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OEM operating system can only be used once on the computer it was designated to be used on...

OEM only means that for operating systems... for everything else, it just means it comes without all the usual packaging (with CPUs, it means it doesn't come with the stock heatsink)
 

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The whole "Can only be used on the same PC" only applies to the OS.
You may use the CPU on as many different (compatible) boards you want.
 

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Originally Posted by Slipp View Post
The whole "Can only be used on the same PC" only applies to the OS.
You may use the CPU on as many different (compatible) boards you want.

Yup. There is no such thing as a EULA for a CPU

OEM is an acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

Usually these OEM parts are cheaper than retail because as killa said, they come without certain parts, ie the heatsink for a cpu.
 

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Originally Posted by neDav View Post
Exactly as Killa, Slipp & jam3s says. But I do believe I used an Dell XP disc and installed it on an HP before.
Using a pre-installed version of windows intended for an oem machine is against microsofts EULA. Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should.


At any rate, OEM just means original equipment manufacturer.
 

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An OEM CPU usually comes with NO heatsink and only a one year warranty.

As opposed to a Boxed CPU which comes with a heatsink and a 3 year warranty.
 

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This term (OEM) is used in many different industries and for many different applications. In general, OEM hardware is boxed as just the hardware alone. It is often sold to PC builders and the like to be used in prebuilt machines. The big differences are the accessories included (no wires, manuals or coolers etc.) and the warranty. OEM usually has a lesser warranty than a boxed retail version.

In general, if you have the other needed items (like a CPU cooler for an OEM CPU or a SATA cable for an OEM hdd) they are a better deal. I usually swap out HW before the shorter warranty is up, anyways.

As stated, you are confusing MS's OEM Windows EULA with the OEM term in general.
 
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