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Open box is a bit scary. It's been returned for a reason remember that. I would go for retail or 2nd hand off of the f/s threads on this forum.
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would that biostar mobo work w/ my card? i run a 7950gt
PCIe 2.0 mobo slot is backward compatible with PCIe 1.1 GFX card so yea
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This is my pick...

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103212

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161030

205$ with UPS Shipping. 195 if you choose to do the rebate on the motherboard, motherboard is also AM2+ ready, so you can always drop in a Phenom when you need it. I have AMP-X ram, works well and even though you don't overclock, I have had mine up to 900MHz on stock voltage. The Athlon X2 4800+ is going to be faster than the E2160 at stock speeds, so this is probably the best set up you can get for the money.
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i got that ram and its freakin awsome i have it at ddr2 1012mhz right now 4-5-4-12-22-2t and that was after like 5 minutes of tweaking lol get those mushkins!
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does newegg check and make sure all open box items are in working order?..saw some really good deals and they sold out fast
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They should be fully working and I think they have a 30-day warranty. But if they go wrong 3-4months down the line - you're on your own. Many people on here have had good experiences with open box, some not so good. Its a risk. If its a motherboard, processor or RAM thats open box, it may be a poor overclocker.
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does newegg check and make sure all open box items are in working order?..saw some really good deals and they sold out fast
Yea they make sure they power on, but that's it. They also come with a reduced return policy, only 14 days. So you need to install it instantly to make sure you have time to return it if it doesn't work. I bought an open box Biostar TF550 and it died after 21 days, so I was SOL and couldn't return it.

Also, open box motherboards come with just the board, nothing else. That means no I/O plate for the case, no cables, no standoffs or screws, and most importantly no CD for the drivers. That means no ethernet driver, which means no access to the internet to download any drivers. You'll have to use a friends computer (or plan ahead and use your current computer) to access the motherboard's website and burn the ethernet driver to a CD.

I don't recommend openbox motherboards. They're a hassle and often fail, offsetting any savings you might receive.
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Yea they make sure they power on, but that's it. They also come with a reduced return policy, only 14 days. So you need to install it instantly to make sure you have time to return it if it doesn't work. I bought an open box Biostar TF550 and it died after 21 days, so I was SOL and couldn't return it.

Also, open box motherboards come with just the board, nothing else. That means no I/O plate for the case, no cables, no standoffs or screws, and most importantly no CD for the drivers. That means no ethernet driver, which means no access to the internet to download any drivers. You'll have to use a friends computer (or plan ahead and use your current computer) to access the motherboard's website and burn the ethernet driver to a CD.

I don't recommend openbox motherboards. They're a hassle and often fail, offsetting any savings you might receive.
ahh thanks for the heads up..didn't know they missed all that.

also, would you guys say a soundcard is a must for a faster running rig?
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well ram is bought, just gotta wait for the shipment
http://www.overclock.net/sale/322535...dr-800-d9.html

1 down, 2 to go.
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