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Buying a processor. What’s the difference between OEM and Retail?

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December 27, 2009 10:23:02 PM

Hello All,

What’s the difference between OEM and Retail? Does it really matter for buying an i7 processor?

The reason that I ask is because I am going to buy an i7 processor for the gaming system I am building. I am considering one of two processors. One processor is the

i7 – 950 3.06 GHz: cost: $569.99 - RETAIL

and the other processor is the

i7 – 960 3.2 GHz: cost: $574.99 – OEM

For the extra $5.00, I would prefer to have the extra Ghz. Is there a big difference? Does it really matter which one I buy?

Thanks,
Jim
December 27, 2009 10:25:16 PM

Retail comes with a HSF and OEM doesnt.
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December 27, 2009 10:27:22 PM

sirheck said:
Retail comes with a HSF and OEM doesnt.


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December 27, 2009 10:28:12 PM

Oh, heat sink and fan. Thank you.
I'll go with the OEM because I am buying separate and better HSF.
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