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Thread: Question about OEM




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    Any one have any thoughts and/or suggestions about buying 'OEM' parts? It seems that they're cheaper and the only draw back being the warranty...

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    I've bought OEM stuff before, and it's (usually--IBM hdd's the exception) been fine.

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    I nearly always buy OEM. The trade-off if no fancy bix, no retail add-on programs and utilities, and usually limited warranty. Other than this, it is rare that you will ever notice any difference (the Radeon video boards being the only exception that I can think of off the top of my head).
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    Yup, I almost always buy O.E.M. components over Retail.

    Exceptions for me are CPUs - both Intel and AMD - I have seen several remarked CPUs in my time, and all have been O.E.M. "tray" versions. The warranty is also 3 years with a boxed AMD or Intel CPU, whereas an OEM chip carries between 30 days and 12 months (depending on where you purchased it from).

    Oh - and yes ATi video cards are also much better purchased as a retail boxed item - the O.E.M. versions usually are anaemic in features :mad:

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    My preference is for OEM too unless a bundled software is required. :smokin:
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