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kostonbleeds 01-12-2008 06:09 PM

oem vs retail
is there really a difference?

Kage 01-12-2008 06:15 PM

Re: oem vs retail
OEM basically means it usually doesn't come with a retail box, no cables (in most cases) and, well, thats about it. Tends to be a lot cheaper.

worshipme 01-12-2008 06:15 PM

Re: oem vs retail
OEM only includes the object itself, it doesn't include any extras or a fancy box etc, just the bare minimum. Retail is what is sold on the high street.
EDIT: I see Kage beat me to it.

kostonbleeds 01-12-2008 06:17 PM

Re: oem vs retail
thats what i figured, the sad part is i still cant afford either

bullzi 01-12-2008 06:36 PM

Re: oem vs retail
what are you buying?

ohnoes 01-12-2008 06:52 PM

Re: oem vs retail
^what they said
if you get a cpu, definatly go for a OEM and get a seprate(and better) cpu cooler

worshipme 01-12-2008 06:53 PM

Re: oem vs retail
Unless you're not going to OC then the stock cooler is fine.

ohnoes 01-12-2008 06:55 PM

Re: oem vs retail
true but you can get a better one for the same price

worshipme 01-12-2008 07:05 PM

Re: oem vs retail
Some of the retail stuff is only like a couple of $s more than the OEM stuff and probably worth it for the extras that are included.

Tommy Boy 01-12-2008 07:56 PM

Re: oem vs retail
Things like cpu's, gpu's and motherboards I like to buy the retail version since it will come with the extras that you will need.

But stuff like dvd drives and hard drives I buy OEM versions since I can get my own burning software for dvd drives, and you don't really need anything but a cable for hard drives and the motherboard will come with all the cables you will need for the hd.

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