, OS in tact.
I understand, I'm the same way.


Since the System Builder license can be moved to a secondary machine
How is that different from what used to be the full retail ?

No support from MS possibly?

It turns out to not be different than retail. We've just come full circle, customers aren't intended to use OEM, so instead we will have a System Builder license. System builder license "should" be cheaper. Retail will be discontinued. System builder license will be "not so cheap".

Guess we will see if it's any cheaper. Time will tell.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)