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New MSI P55 GD85 on Ebay...Should I Buy It?

Poll Results: Buy It Off Ebay???

 
  • 85% (6)
    YES
  • 14% (1)
    NO
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post #1 of 8
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Not going into unnecessary details, I've been looking for a particular 1156 mobo and I've finally found it but it's on Ebay. The seller has 98% positive rep and has been selling new pc hardware for about 4 to 5 years on Ebay. Ebay has given me a coupon so I get 15% off on anything I buy until December 30th. I can get this MSI P55 GD85 for $145 with free shipping!!! Although I will only have a 30-day refund warranty with the seller, I can still register with MSI and get my 3-year manufacturer warranty. What do you think? Should I take a chance and buy it?
post #2 of 8
if its the one you want go for it
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post #3 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by drBlahMan;11706676 
What do you think? Should I take a chance and buy it?

I don't see buying on eBay as taking a chance. They have excellent resolution methods and they will step in if you're unhappy or if the item is not as described. Especially since it's new and not used (and you therefore know its exact condition), why do you say it's taking a chance?
Edited by money11465 - 12/19/10 at 3:40pm
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post #4 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by money11465;11706727 
...why do you say it's taking a chance?

I've never bought a motherboard online. This will be my 1st time doing this. I live near a MicroCenter and CompUSA, so I really never had to purchase motherboards online...until now worriedsmiley.gif
post #5 of 8
Go for it! I buy alot of stuff of ebay and if its something you want and still can get the warranty its pretty much a no-brainer.biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drBlahMan;11706779 
I've never bought a motherboard online. This will be my 1st time doing this. I live near a MicroCenter and CompUSA, so I really never had to purchase motherboards online...until now worriedsmiley.gif

I've never bought a motherboard locally. I lived near TigerDirect, CompUSA, and Circuit City stores. The selection was always at most 5 motherboard available to me and the prices were marked up at least 50%. What could go wrong? You aren't giving your credit card number or bank details to the seller, just to PayPal. 98% positive is about average, anything 95% and under is bad.

If buying locally gives you peace of mind because you're used to it, you need to ask yourself if the price premium is worth it to you. Once you put it in your computer and start it, what bit of difference do you think it will make if the motherboard was shipped to your door by UPS or driven to your door by you?
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post #7 of 8
Go for it if its in your price range. I love how MSI does there warranty, They go by serial number and they do not require you to register for warranty.
 
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post #8 of 8
I wished I'd saved my $ and went with the P55-GD80.

SATA 6gb/s with Marvell chip is almost worthless. Literally not worth $10 if you ask me. I look @ those as just extra Sata 3gb/s for optical drives or whatever I might would use it for if my native SATA ports were used. USB3 isn't even being supported by the p65.
Also, I have a feeling that this board is not as good of an overclocker as the GD80. My board doesn't seem to take ANY increase in VTT. May just be me. Idk..

This is coming from someone who owns the P55-GD85btw.
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