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OEM or RETAIL?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by elli5on, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. elli5on

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    Which do you prefer and why???
    Processor wise......
     
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  2. techtr0n1c

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    swings in roundabouts for me, my view point is using amd's not intels as i havent in 5 years - excluding my laptop

    i dont know if this is the case with intels, maybe some one can tell me.

    when i looked into it i spoke to amd and they said the oem isn't covered in their warrenty if you use a non amd heatsink and fan. on one hand i think stuff it, it'll be fine and now i get to choose my cooler.
    retail well it saves the hastle of not looking for a cooler and i get a pretty box. and its covered under warrenty.

    3 of my boxes, use oem and my new pc uses the retail.

    to me, i dont mind either as long as i get a good price - STOP LAUAGHING, im from scotland im meant to be tight :offtopic
     
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  3. noelg24

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    when it comes to processors its always Retail for me. You get the standard heatsink and fan and even I always buy a new heatsink and fan I still prefer it to come in a box. I remember the very first AMD chip I bought. It was the AMD K6-2 400MHz and that was an OEM as it arrived in a brown box and that was it. But it will always be retail for CPUs...
     
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  4. csx

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    The only processor i have ever bought has been AMD and has been OEM because it's cheaper. I've always bought from ebuyer and if I've ever had a problem with the chip ebuyer have always replaced the OEM chip. So really can't see a difference.

    I'm considering buying Intel in the future and would have to be retail for me... i don't think they do OEM chips? otherwise i probably would go for OEM.

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  5. Baba O'Riley

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    I don't see the point in buying retail versions because I know I'm always going to buy a decent cooling rig for it. Intel's retail fans sound like bloody wind turbines, especially with the P4 and all the heat they produce.
     
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  6. fortch

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    OEM's almost exclusively, if only for the fact that I get to tailor the amount of cooling I need. Also, it doesn't allow them to stick that PITA thermal pad on it, so I can use my Arctic Silver (or other better-priced alternative). Although the retail coolers are noisy (sometimes), they're a huge upgrade from what I&A *used* to slap on them.
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    For CPUs, definitely retail. The difference in cost is negligible compared to the difference in the length of the warranty.

    And yes, I do go with a third-party cooling solution. But it's nice to have a backup HSF in case the good one fails. Or, you can sell the retail HSF.
     
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    flEbay whore! :p
     
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