Difference between this OEM and Retail Motherboard?

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  1. Strife

    Strife Active Member

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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...9&Submit=ENE&Manufactory=1157&SubCategory=280

    They are the exact same motherboards but the regular retail version is $329 and the OEM is $159.

    Is the 2nd one an 'open box' returned refurbished item? Should I trust it, my range for a new motherboard for the computer I'm building is roughly $200, I'm looking for Core 2 Duo support and 2 PCI x16 slots. DDR2 667+ is fine for ram. So the OEM one looks good but the retial one is a bit pricey...

    **Edit: after looking at harddrives OEM just means it comes with no other parts besides the mobo correct? No cables or anything, what would be the better deal, this is my first computer I'm building from scratch.
     
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  2. jeyur

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    OEM means you get ONLY the motherboard

    Retail means you get everything that comes in the box. including cables, and sometimes games

    Open box means someone returned it and they checked it and it is ok so they are reselling it. It should still be covered under warranty
     
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    i guess it depends on your budget
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You mention that you want a pair of x16 slots.

    I take it that means you may want to do an SLI setup at some point?

    Because you can't do SLI on Intel boards.
     

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