Originally posted by P.P. Mguire
so if i bought a soundcard OEM would i get the drivers too? Or if i bought a video card would i get the VIVO adapter and drivers as well?
That depends what type of OEM it is. If it is an OEM SI you won't get drivers most of the time. For example, the Audigy 2 ZS OEM SI does not come with a driver disk so really you're screwed if you buy that since Creative's website does not offer full drivers but driver updates. Ebay had some instances where someone sold OEM SI and claimed it to be OEM and a ton of people who bought it couldn't use them.
If you buy OEM basically you're buying barebone. You won't get the "software" that comes with retail. I bought an Audigy 2 ZS OEM and it came with the soundcard, drivers and apps, joystick output but it didn't come with the "extra" software, cables (CD/DVD-ROM cable), and the retail box. Sometimes OEMs come in a generic box if it is shipped but if you buy from a store it basically comes in a static protected bag. OEM SIs only come with the soundcard nothing else.
Honestly OEM is the way to go...it is cheaper but no support but some stores offer tech help as well as manufacturer warranty but you have to bring it back to the store you bought it from. you save a ton by buying OEM I saved over $75 CAD.