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I picked up an Open Box Sabertooth FX990 board from Microcenter. It was missing the back plate, but I got it for $70 after the $40 discount with my FX8120. Runs like a champ. My Microcenter also has the CHV OB for $175 and if you get a CPU then there is another $40 off. The three I looked at were all complete. I already have one other wise I would have gotten one of those too. Both are solid boards, but they are top of the line with a lot features.
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You have yours at 4.3 with all 6 cores running right? I wonder if I could get it up to 4.0 if I shut down 2 of the cores
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some have with a good board Im running 1333 PHY ram I can over clock to 1550
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it could be me Ive bought 4 diffrent Bio star boards and all have been nothing but trouble I swore off them after a AM3 board tryed to impersonate a BBQ

I'll be sure to keep a bag of marshmallows onhand for that occasion....biggrin.gif

Seriously, I don't believe I'll have too much to worry about from it. I'll probrably use either the 555 BE unlocked or maybe my 960T in it for daily use.
I really need to reclaim my 720 BE from the wife's system too and may do just that before long and let her use the 555 for awhile.
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Is that a standard practice of micro center to allow the substitution of an open box item with the processor + mobo bundle?


It probably still wouldn't be worth it to buy a processor and try to sell it for the $40 savings. It'd be 153.27 as opposed to 87.56. Wonder if you would have trouble getting more than $65 for a 1045t?
Edited by mgaugha2 - 5/4/12 at 11:25pm
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i got the ASRock 990fx Extreme 3 for my 1075t brilliant board.

16 / 16 X for sli. overclocks fine have mine at 4Ghz atm.

Only cost me £70
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it could be me Ive bought 4 diffrent Bio star boards and all have been nothing but trouble I swore off them after a AM3 board tryed to impersonate a BBQ
The ones that are being discussed here are part of what their marketing people called the "T-Overclocker Series," which, aside from the silly marketing, are boards made to a higher quality standard than the el cheapo stuff that Biostar usually offers. The TA990FXE and TA970XE won't blow up if you overclock on them. Better PCB's, better MOSFETs with heatsinks on them; not as good as an ASUS Sabertooth by any means, but still good boards.
     
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Is that a standard practice of micro center to allow the substitution of an open box item with the processor + mobo bundle?
It probably still wouldn't be worth it to buy a processor and try to sell it for the $40 savings. It'd be 153.27 as opposed to 87.56. Wonder if you would have trouble getting more than $65 for a 1045t?

You have to ask a manager and also point out on the ad that it states "Any compatible motherboard". I have done it quite a bit. I got a Gigabyte 870 MB for $10 after the discount with a 960t and a friend I took in got his CHV for $135 after buying it with a FX8120. Considering their chips are discounted too, it might be worth looking at if you can find a great deal on an Open Box MB.
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some have with a good board Im running 1333 PHY ram I can over clock to 1550

/my hyperX blu is 1333 running at 1444 thumb.gif
gets a little unstable around the 1550
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