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Motherboard has no warranty on it left. So that means i have to inspect the motherboard on its capacitors, and inspect for any bent pins.... any thing else?

What should i be visually inspecting? Thanks again OCN thumb.gif
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I'd take a picture of the motherboard with you when you inspect it. That way you can easily see if anything is missing or out of place. A bent pin or two may not be the end of the world either if you're getting a good deal. Especially if it's easily fixed or isn't needed.
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I'd take a picture of the motherboard with you when you inspect it. That way you can easily see if anything is missing or out of place. A bent pin or two may not be the end of the world either if you're getting a good deal. Especially if it's easily fixed or isn't needed.

Is there something that i definitely should be looking at besides blown/damaged capacitors? The motherboard has that "thermal armor" over it so im kind of worried i cant do a great visual inspection before buying it...
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The thermal armor should be removable, so to make it easy make sure you know how to do that. If they won't let you remove it, the plus side is that the thermal armor makes bent and broken stuff unlikely.

If a capacitor had been blown or something, then I would think they would know about it too.

Is this some kind of thing where they're selling it as is? If they kept it under reasonably safe conditions I don't think you need to be too picky. If it was regularly used as a frisbee, I'd be a little more worried.
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The thermal armor should be removable, so to make it easy make sure you know how to do that. If they won't let you remove it, the plus side is that the thermal armor makes bent and broken stuff unlikely.

If a capacitor had been blown or something, then I would think they would know about it too.

Is this some kind of thing where they're selling it as is? If they kept it under reasonably safe conditions I don't think you need to be too picky. If it was regularly used as a frisbee, I'd be a little more worried.

Yeah youre right, the thermal armor would technically protect the insides. It was used as a display model mounted on a wall so im "assuming" it should be fine. Ill just take a picture with me to be safe, i doubt theyll let me take apart the motherboard on the spot without buying it though.
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Aside from physical issues you really can't check for much. If you feel comfortable with the risk, then go for it.
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