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Willy Jonasty Jul 19, 2005, 09:17am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Alright, this is definitely an embarassing question, but what does OEM stand for and why does everyone say don't buy OEM?

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Edited: Jul 19, 2005, 09:33am EDT

 
>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer.

People say dont buy OEM cause it means that the component has arrived to the seller ( who is the customiser and referred to as original equipment manufacturer... very misleading but its true) in bulk hence he can avail hefty discount and he can sell it off cheap cause he isnt subjected to the reseller price hikes because of packaging,free cd's , cables and other goodies.

Basically Retail means the manufacturer has decided upon the contents of the package and priced it accordingly. While OEM means that a customiser ( who is now called an Original equipment manufacturer) has got the card direct from factory having paid the manufacturer the basic price and intends to customise the package and price it himself. SInce OEM's are subject to hardware customisation as well they dont usually carry the manufacturer warranty.

another meaning : OEM's buy products from different companys integrate it and sell it under another brand. eg Dell and Compaq. They take processors,motherboards,HDD's etc from various companys and sell it under customised (boards are often customised at the hardware level) combinations.


In the original meaning however, OEM stood for a company that manufactured the base product and sold it under various brand names. For eg Moserbaer CD's used to cell under various brands carrying their logos.

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Willy Jonasty Jul 19, 2005, 09:35am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
Ohhh, I see....Thanks man....

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
So is it bad to buy an OEM processor? I want to buy a 3.4 ghz Northwood processor, and the only ones I can find are OEM...

Have they been tampered with at all?

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
Mmm... that 3.4 GHz Northwood is nice. I want one. :)

"...Have they been tampered with at all?"

Doubt it. Few companies can fiddle around with any electronic component as complex as that, and be able to sell it functionally.

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
There's nothing wrong with buying OEM kit, so long as you don't need the cables and manuals etc you'd usually expect from retail kit. You'll need to buy a HS/F if you're giong to get an OEM processor though.

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
any warranty from the original manufactuer doesnt apply as it would on a retail version of the same item.

example, retail AMD processor is 3 years, OEM is most likley whatever the reseller decides

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
if and when you get this processor, make sure you get the heatsink and fan like that one dude said. ALSO, when u get the processor in, put some thermal paste on the processor. (follow instructions on tube on how much to put on it) then spread it with a razor or something flat. put the thermal paste on the little square chip as shown in the following link. http://www.pcbuyerbeware.co.uk/AMDAthlon.jpg

spread the paste with something flat. perferably a razor blade (so u can throw it away) then put on the heatsink carefully. if the fan is not yet attached to the heatsinc, put that on next and plug the fan cord into the appropriate socket on the motherboard and your done.

cause with tech. now adays, the faster something is, the cooler it needs to be. if you dont have a heatsink and fan, you are putting your processor at risk for overheating.

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
processors are packaged discrete electonic components, so they cannto be tampered with (well its very hard to tamper with it and not leave a trail of pysical damage).
OEM in processors means the cpu's arrive in a batch without packaging or anything, which means that the HSF does not arrive with the processor from the facory.
The warranty will be given by the vendor , he will interface with the manufacturer. So clear up the warranty procedures before u buy it.
Again the HSF will be slapped together with the OEM cpu, ie it is NOT what arrives from the factory.
People who buy retail processors avail the warranty with the box. In OEM case there is no box, its the vendor who is the guarantor.... this is the usual process but check it up before u buy.

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Willy Jonasty Jul 22, 2005, 09:18am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
Alright, I am kind of worried about this though...does it come in a box that you can tell has never been opened? or are they just gonna send it to me in a plastic baggie...

Also, the company I am looking at is http://www.runtimecc.com

does anyone know if they are legit or trustworthy?

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Josh Jul 22, 2005, 09:28am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
It probably will just come in a plastic baggie. An antistatic one, but it won't come it an original box.

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Willy Jonasty Jul 22, 2005, 09:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
Will I be able to tell if it has been opened or not? Like Ziplock? or a real non-static bag that you have to tear open for the first time and can never reseal...

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garrett m Jul 22, 2005, 09:42am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
i dunno about that company bud..........

but from somewhere reputable i'd say for you, you can go OEM...

i got retail because it was the same price as OEM (roughly) and it came with a HSF with my proc, plus i get a 3 year warranty (which i may have voided, but if i didn't overclock i woulda had a 3 year warranty), but with a OEM it was a 30 day warranty from newegg, not a 3 year from AMD....

you are going to overclock, so it'll void the warranty anyways and u may be able to pick up the proc and that hsf you wanted for the same price as that would be retail....

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Josh Jul 22, 2005, 09:47am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
It looks like that northwood 3.4 is hard to find. Here's the only place I could find with it. http://store.yahoo.com/outletpc/c1367.html

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Willy Jonasty Jul 22, 2005, 09:53am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
Haha, thanks for looking that up....I know how hard it is to find one of those processors

I am a little wierded out buying from a place that I have never heard anything from, especially OEM...I found this place http://www.runtimecc.com that sells an OEM version for $260, but I have never heard of it or anything about it...

I want the 3.4, but Newegg is selling a 3.2 and its retail, I may be forced to get the 3.2 just to be safe...I really want the 3.4 however...

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garrett m Jul 22, 2005, 09:54am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
whats the price difference?


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Willy Jonasty Jul 22, 2005, 09:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
same exact price

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
shipping?

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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
I would get the 3.2 just to be safe.

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Willy Jonasty Jul 22, 2005, 09:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
Yeah...ill probably get the 3.2...thanks guys...I am out...later....

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garrett m Jul 22, 2005, 09:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: What does OEM stand for?
i had run into the same problem w/buying my processor, except there was a $50 difference (USD) between 3200+ and a 3000+ and ur not gonna notice it except in benchmarks, plus i had it OCed to a 3200+ w/out any real problems.. however look at the shipping too.. sometimes these other compnay's charge 4x Newegg or whatever

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