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a legit way to get windows or other OS for light gaming

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Hey does anyone have an idea about where to get cheaper (legit) windows keys, failing that is there a good (idiot-proof) cheap operating system which will work with steam origin and the downloadable verson of GOG (forgot the name)? 

 

- Needs to be completely idiot proof (not MacOs)

- Needs to play well with Steam, Origin and Downloadable GOG

- Needs to be cheap, CHEAPER IS BETTER

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Linux. Won't work with all Steam games, but it's completely free and highly customizable.

 

Either that, or get a Windows key off of Kinguin for super cheap. If you do go the Linux route, though, go for Ubuntu, as IIRC it's the most idiot proof.


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Linux works OK for games these days and it's free, plus no Micro$oft telemetry


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15 minutes ago, kelvinhall05 said:

Linux. Won't work with all Steam games, but it's completely free and highly customizable.

Origin isn't supported under Linux.


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2 minutes ago, WereCatf said:

Origin isn't supported under Linux.

Wine is a thing, you know.


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DIOCLETIAN III (HTPC) : CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 || CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition || MOBO : MSi X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || GPU: ASUS GTX 1080 Strix OC || RAM: 2x8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws V (3200) || SSDs: Crucial P1 500GB, Crucial MX500 1TB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB || PSU: Seasonic 650W w/ Black & Red Extensions || CASE: Phanteks P300 || Monitor: Samsung Q60 65" QLED || KEYBOARD: Logitech G613 || Mouse: Logitech G305 || CONTROLLER: Xbox One Controller x2 || AUDIO: Samsung Q60R Soundbar || Case Fans : 2x Cooler Master Masterfan Pro 120, Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-2000 ||

JUSTINIAN - Dell XPS 15": CPU: Core i7-9750H || GPU: GTX 1650 || RAM: 2*8GB 2666MhZ DDR4 SODIMM || SSD: 1TB M.2 PCIe || CASE: 15.6" Laptop with dBrand skin || MONITOR: 15" 1920 * 1080 IPS || KEYBOARD: Dell Keyboard || MOUSE: Logitech G305 White || AUDIO: HyperX Cloud II ||

OTHER : Dell Latitude (i7-6600U, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD) || HP All-in-One (Unspecified Haswell i7, 8GB DDR3, Crucial MX500 500GB ||

MOBILE : Galaxy S9 (64GB + 64GB uSD) || Galaxy S7 (32GB) || FitBit Blaze || Kindle Fire 10" ||

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1 minute ago, orbitalbuzzsaw said:

Wine is a thing, you know.

Yes, a poorly-working thing.


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1 minute ago, WereCatf said:

Yes, a poorly-working thing.

Yeah but so is Origin


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VALENTINIAN : CPU: Ryzen 7 2700X || CPU COOLER : Corsair H115i Pro || MOBO : MSi B450 Tomahawk Max || GPU: ASUS GTX 1080 Ti Strix OC || RAM: 4x8GB Corsair Vengeance (3200) || SSDs: Samsung 970 Evo 250GB, Samsung 850 Evo 1TB x2 || PSU: EVGA G2 850W w/ Cablemod Black & White Cables || CASE: NZXT H510 White || MONITOR: Acer Predator X34A, HP 27yh || KEYBOARD: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum (MX Brown, White Keycaps) || MOUSE: Logitech G502 Hero || AUDIO: HyperX Cloud Alpha, Logitech C920 || CASE FANS : 2x Corsair ML140, 2x Corsair ML120 ||

DIOCLETIAN III (HTPC) : CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 || CPU COOLER : Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition || MOBO : MSi X370 Gaming Pro Carbon || GPU: ASUS GTX 1080 Strix OC || RAM: 2x8GB G.SKILL Ripjaws V (3200) || SSDs: Crucial P1 500GB, Crucial MX500 1TB || HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB || PSU: Seasonic 650W w/ Black & Red Extensions || CASE: Phanteks P300 || Monitor: Samsung Q60 65" QLED || KEYBOARD: Logitech G613 || Mouse: Logitech G305 || CONTROLLER: Xbox One Controller x2 || AUDIO: Samsung Q60R Soundbar || Case Fans : 2x Cooler Master Masterfan Pro 120, Noctua NF-F12 iPPC-2000 ||

JUSTINIAN - Dell XPS 15": CPU: Core i7-9750H || GPU: GTX 1650 || RAM: 2*8GB 2666MhZ DDR4 SODIMM || SSD: 1TB M.2 PCIe || CASE: 15.6" Laptop with dBrand skin || MONITOR: 15" 1920 * 1080 IPS || KEYBOARD: Dell Keyboard || MOUSE: Logitech G305 White || AUDIO: HyperX Cloud II ||

OTHER : Dell Latitude (i7-6600U, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD) || HP All-in-One (Unspecified Haswell i7, 8GB DDR3, Crucial MX500 500GB ||

MOBILE : Galaxy S9 (64GB + 64GB uSD) || Galaxy S7 (32GB) || FitBit Blaze || Kindle Fire 10" ||

CONSOLE : Nintendo Switch (Pro Controller x3, Joy-Con Grip x1, PowerA Enhanced Controller x1) ||

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10 minutes ago, orbitalbuzzsaw said:

Yeah but so is Origin

Adding one poorly working thing to another makes it much worse.


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1 hour ago, william axton hylle said:

Hey does anyone have an idea about where to get cheaper (legit) windows keys, failing that is there a good (idiot-proof) cheap operating system which will work with steam origin and the downloadable verson of GOG (forgot the name)? 

1 hour ago, kelvinhall05 said:

Linux. Won't work with all Steam games, but it's completely free and highly customizable.

Either that, or get a Windows key off of Kinguin for super cheap. If you do go the Linux route, though, go for Ubuntu, as IIRC it's the most idiot proof.

Keys from unauthorized re-sellers such as Kinguin or eBay are not legit. The only legit keys come from authorized retail channels and cost the same as Microsoft charges for them (give or take a few dollar here and there) since Microsoft sets the pricing, similarly to how Apple controls the pricing of their products super strictly.


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Linux gaming is pretty good. I think Ubuntu is the officially supported Linux “Distro” on steam. Otherwise I think mint is gaining popularity. 

 

Games like Metro Redux, Rust, Half-Life 2 are all fully windows compatible. 

Edit: LINUX COMPATIBLE... but yes they work on windows too. 


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You can get Windows 10 for free from Microsoft's website. If you don't activate it, it will have a watermark and not let you customize some appearance settings for Windows itself and occasionally nag you to go buy it, but otherwise it'll work perfectly fine forever. It's a great budget option and you can always buy a licence later. 


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