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Old 12-30-2006, 01:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I finally ordered all my parts for my new computer!!! There is a good amount of buyers remorse right now, but once I get it up and running I think I'll be very pleased that I went ahead and did it. I have a question though, I purchased 3 OEM internal Hard drives (2 Sata and 1 IDE) and 1 OEM DVD Writer Drive. Is this a huge problem and will make it difficult to build my computer now? I did not know they were OEM when I purchased them online and was very disppointed when I found out today when I got them and saw what had happened. I am going to try to get a refund so I can find retail products because the OEM ones don't come with any cables, manuals, disks, or mounting brackets. I've never put a computer together so I don't know what the importance is of having reatil products rather than OEM, but it seems like it'd be easier with retail products (unless you already have everything else, which I don't). Please let me know what you guys think and I'd really appreciate it.

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Old 12-30-2006, 02:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well if you had bought 1 hardrive and 1 cd oem it wouldnt be too bad as most motherboards come with the cables to support at least 1 of each some supporting more. You could have always just bought a few extra cables for like 2 bucks each and it woul;d come out cheaper than original

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Old 12-30-2006, 02:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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it's not bad at all that you got those OEM. the premium you pay for retail versions is so inflated. your motherboard should have two SATA cables and probably two IDE (a.k.a ATA or PATA) cables which is enough to attach these.
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Old 12-30-2006, 03:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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my abit mobo came with 4 sata and 2 ide.
my dvd burner, hard drive, and windows xp are all oem.
i was worried, "there's no BOX"...woe is me.
they work fine. and if you don't have the cables, you can find them at pretty much any (respectable) shop.
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Old 12-30-2006, 08:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I used all OEM in my build , that way was a whole lot I used about 3 items that had rebates{case, ram,power supply}

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Old 12-30-2006, 09:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Alright, thank you everyone for your replys. I feel a little better now about having OEM hard drives and dvd writer. Yet, is there anything that I'm going to need for them other than cables. Is there anything I should get to mount them in the case or any drivers or such? I believe the case I got comes with mounting brackets, but I'm not sure if there's anything else I would need to get in order to install them into the case.

this is the case I got:

anyway, again, thank you very much for all your responses, it really helps me ease my mind knowing that I haven't just made things much harder on myself.

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