P4, oem vs retail

  ambrosi 08:55 10 Mar 03


I'm looking to purchase the Pentium 4 3.06 GHz Processor as a stand-alone chip for a system I am building.

Dabs are selling the boxed version for £503 (I think this includes a fan), but Watford are offering the chip for about £450. I presume this must be an oem version(?). Apart from not getting the fan (this is not a problem) does anyone know of any other diadvantages of going oem as opposed to retail?

  Gongoozler 09:46 10 Mar 03

Hi ambrosi. I've not bought any P4 processors, but from my experience the only difference between an OEM chip and a retail package is that the OEM will probably be the processor in an antistatic package of some kind in a jiffy bag. The retail version will be in an Intel box and include the heatsink and fan. I did notice that E-Buyer quote a 3-year limited warranty click here, but Watford don't mention the warranty click here=

  davidg_richmond 10:25 10 Mar 03

you only get a 3 year warranty with the retail (boxed) version, as far as i am aware.

  justinv 13:22 10 Mar 03

Why are you buying from there try click here or click here for much better prices.

  Gongoozler 15:23 10 Mar 03

justinv, much better prices? Scan 3.06GHz Intel® Pentium® £645.08 inc vat. Microdirect £481.75 inc vat. Ebuyer £492.20 inc vat. Watford (Savastore) £464.13 inc vat. It certainly pays to shop around.

  Stuartli 15:48 10 Mar 03

I think you must be mistaken about Scan's price, which is listed as:

LN4554 3.066GHz Hyper Threading (533FSB) Intel Pentium® 4 CPU 512k Cache * S478 * OEM £399.30 £469.18 (with VAT)

You do have to add p and p.

  Stuartli 15:52 10 Mar 03

Whatever the price it's an awful lot of money to spend on a CPU, especially when you think that a quite useful system (probably without monitor) can be built for around the same price...:-)

My son built a full system, including 17in Samsung monitor, Asus BareBones Terminator case, 900MHz Duron, 20GB HDD etc for £405 including VAT - all bought from Scan - for a friend about a year ago. He could probably do even better today CPU wise..

  Gongoozler 17:21 10 Mar 03

Stuartli you're right, I was looking at LN4768 3.06GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 Xeon™ 533FSB CPU 512K Cache (Prestonia). As I have didn't spend more that about £25 for my Duron, I'm dazzled and befuddled by these super powered and super priced P4s. I'm sure there must be a diffence between a Pentium 4 and a Pentium 4 Xeon to justify nearly £200 price hike, but I don't know what it is.

  ambrosi 17:30 10 Mar 03

Thanks for the feedback guys.

I initially need the machine for high end 3D games and an ability to run all the leagues on the new Championship Manager *face reddens slightly*

However, eventually, I would like to branch out into a bit of programming and re-live my life as a Speccy 48k owner, in addition to enjoying the system as a whole.

I decided on the 3.06 chip as I’m quite attracted to the Hyper-Threading potential and hope to pair it with various other high-end components on about a £2k budget. Thus giving the machine a bit of longevity.

Do you really think it’s not worth the extra money?

  minter 17:48 10 Mar 03

Have just built myself a P4 computer.
I decided to get a 2.533 instead of a 3.06 processor not only because there is approx. £200 difference, but for the money you save you can stuff your computer with RAM, whick I think would be far better buy than a couple of points on the scale of the processor.

Gigabyte GA-SINXP1394
P4 2.533 oem
Sapphire Radeon 9700 pro
PC3200 512mb x 4
CD-RW x 2
Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9 80gb x 2
Maxtor Diamondmax Plux 9 40gb x 2
Windows XP Pro

And it flies!!!! - and it did not cost anywhere near £2k

  Gongoozler 10:26 11 Mar 03

I think there is a rule-of-thumb that to get a noticeable increase in pc speed, you need to increase the processor speed by about 50%. If that is true in this case, then there is unlikely to be any noticeable difference between a 2.5G and a 3.06G P4. Whatever you buy will be well down the speed scale by this time next year. As the manufacturers always heavily load the price of the fastest devices, then I would suggest the 2.8G would be a better buy than the 3.06G.

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