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  • What is an OEM?

    for my new pc i need an operating system, so can some on tell me if this will do
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...tid=20&subcat=
    the only thing i have noticed is it is an oem, what does this mean????
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    Re: What is an OEM?

    Original Equipment Manufacturer

    It means the hardware/software is meant for system builders. It doesn't come in a fancy box or maybe lacks a driver CD. For software, it means you must make a system purchase or some sort to get the OEM software. For an OS, there might be restrictions on whether you can buy it or not. Technically, the shop should be checking that the buyer is meeting the requirements of OEM (ie. buying a system).

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    • #3
      Re: What is an OEM?

      What i am doign is buying my pc in parts and then assembling them at home. So would i be able to use this disk to install vista onto a nw computer I am building?? and would i beable to recieve vista updates?
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      • #4
        Re: What is an OEM?

        yes

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        • #5
          Re: What is an OEM?

          OEM is the same software as regular retail. The difference is it's sold to manufacturers for building systems.

          If you can buy it, go for it. It's usually cheaper.

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          • #6
            Re: What is an OEM?

            The only difference between retail and OEM Vista is retail packages the 64-bit version as well, where as OEM only packs in the 32/64-bit (depending on which one you bought).
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            • #7
              Re: What is an OEM?

              Sorry even more questions, for anyone who feels liek helpign this idiot that is me. I am buying an ati card but just one for the moment, is there any advantage with having an ATI crossfire motherboard, or should I stick to a cheaper Nvidia chipset motherboard?
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              • #8
                Re: What is an OEM?

                most of the time SLI or Crossfire isnt worth the cost of a second card with a small performance boost. Most people will just buy a new card instead of a second older one.
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                • #9
                  Re: What is an OEM?

                  SLI really comes in handy when you run huge resolutions for games, not a huge improvement for games otherwise, for now I'd stick with the cheaper board but make sure the manufacturer is reliable (Asus is a good one)
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                  • #10
                    Re: What is an OEM?

                    I'm running an OEM version of Vista Home Premium x64 and I couldn't be happier with it. I thought it was a much better deal than going with the retail box. Also, I'd stick with a single card. Crossfire/SLi is cool but it's not worth the money and effort it takes to get it working properly.
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                    • #11
                      Re: What is an OEM?

                      I have bought it, and compared to my old box...........
                      ITS A BEAST!!!!
                      Before you judge a man, try walking a mile in their shoes first. That way your a mile away and you have their shoes.

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