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Found one of these boards refurb'd for 90.00(USD) shipped on ebay, is there anything I should be worried about when buying one of these?! It seems like an insanely good price...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:en

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Found one of these boards refurb'd for 90.00(USD) shipped on ebay, is there anything I should be worried about when buying one of these?! It seems like an insanely good price...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:en
just look for the usual stuff on a used mobo; burn marks, bad caps, solder points. you wont really know if it works untill you get it.
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Found one of these boards refurb'd for 90.00(USD) shipped on ebay, is there anything I should be worried about when buying one of these?! It seems like an insanely good price...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:en
"Manufacturer refurbished: An item that has been professionally restored to working order by a manufacturer or manufacturer-approved vendor. This means the product has been inspected, cleaned, and repaired to meet manufacturer specifications and is in excellent condition. "
from e-bay listing

So should be like new
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Found one of these boards refurb'd for 90.00(USD) shipped on ebay, is there anything I should be worried about when buying one of these?! It seems like an insanely good price...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tchlink:top:en
Lack of a good warranty... read fine print if any.
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This was a good board I loved it but now im ditching it for intel. Just got my MSI Big Bang X Power mobo in and a 3rd MSI 5870 Lighting.
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Hi all. I finally tried this mobo for a few days now and am not able to get my os installed in any raid configuration yet. I can set the raid but once the raid is configured the bios no longer detects the hdd's and the os don't detect them either. I'm trying to install Win 7 x64 and can not figure this one out. This is the most difficult raid set up I have ever attempted to get Windows installed on.

Could it be the HDD's in my sig that are causing the issues?
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Hi all. I finally tried this mobo for a few days now and am not able to get my os installed in any raid configuration yet. I can set the raid but once the raid is configured the bios no longer detects the hdd's and the os don't detect them either. I'm trying to install Win 7 x64 and can not figure this one out. This is the most difficult raid set up I have ever attempted to get Windows installed on.

Could it be the HDD's in my sig that are causing the issues?
It could be the way it is setup. Because you cant get into windows to tell it to use them as GBP. What I would do is install on a spare drive then use the windows back up to make a complete copy and put it on that drive. Now make a restore disc and setup your raid. pop in the restore disc and then use the copy from your spare drive and walla :0 I hope. If that does not work I have another possible fix.
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Man that sounds like way to much work more than what it's worth IMO. I still don't know how to make a back up nor how to restore a back up once I have one saved.

On my Destroyer it is as easy as 1-2-3 bam raid done and windows installed.

I think I'll try to install the raid drivers at the windows 7 screen where it's not seing any drives to install the os to then go from there. If that don't work then I'll try to use the JMicron ports just to see if they are any easier.

If I can get the JMicron ports to install my raid then there has to be something terribly wrong. Maybe I need to update my bios or some thing. IDK but I'm not going to give up so easy and back up and restore just seems like a bass acwards way of getting a Raid instal working.

Thank you for your reply Eclipse.

EDIT: It turned out the be the Win 7 X64 drivers. After downloading and unzipping the drivers to a usb thumb/flash drive the OS installation was able to find my RAID array and is now installing the OS. Woo hoo or is that yippi Skippy
Edited by N2Gaming - 9/25/10 at 3:15pm
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Man that sounds like way to much work more than what it's worth IMO. I still don't know how to make a back up nor how to restore a back up once I have one saved.

On my Destroyer it is as easy as 1-2-3 bam raid done and windows installed.

I think I'll try to install the raid drivers at the windows 7 screen where it's not seing any drives to install the os to then go from there. If that don't work then I'll try to use the JMicron ports just to see if they are any easier.

If I can get the JMicron ports to install my raid then there has to be something terribly wrong. Maybe I need to update my bios or some thing. IDK but I'm not going to give up so easy and back up and restore just seems like a bass acwards way of getting a Raid instal working.

Thank you for your reply Eclipse.

EDIT: It turned out the be the Win 7 X64 drivers. After downloading and unzipping the drivers to a usb thumb/flash drive the OS installation was able to find my RAID array and is now installing the OS. Woo hoo or is that yippi Skippy
Great to hear! I should have thought of that. o well leave it to me to go worst case.

So you now have 3TB mirrored WOW! prob usable space around 2.25TB?
How is the speed, single drive vs the raid array?
Edited by eclipseaudio4 - 9/25/10 at 3:42pm
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well so far I have not tested the mobo out w/just a single drive. For now my lowest win7 performance score is 6.3 due to the 3x RAID'd hard drives. I have never used any software to really test hdd's performance in the past so I don't know if there is any real world performance gain by using raid. I'm told there is and read every where that there is so there must be other wise why would enthusiasts go through so much trouble to get it working. I have the array set up to only use 750GB accross all 3 drives instead of the full disk size of each HDD.

Now that I know how to get the raid array set up I may try to use more than 3 drives in RAID 0 which is what I am doing atm.

Man it's hot in my garage so that first celebration beer went down extra fast and smooth.

I know I'll have tons of other questions as well regarding optimizing my settings and what not. I still need to get my USB thumb wifi-G adaptor Drivers installed and configured so I can has interwebz on it out in the garage. That will make it so much easier to upload images, benchmark scores, cpu validations etc etc.

Oh one of the other things that slowed me down was I had to hand record all my 955 settings on my Destroyer before swopping it out for the 940. I did not want to loose my max stable good OC settings on the Destroyer just in case the MSI GD70 does not pan out for some reason. The only reason I can think of at the moment would be no GTX 460 SLI hack support but by the sounds of it they have that all worked out by now.

There is still much more work ahead of me in order to learn how to properly use this mobo and what makes it really tick. ATM it is running 3600MHz cpu and 2400MHz CPU NB Freq. w/ram at 1600MHZ 6-8-6-24-1T as far as I can tell. I still have to install a lot of applications like CPU-Z before I can be certain this thing is running optimally and stable.

I'll report back w/some soon with my first CPU-Z Validation.
Edited by N2Gaming - 9/25/10 at 4:16pm
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