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Originally Posted by tsm106 View Post

The other good thing about a brick and mortar openbox, is that you can inspect the board and accessories before purchase.

This, I would take a pic from egg with all the accessories that come with that mobo and see if any of them are missing this might help you haggle a better price maybe? and allow you see what is missing.
post #12 of 28
Just read the return policy on open box items. Newegg is pretty stingy on them and that completely turned me off of buying those from them; check to make sure all items or at least the ones important to you are included.
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Just read the return policy on open box items. Newegg is pretty stingy on them and that completely turned me off of buying those from them; check to make sure all items or at least the ones important to you are included.

This is microcenter. I was just there last week to buy a second SSD for raid0 and I noticed these open box motherboards in that section. There is no plastic or shrink wrap around the packages, just a string wrapped around it like a present, I assume they would let me open it up and inspect it before buying.

I just wonder if my wife will be cool with me doing a fresh OS install two weeks in a row haha. I guess plus an hour to swap the mobo and clean up the components... We have two small children and when I lock my self in the office for several hours I always get **** for it. Can't even bring the older one with me (2 year old) because hes an absolute terror pulling every cord and pushing the power and reset buttons constantly unless I am physically holding him with one hand.
Edited by chronicfx - 11/27/12 at 11:50am
post #14 of 28
How about you go to Microcenter take detailed pics and upload them with your phone, assuming your phone is capable of that so that we can see the mobo and let you know if its a good deal biggrin.gif j/k I just want to see it.
post #15 of 28
its not microcenter, but i have bought many open box motherboards off NCIX's ebay outlet...

all of them have come with everything in the box that it was supposed to have...

it may not be microcenter's policy that every item has to be returned with all its items, but i bet to get a full refund minus restocking fee it better be.
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post #16 of 28
Dont know how Microcenter is, but with Frys, even if you tell them it is broken they will often stick a discount sticker on it and put it back on the shelf. They told me they wait for it to be returned twice before actually beliving it is non-working (I guess to weed out people that just dont know what they are doing).

The moral of my story is, I avoid open box items, I think there is just a higher chance it will not work.

Probably just a frys thing though, they are pretty ghetto sometimes. I see packages on the shelf with "open box item" stickers that look like they got run over by a truck...
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post #17 of 28
I bought my last two boards from Microcenter open box, a MSI K9A2 Platinum and later an Asus M4A79XTD EVO. I bought both when MC has a clearance sale on open box items, so they were only ~$45 or so, very good at the time.

You can expect some open bags and maybe a few missing cables but both boards worked flawlessly. The M4A79XTD was a little weird though, it had TIM smeared all over the back of it, probably from the previous owner. I just wiped it off and it was fine.

As others have stated its much easier to return it compared to Newegg, I would go for it if it's a good deal.
     
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This is microcenter. I was just there last week to buy a second SSD for raid0 and I noticed these open box motherboards in that section. There is no plastic or shrink wrap around the packages, just a string wrapped around it like a present, I assume they would let me open it up and inspect it before buying.
I just wonder if my wife will be cool with me doing a fresh OS install two weeks in a row haha. I guess plus an hour to swap the mobo and clean up the components... We have two small children and when I lock my self in the office for several hours I always get **** for it. Can't even bring the older one with me (2 year old) because hes an absolute terror pulling every cord and pushing the power and reset buttons constantly unless I am physically holding him with one hand.

I am still trying to figure out why aren't you in the Store taking pics for us and purchasing the board biggrin.gif just install the OS at 3am, nobody needs to know it will be our Secret. wink.gif
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I am still trying to figure out why aren't you in the Store taking pics for us and purchasing the board biggrin.gif just install the OS at 3am, nobody needs to know it will be our Secret. wink.gif

I don't have a smart phone... Thats my other dilemma, iphone5 or new motherboard. You can see what I chose.
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Def skip the iphone 5. Get a cheap android phone and call it a day. Trying to keep up with smart phones is madness.
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