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My buddy who's helping me build my first computer was making fun of me for paying retail for my processor because he said I would of saved enough to cover a second 8800 if i would of bought a oem processor... Is that a bad or good thing? To have a OEM Processor? I mean are they the same thing as the retail but illegal to change the original machine?

Just want to know from someone besides him if I'm the fool,
post #2 of 22
OEM typically does not have box or cooler, and these day's in most cases isnt really any real savings from a "retail" processor, most place's dont even sell OEM proc's anymore since the price difference between them is really small anymore. And OEM proc's aren't tied to a specific machine or anything like that, it would be pretty hard to do something like that.
post #3 of 22
OEM means they dont come with a heatsink.

Its just the Processor.
post #4 of 22
Well OEM would only have the CPU with no instructions and HSF. I mean you would only save a very minimal amount of $ as in apprx. $20 maximum.

Also retail is exactly the same as OEM and you could change the CPU from the orginal machine.
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... so I am the fool?
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OEM means it doesn't come with the retail packaging... Unless they changed the definition.

Example:

- OEM Processor
- Retail Processor

Notice the box and what not...

And you are not a fool, my examples are not the same processor so you can't compare prices. If you could, the difference is small and buying retail is nothing to be ashamed of. I always buy retail, just because I like knowing it has been packaged professionally from the company itself.
    
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... so I am the fool?
fool for what?? You bought something that is good. IMO he is the fool cos you would not have saved enough for a 2nd VGA!!!
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Actually.. My CPU cost over 1k... he showed me a OEM on his laptop today for 700...
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See here the difference is only about $40 which you would have to add way more for a 2nd VGA.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DigitalBear View Post
Actually.. My CPU cost over 1k... he showed me a OEM on his laptop today for 700...
Looky look:

RETAIL QX9650

OEM QX9650


Notice the VERY SMALL difference...
    
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