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Which should I get, the OEM Q6600 w/out the fan or the Retail one? I am planning to use an OCZ Vendetta 2 for cooling. Also, would I need to lap the CPU? Does anyone know what batch numbers Newegg is shipping on their processors currently? Thanks.
post #2 of 7
You wont need to lap the CPU. The difference between OEM and Retail is that in Retail you get the cheap heatsink (worthless for quads) and the pretty Core 2 sticker.
Get the OEM.

As far as the batch, I would call Newegg and ask.

Edit: there is a difference in warranties but since your lapping it doesnt matter.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 6/3/08 at 2:51pm
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Retail you get 3 year warenty.If your gonna lap you not gonna have any need for it.OEM is for you
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Get OEM, not like you'll use the stock cooler anyway.
 
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post #5 of 7
When you choose retail CPU's you aren't just paying for the cooler and sticker, you also get a three year warranty as opposed to the normal one year warranty of OEM CPU's.
post #6 of 7
Ive never used a warranty for a cpu in my pc life.... If its a lemon you will know it long before a year..

Go OEM, OC it and run it for a while to make sure all is good...

If heat becomes an issue, lap it.... but Id wait a good month to be sure the cpu is going to hold up, cause once you lap, you own..

for me, mine dies and its an excuse to get a q6700, hopefully it wont die til the Q9650 is out tho
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post #7 of 7
With the exception of the pretty box...there is really no need to pick up the retail version. As it's been said above already...your going to be lapping it...so the warranty difference in null.

I'll echo 10acjed about waiting a bit before lapping to make sure you have a good CPU.
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