I am about to order my parts for my first build pc. I recently picked out an x1800xt, which is awsome, on newegg. But, yesterday, the card doesn't show up on newegg as retail. Only OEM. I was dissapointed but unsure what to do next.
I want to get the x1800xt retail on newegg, but would the OEM be that much of a difference? Also, I am considering getting a 7900gt or x1900, but thinking I should get the x1800xt OEM card.
What is my best choice?
If you purchase this Open box product you will receive an OEM BAREBONE, meaning it is just the item itself. Accessory items are NOT INCLUDED with Open box products. Accessories are shown in the pictures so that customers will know what is missing from the item.
You could get lucky and Newegg may send you the item complete with all the retail accessories. Happened to my friend. He ordered an Open Box ATI Radeon X1800XT and received the item complete with the retail (opened) box, driver discs, software, cables/adapters, and documentation.
Though it's not advertised, so it shouldn't be expected.
To me at least, the most important things included in retail video cards are the bundled software. My friend got the full edition of Nero and PowerDVD (i think it was). Other than the fact that the item is more resaleable with retail inclusions, there's really not a whole lotta worth in having all those accessories.
$184.51 is an excellent price for that class of video card.
Newegg will probably continue to sell the retail version of the X1800XT but is probably just out of stock now. ATI is preparing for the release of the X1950 XTX & CrossFire cards, so I believe they're trying to clear out some stock of their current "high end" cards (X1800XT included). Since with these low prices, more people are buying them up. As evidenced by the fact that the Radeon X1900XTX, X1900 CrossFire, & X1800XT are presently out of stock at Newegg.
X1950 XTX & CrossFire cards are set to appear on the market between Sept. 11 - 14. However some retail outlets are claiming they won't be receiving shipments until Sept. 19 (with quantities as few as 10 per location).
I do recommend the X1800XT though; great price and high performance in even today's top games.