View Full Version : OEM vs. retail
06-19-2001, 02:56 AM
Is it really worth the extra $$$ to get a retail processor?.
Im looking to get an Athlon 266FSB, and was looking at the 1.2 models. Now I can get an OEM one for $110, but a retail one costs $170+. Would I be better off spending the $60 and getting the retail version? Any horror stories of buying an OEM and having it crap out on you? Any good stories about buying an OEM?
06-19-2001, 05:46 AM
There's a thread about OEM vs Retail in AMD Realm.
06-19-2001, 06:04 AM
95% of the processors I buy are OEM. You get a shorter warranty, but with OEM you can find 90 days or 1 year w/o much effort. In short, find a good price on http://www.pricewatch.com/ and check http://www.resellerratings.com/ to see what others think of the store. If in doubt, pay an extra 5 or 10 bucks to get your OEM CPU from a business with a good reputation.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it,
06-19-2001, 08:31 AM
I am considering geting a combo motherboard and CPU or a Barebones Kit from one of the vendors on pricewatch. Some of the combos and barebones have been tested. Seems like an easy way to tell whether your processor purchase results in a working unit.
06-19-2001, 10:21 AM
that seems like a good idea but do they use oem or retail processors? :)
06-19-2001, 12:20 PM
Buy the OEM.
Spend half the difference on a good heatsink/fan.
06-19-2001, 12:59 PM
The last two processors that I've purchased have been retail-with retail heat sinks and fans. The two before have been OEM.
On one hand, retail is cool because you save some $$ in not having to buy a HSF (they come with them), and the price equals about that of an OEM cpu and a HSF.
On the other hand, for the money that you're going to spend, you can get a better HSF that will allow you to overclock beyond what would be possible with a stock HSF.
I've never burned out a processor, either OEM or Retail.
(I will most likely purchase OEMs from now on for my computers (for better overclocking), and retail cpus for comptuers that I build (for piece of mind).
Just some info to consider....
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