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Browsing thru my local microcenter site i came across this:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/386359/GA-Z77X-UD5H_LGA_1155_Z77_ATX_Motherboard

2 different UD5H open box for 143 bucks, it says opened:complete, so im guessing everything is inside the box but it was a return they tested to be fully functional but cant sell at full retail anymore (correct me if im wrong on that).

I was originally lookin at Ud3H or extreme6 but if i can get this for 143.00, thats like 50 bucks less than they retail for on newegg.
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Open box mobos at MC only have a 15-day return policy...I would not do it. For $1 more, you can have a new UD3H which has everything the UD5H has except a few less power phases but that's what I would do whistle.gif ... biggrin.gif
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It says 30 day return policy on my screen, where do you see 15?

The only thing that is throwing me off is this bit of wording:
"BALANCE OF MANUFACTURER WARRANTY APPLIES "

Balance, that makes me think the warranty period has already started on it, possibly when the person bought it originally for full retail price.
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It says 30 day return policy on my screen, where do you see 15?

The only thing that is throwing me off is this bit of wording:
"BALANCE OF MANUFACTURER WARRANTY APPLIES "

Balance, that makes me think the warranty period has already started on it, possibly when the person bought it originally for full retail price.

Okay...Sometimes, MC would place a sticker on the mobo box showing 15-days but I do remember that sometimes it can be 30 days. Regarding the "Balance of Manufacturer Warranty Applies," I believe you're right...not 100% sure thinking.gif

The choice is yours, I would still spend that extra $1 for the UD3H & have a new mobo instead. Remember, you don't know the full story about that used UD5H thinking.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 2/1/13 at 5:27pm
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I would take it if you're benchmarking with a full custom water loop or using a sub-zero setup, if not just go with the UD3H.
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If the board works and everything is intact I don't see why not.

There's a million reasons why someone would return a mobo. It could be your opportunity to score. I say go for it. thumb.gif
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When I was living back at home I would prefer to buy new motherboards but at Frys for some odd reason I had a high chance of getting a DOA motherboard. So I started getting their open box ones and it was cheaper at the same time. Since then I had no problems getting an openbox/returned motherboard because when you return a motherboard they do test it in front of you before they issue you a refund.
To buy a new motherboard to find out it is a dead board and having to drive back is a pain and of course gas money.
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I occasionally check the open box mobo's at MC and personally I've never seen one that I'd trust/buy. As far as them testing the boards I wouldn't trust that either. If you think about it, the main reason someone returns a board is they couldn't get it working and that's usually because they didn't know what they were doing.
If you do decide to take a chance on one, open it up and check the socket for bent pins and other signs of abuse. Also if you are buying with an i5 3225K or i5 3570K combo Microcenter does NOT give the $40 off on open box boards, at least mine doesn't.
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make sure there are NO bent PINS.
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