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post #1 of 19
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Hey everyone, I could use some help right now. I bought a CPU on ebay and I think I may have been scammed.

It's supposed to be an Intel i5-4570S but when I put everything together just a few hours ago my computer wouldn't post. I thought it could be the motherboard but my keyboard lights turn on when I flip the power supply switch, so there's at least power going to my keyboard. Still not ruling that possibility out.

But this CPU I bought just looks suspicious to me. First of all the packaging it came in was weird. But I thought that it may be fine because the listing said it was OEM. Then there's the fact that it has a brushed surface, I built an 1155 PC a couple of years ago and it did not have a brushed surface. Is that something new to Haswell? Lastly it just looks like fake plastic.

Here's some pictures, what do you guys think, did I get scammed?





post #2 of 19
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Almost forgot, the text says:

"iMC11
Intel R Core TM i5-4570s
SR14J 2.90 Ghz
MALAY
L3178362"
post #3 of 19
The CPU looks legit. Its not an engineering sample, so that is good. The protection is the type you find with OEM processors.

You mentioned this box is a few years old, and this is a new processor. You might to verify your Mobo has the lastest BIOS on there. This makes sure the microcode are up to date to support the processor. Which mobo do you have?

- Ton
post #4 of 19
Without seeing it in person it's a little hard to tell, but it looks legit. What are your PC specs, it could possibly be that some components aren't playing nicely with the CPU?
post #5 of 19
It certainly wouldn't be the first time something like that's happened.... used to see lower end CPUs with higher end IHS on them to pass them off
 
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post #6 of 19
It looks like a cpu, the plastic thing is the tray that OEM cpu's usually come in. When you say it doesn't post do you mean you get an error, or that the monitor simply doesn't come on?

If the monitor doesnt come on and your using a dedicated GPU, try plugging the monitor into the outputs on the motherboard instead. If your using the cpu graphics try using a different cable/connector to the monitor. Ive heard people with similar issues using display port or dvi and it works with vga cable.

What was the sellers rating/feedback like? It could an honest issue with the CPU, ebay protects the buyer so they will either replace or refund it, and if not ebay will step in and get you the money back.

You could even take the cpu to a friend and have them try on a different mb or take it to a ma and pa computer shop and have them test it.
post #7 of 19
try it with just one stick of mem...

it does not appear to be a fake....
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post #8 of 19
Try what you can to get it to work..diff mobo,diff RAM,switch RAM sticks,slots..etc..
If it doesn't..return it for a refund.
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post #9 of 19
It looks legit
Did you remember to plug the 8 pin CPU plug in?
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post #10 of 19
Just had a problem like this yesterday but it was with an ivy bridge processor. My mobos bios wasn't up to date to accept the ivy bridge CPUs so I had to flash the bios and then the computer would post.
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