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I saw that Newegg has an open box ASRock P67 EXTREME4 available.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813157229R

$65 cheaper than a brand new one.

What are you experiences with open box mobos?

My current Asus mobo was an open box purchase from Newegg. It's worked for 5+ years now. However it has always had the problem of losing its BIOS settings more times than not when it loses power due to being unplugged or a power failure.
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Never had any issues at all, purchased a few for builds that I have done in the past and the customers never had any issues. If they did not include driver discs etc all I did was try and locate them via the manufacturers site or run CPU-Z if possible to figure it out. Worst case scenario is it was opened and dropped or thrown around and caps fell off etc.

I don't think newegg would sell crap like that though, I figure order one and see what happens. You can always send it back to Newegg or have they dropped that policy?
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Go for it, I have two of those boards. I also got one of these boards last week when they were priced at 104.99 and free shipping. Looked brand new. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131705R The worst open box I ever got from Newegg was a 750i with nothing inside of the box, except the MB. It did work.
    
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Go for it, I have two of those boards. I also got one of these boards last week when they were priced at 104.99 and free shipping. Looked brand new. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131705R The worst open box I ever got from Newegg was a 750i with nothing inside of the box, except the MB. It did work.
Thanks guys for the replies. I had the same issue, my current open box mobo came with nothing, no cables, no manual, not even the inputs faceplate. But IIRC, it was stated by newegg that mobo came with nothing and they weren't lying. ha
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my gd-80 is an open box its really a toss up weather or not it comes with the extras.
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I have gotten both, some with everything and some with just the board. Warranty is the same on MSI and Asus, so no worries there.
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Thanks for the replies. I should have jumped on that ASRock open box mobo, it's sold out now.
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My first time was perfect, board was complete just like new. Second was a okay... board worked but was missing just about everything else. The missing IO plate was really annoying.
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Not sure why, but open box mobo prices on Newegg have SKYROCKETED. Some of the open box boards cost as much as the retail ones.
Example:
Open box price is $109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813157230R

Retail box price is 109.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157230

Maybe this means it comes with all accessories, so why not just buy the retail one?
Also, while a missing I/O shield may be annoying, it's not required. That's why open box is so hit/miss, if you don't get an I/O shield or other accessories that a normal retail box mobo would include & you want them, it can be costly to get them if you don't already have bunches of cables, etc. I know for a fact that I/O shields can be hard to find & when you do find one, it's like $20 for a piece of machined sheet metal.

All ranting aside, seriously Newegg jacked up the open box mobo prices in the last month or so.
For example this board used to cost like $90, & now it's $139. A $50 price difference! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813121511R
Although if it comes with everything included, (I/O shield, cables, Driver discs, etc.) that might be OK.
 
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I bought my AsRock P67 Fatal1ty (Ugh) professional as an open box, and it came with every single component, All unopened. I also contacted AsRock in case something was missing, such as the I/O shield, and they can send you it for free as long as you pay for shipping, which was $5 to me in california.
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