The little things...
Posted 24 June 2008 - 09:21 PM
Posted 25 June 2008 - 06:03 AM
Some good questions! Hopefully, some good answers:
The difference between OEM and Retail is pretty much the packaging and "extras". For a CPU, OEM means Processor only (in a basic protective box of some sort). Retail means Processor and heatsink/fan, thermal paste (usually pre-applied), flashy box, and manual. If you aren't overclocking, go retail and use the included heatsink/fan.
All hard drives and optical drives (DVD Burners etc...) that come as OEM are the drive itself. The retail version will include installation screws, flashy box, manual, and a CD with some form of software on it (e.g. Nero and troubleshooting tools).
Depending on how many components are going to need it, you shouldn't need to be getting any extra SATA cables. Just make sure you get the retail version motherboard, and it will come with a few in the box. Differences (apart from length) are limited to a standard cable, a "right-angled" cable designed for cable management, and Gigabyte's version with a small locking mechanism on it.
The only tools you will require are a good philips head screw driver, pointy-nose pliers (in case you drop any screws in a hard-to-reach spot), and an anti-static wrist strap for handling the sensitive components.
As a heads up, just make sure the motherboard, CPU, and case (minimum) are all retail, they will usually ship with enough stuff to cover the rest being OEM. (e.g. the case should come with enough screws to install the hard drive and DVD Burner).
And you're welcome to post the parts list if you wish, we can offer some advice if you want it.
Posted 25 June 2008 - 11:42 AM
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