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What do you guys get?
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personally id go retail for the warranty.
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Retail.
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Originally Posted by frostbite
What do you guys get?
OEM products dont come in a box, they also dont have instructions/user manuals/and no guarantee, (Some OEM products do come with a 30day warranty though) Processors dont come with the heatsink, just the processor.

Retail products do come in a box with instructions/user manuals/ and warranty. Buy a processor in a retail box and you get the stock heatsink etc.

Ive just bought a OEM Opteron 144, I got it considerably cheap aswell.
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not entirely true inspire actually some HDD maufaturers offer a 5 year warranty instead of a 3 year warranty for OEM products because they save money on packaging but HDD's are the only thing ive seen like this
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I was just about to edit my post, but WaxShop beat me to it. The two WD OEM 80GB SATA drives I just purchased come with a 5 year warranty, where as the boxed drives at Best Buy only come with a 3 year.
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retail cpus, oem drives
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Originally Posted by ThaWaxShop
not entirely true inspire actually some HDD maufaturers offer a 5 year warranty instead of a 3 year warranty for OEM products because they save money on packaging but HDD's are the only thing ive seen like this
I was mainly baseing that theory on processors, you are completely correct, Ive got a couple of OEM hard drives with a 5 year warranty on.
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post #9 of 14
Sometimes oem, but most of the time retail...retail has a few more advantages and sometimes i just like the look of new things in a new box with new wrapping lol
    
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Depends on what you buy and how you are going to use it. I usually buy OEM because I'm such a cheap bastard and don't care less about the warranty. I overclock the crap out of my CPUs as soon as I get my little hands on them so warranties are a waste; I use aftermarket heatsinks too. However, if their is little to no price difference between retail and OEM then then I would go for retail for the extra goodies (mainly the software on optical drives, you couldn't ask me to shell out $100US for a retail version of Nero). Big software like Windows I buy OEM (althought I hear retail versions are a better investment if running multiple computers). Of course, this is when I buy for myself. If I'm getting parts for someone else I get retail for the warranty mainly.
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