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Old 07-30-2005, 09:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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so i see. i think OEM is the way to go for some things then. what shouldnt i get OEM??
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Old 07-30-2005, 09:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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JUST STAY AWAY FROM EBAY!!111

nah um..

I dont know really.


I bought my computer, fully retail stuff. And not a lot of stuff you can get is OEM, CPUs are, cd drives...

any more ? :S
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It's worth it to get retail CPU's...
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It's worth it to get retail CPU's...

Exactly I would rather have a 3 year warranty then nothing at all
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weird my OEM stuff comes with everything its supposed to. i bought a OEM tv tuner and it came with all the stuff and paid half the price. got lucky maybe?
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Careful with that OEM, Eugene.

OEM hardware ususlly comes with less of a warranty or no warranty. Would you want that 5 year warranty on the Raptor or Barracuda drive? Damn straight you would. Pay the extra on hard drives and CPU's definitely.

As mentioned, depending on the product an OEM piece of harware may not come with the bundled software, accessories or packaging that a retail version would. Up to you if that is significant.

OEM software is usually sold bundled with hardware.
If you have an OEM Windows on your PC with the sticker on the side, it is locked in to that PC and you can't use it on a different one even if that PC dies. That's the tradeoff for the lower cost.

However... Every software pirate in the world claims that their burned CDs are "OEM" and that's why they are 90% off of the retail price. Those are just flat-out lies. So you have to look twice when you see ANY adverised goods that say "OEM". They will be either reduced-warranty, not legal for resale or outright phony.

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aite thanks everyone for your input.
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