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Does anyone know where you can buy older motherboards that aren't overpriced? For example lga 1366 x58 boards. New preferred. Links would help a lot rolleyes.gif
Edited by malzmidx - 11/14/13 at 10:23am
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post #2 of 9
Ebay is your best bet, otherwise there is a marketplace on OCN, you could possibly find one used for cheap.
Brand new in box I would say good luck
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How I miss Geeks.com....

Hard to find these days accept on E-bay,or here in the OCN marketplace.
http://www.excaliberpc.com/589462/asus-p6t-ws-pro-intel.html listed but not in stock.

May be wholesale only.. http://www.ipexinfo.com/Pages/Products/ItemDetail.aspx?SKU=82266
Server boards are available also.
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Closest thing is OEM, I guess you can consider that *NEW* still.

Pricewatch.com

Surprised PriceWatch is still around since eCommerce for electronics took off and then crashed. There's not a whole lot of choices of where to buy PC parts now.

NewEgg - Probably nothing here
Amazon - Probably a bunch of overpriced and used boards
SuperBiiz (eWiz) - Probably only server stuff
TigerDirect - Doubt they carry anything
Directron - Probably nothing
J&R - Probably nothing
Microcenter - Doubt it
Frys - Doubt it
BestBuy Online - Probably some crazy rip off prices
eBay - Probably your last resort

You're going to have to look really hard through some Mom & Pop shops to try to score a 1366 LGA board brand new with all accessories. 1366 has been discontinued since 2012 and has been replaced by a newer socket. At this rate with the crazy inflated costs you're probably better off giving up on finding a brand new 1366 board with all accessories and pick up a newer board + processor. I don't see the point of paying for overpriced old tech that will run slower, hotter, and use up more power.
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I was hoping to find an asus rampage lol. Because if I find one for a decent price I'd just upgrade my rig now since I believe my motherboard is one of my biggest bottlenecks. Otherwise it's more worth it making a new rig since all their mobos are 400+ for decent ones
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Closest thing is OEM, I guess you can consider that *NEW* still.

Pricewatch.com

Surprised PriceWatch is still around since eCommerce for electronics took off and then crashed. There's not a whole lot of choices of where to buy PC parts now.

NewEgg - Probably nothing here
Amazon - Probably a bunch of overpriced and used boards
SuperBiiz (eWiz) - Probably only server stuff
TigerDirect - Doubt they carry anything
Directron - Probably nothing
J&R - Probably nothing
Microcenter - Doubt it
Frys - Doubt it
BestBuy Online - Probably some crazy rip off prices
eBay - Probably your last resort

You're going to have to look really hard through some Mom & Pop shops to try to score a 1366 LGA board brand new with all accessories. 1366 has been discontinued since 2012 and has been replaced by a newer socket. At this rate with the crazy inflated costs you're probably better off giving up on finding a brand new 1366 board with all accessories and pick up a newer board + processor. I don't see the point of paying for overpriced old tech that will run slower, hotter, and use up more power.
http://www.ascendtech.us/asus-rampage-iii-formula-x58-1366-ddr3_i_mbasurmpg3frmio.aspx?agent=pricewatch

Because it would be easier to change mobo and gpu to have a decent pc than get rid of it and make a brand new one since I would need to buy new ram, hdd, etc. So this one is probably the board that I would get, not sure if its worth it though.
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post #7 of 9
If you can't upgrade to a haswell platform it'd probably be better to find a nice used board. I'm sure you could find something decent on ebay for under $100. No point buying a new old motherboard unless you have to have it and it'll be used for several years.
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OP, I'd keep your current board and upgrade to a Xeon L5639 and a new card.
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Ive had good luck finding new-old parts on amazon when I HAVE to get something to patch a system up. That overpriced thing can definitely bite some of the vendors on there though. I would never buy a used motherboard unless there was no other option. From my experiencing building computers over the years, that is one of the most common parts to get pulled and replaced without ever chasing down the problem. Especially with any performance board you buy used, its either going to be pulled because they upgraded, which means it was likely rode hard and put up wet, or was pulled due to a known or unknown problem they were chasing down.

I like to always locate the issue when im troubleshooting but I still have a small stack of mainboards i pulled that i never determined the problem with. I have no doubt people who do the same thing as me will at some point come back and try and sell them. Perhaps if their honest they will price accordingly, perhaps not. The good news is that the problems are usually something you can work around like bad video, sound or some built in feature like that. But any used board is suspect unless you know its history. Its just one of those parts that shouldnt be purchased used IMO. YMMV as usual.
   
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