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Old 01-12-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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is there really a difference?
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:15 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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thats what i figured, the sad part is i still cant afford either
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what are you buying?
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^what they said
if you get a cpu, definatly go for a OEM and get a seprate(and better) cpu cooler
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:53 PM   #7
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Unless you're not going to OC then the stock cooler is fine.
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true but you can get a better one for the same price
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:05 PM   #9
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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.
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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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