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Im looking into buying an AMD 3600+ Brisbane and an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro. If im getting an aftermarket hs, can I just get the OEM version of the processor or does the retail version come with other stuff that I will need?
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sry, should have read the whole post. You may need to download some drivers, but should be fine.
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Don't quote me on this but i think retail is better. When i think OEM i think of like dell and gateway.. You can't oc those machines. but i donw know about oem processors i got a retail version of my processor becuause i wanted to be able to oc it and didnt know if oem would let me.
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whats the difference between those 2 and the open box version?

On newegg, the retail is $63.50, the OEM is $59.99, and the open box is $52.10 is it worth saving 10 bucks and getting the open box?
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post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cboyle04 View Post
Im looking into buying an AMD 3600+ Brisbane and an Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro. If im getting an aftermarket hs, can I just get the OEM version of the processor or does the retail version come with other stuff that I will need?
Retail and OEM CPUs are identical. The only differences (and the reason for the different price) between OEM and retail are that 1) the retail CPU includes a CPU cooler and 2) the retail CPU has a 3-year warranty (or is it 1 year?), while the OEM CPU has only a 30-day warranty.

The warranty issue is pretty moot, anyway. You'll pretty much know straight away if the CPU is problematic, so even thirty days is plenty. CPUs are either functional or D.O.A.

Hope this helps!
    
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whats the difference between those 2 and the open box version?

On newegg, the retail is $63.50, the OEM is $59.99, and the open box is $52.10 is it worth saving 10 bucks and getting the open box?
"Open Box" is almost always a retail item returned to the seller for whatever reason. It all depends on the seller, actually, because it determines the criteria for legitimate returns.

For sure, though, the seller will guarantee that an Open Box Item is fully functional. Beyond this, though, all other bets are off.
    
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post #7 of 15
If you plan on oc'ing your cpu i would recommend geting the retail version for taht extra warranty.. if you do everything right you wont need that.. but you are only human.. hopefully.. and we are known for making mistakes.. .. well actually now that i think about it.. if you oc it.. you cant send it back fro the warranty can you.. i would just pay and extra 10 bucks for retail.. never know
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post #8 of 15
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there is a combo w/ the hard drive that i was going to get w/ the OEM version so i think im going to get that
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post #9 of 15
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If you plan on oc'ing your cpu i would recommend geting the retail version for taht extra warranty.. if you do everything right you wont need that.. but you are only human.. hopefully.. and we are known for making mistakes.. .. well actually now that i think about it.. if you oc it.. you cant send it back fro the warranty can you.. i would just pay and extra 10 bucks for retail.. never know
Actually, without trying to be moralistic, this is a very dishonest way to use a warranty. It's a violation behind the idea of a warranty, in fact.

A warranty is basically a consumer's right to have a functional product when purchased new. This implies that the consumer will use the product (a CPU, in this case) as the manufacturer intended, that is, that it will function perfectly at stock speeds. This is the full extent of the manufacturer's obligation to the customer, and the limit of the customer's expectation.

Overclocking anything carries a certain amount of risk, especially for someone who doesn't really understand what he/she is doing. It is also something that is not covered by most warranties (some GPU manufacturers actually cover overclocking, but that is beyond this issue's scope). Damage incurred beyond the normal usage of the component is not covered by the warranty.

Therefore, if you damage your CPU when overclocking (which is something that is actually quite hard to do, unless you do something truly stupid), the manufacturer is no longer obligated to honor its warranty. To pursue a warranty claim after overclocking-incurred damage is dishonest, in my opinion.
    
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post #10 of 15
Ya thats what i thoguth but i wasnt for sure. pretty much any warranty is void if you use their product outside of what they intended it for.
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