Re: OEM vs. Retail
OEM is the hardware itself. No accessories such as cables, manual, or nice packaging go with it. You'll get drivers and the product, that's it.
Retail, you get everything. A pretty package, accessories, drivers, manual, cables, power plugs, and productivity software too.
The only thing I get OEM are the hard drives. FOr everything else, it is better to get retail. Hard drives don't need any drivers. If it's SATA, get the motherboard disk out or go online to get it. I have tons of cable laying around for that too. Everything else, I get retail because it comes complete with everything.
You're also right about the warranty. Retail have bigger warranty packages than OEM. Some OEM's don't even have a warranty to save money. That is why they are OEM in the first place.
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