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post #11 of 18
with the retail you get a better warranty and a stock heatsink/fan with it

OEM is cheaper, which is basically the only plus, but you'll often get better steppings with OEM cpu's after the good steppings have already been seeded out in retail channels
    
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i'm surprised that the OEM is more expensive then retail. i'd take the retail if those prices are right. 3 year warranty, plus a decent HSF.
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Ok my next question is what is the best stepping for the 170 and also for the 175 if they are different. I would like to get the 175 if prices drop by the time I order it. Thanks.
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I think about the only stepping that people have encountered thus far is CCBWE for the 170 and 175. On another oc forum the overclock ranged from 2500 to 2970MHz for about a dozen members that had it. Seems like the 170's might overclock better, but not as many people have the 175 and perhaps they are not as aggresive with their overclocking as the 170 owners. Hope this helps.
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Ok my next question is what is the best stepping for the 170 and also for the 175 if they are different. I would like to get the 175 if prices drop by the time I order it. Thanks.
remember, YMMV on overclocking.

http://forums.extremeoverclocking.co...d.php?t=207189

i'm starting to get really anxious about OCing mine.

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get the retail, and if you dont use the heatsink cut it up into smaller coolers for chipset, mosfets, memory....u name it!
You must have the "Retail" HFS for the "Retail" warranty now!!!
Also... Monarch reserves the right to substitute CPUs when you buy an extended warranty... something I just learned the other day
    
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Also... Monarch reserves the right to substitute CPUs when you buy an extended warranty... something I just learned the other day
That sounds like a bunch of B.S. to me. I would say maybe if they had your model out of stock and the next step in that processor in stock and they want to substitute. Otherwise they could really screw you over.

You send in a FX-60 and they send you back a 3000+, lol. Why don't they just stop offering the warranty if they do not want to honor it?
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