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OEM v Retail

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by fastrhino, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. fastrhino

    fastrhino Nibble Poster

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    what are the main things to bear in mind when buying hardware, some suppliers sell OEM kit, and retail what is not included/included with hardware

    hard drives
    optical drives
    cpus
    software (OS)

    sorry for taking up so much forum time with my questions, i am a newbie to this.

    cheers mick
     
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  2. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    OEM means its generally a bare piece of kit, whitebox

    hard drives are generally OEM, and fine (no cables supplied)
    CDRoms are also fine OEM, again, no cables supplied,
    I would never personally buy an OEM CPU, i like my retail warranty, my working HSF etc
    OEM software is also fine, bare CD, also restricive license though, be warned
     
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  3. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    ... and a lot of times no software either, so if you don't have good cd/dvd burning software this is something you may want to take into consideration.
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

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    indeed, freddy hit that one on the nail
    however depending what they bundle, you may be lumbered with roxios crud when nero can be had oem for 3 quid ;)
     
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