CPU OEM vs. Retail

I am about to buy a new system:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/248291-31-this-pull-trigger

And it was suggested to me that I purchase my Q6600 OEM where I can be guaranteed a G0. First, how much am I missing by not getting the Retail version? Second, are there still Q6660s being shipped retail (Newegg) that AREN'T G0?

I am pretty novice-ish with all this. I've built two machines before, but it was like 7 years ago and its all so different. I don't want to put myself behind the 8-Ball by going OEM, but I of course want the G0!

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. OEM = Just the CPU

    Retail = CPU + Documentation + Stock heatsink + Some random plastic/cardboard packing + Normally/sometimes a longer warranty.

    So for OEM you need to buy your own cooler (which you'll want to do anyway if you want to overclock).
  2. Yes, I already ordered the TRUE. It should be here tomrrow. I plan on getting it lapped and ready to go.

    So... documentation wise... anything I can't find Online? Is there a compelling reason then to get the Retail?
  3. Since you've got a heatsink anyway ... the only thing which comes to mind is the warranty. OEM is normally 12months and Retail is 36months.
  4. OEM = if you are rookie to PC stuffs and accessories plus dont want the hastle of assembling

    Good OEM brands to suggest are Dell or Alienware... they provide good enthusiast PC's
  5. althius said:
    I am about to buy a new system:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/248291-31-this-pull-trigger

    And it was suggested to me that I purchase my Q6600 OEM where I can be guaranteed a G0. First, how much am I missing by not getting the Retail version? Second, are there still Q6660s being shipped retail (Newegg) that AREN'T G0?

    I am pretty novice-ish with all this. I've built two machines before, but it was like 7 years ago and its all so different. I don't want to put myself behind the 8-Ball by going OEM, but I of course want the G0!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    I was in the same boat last night. Had the OEM in the cart but did a quick compare on Newegg and the retail has a 3 year manufacturer warranty. The OEM didn't appear too. It would make sense that intel wouldn't warranty OEM procs because they sell them at a lower price. So that means the OEM, i.e. the place you get it from warrants it. Think it's 30 days with egg. So I changed to the Retail.
  6. ktheripper said:
    I was in the same boat last night. Had the OEM in the cart but did a quick compare on Newegg and the retail has a 3 year manufacturer warranty. The OEM didn't appear too. It would make sense that intel wouldn't warranty OEM procs because they sell them at a lower price. So that means the OEM, i.e. the place you get it from warrants it. Think it's 30 days with egg. Well at least that's how long you can exchange it. So I changed to the Retail.
  7. I buy OEM.

    I buy an aftermarket heatsink and I normally lap the processor within 3-6 months of getting it. That invalidates the warranty anyway.
  8. Good Point. My plan is lap the processor(down the road) anyway... so as long as I'm not missing any pieces with OEM, that might be the way to go.

    What about the process? Are there important instructions as far as placement goes? Can someone give me quick walkthough, or point me to a good guide?
  9. what sort of placement???
  10. In the motherboard. Anything special to know? Be aware of? Part needed?
  11. U mean the cpu???

    Theres only one place and one way. Its pretty self explanatory, open latch remove the covers and drop in. close latch and put on cooler
  12. coret said:
    Since you've got a heatsink anyway ... the only thing which comes to mind is the warranty. OEM is normally 12months and Retail is 36months.


    The funny thing is, I've never had a CPU fail in the modern era, but I've had motherboards fail. I've also had DOA mobos, but even pulled processors bought used were okay. Once it hits the channels, the worst we can expect are errata that don't come into play too often.

    If only everything else with PC's was as foolproof as processors!
  13. yipsl said:
    The funny thing is, I've never had a CPU fail in the modern era, but I've had motherboards fail. I've also had DOA mobos, but even pulled processors bought used were okay. Once it hits the channels, the worst we can expect are errata that don't come into play too often.

    If only everything else with PC's was as foolproof as processors!


    I've been pretty lucky with motherboards ... for me the least reliable components have been RAM and video cards (video cards all died due to memory errors though ... so still RAM :p)
  14. what does lap the processor mean
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