I made a purchase on eBay for a used, but working and all parts included ( didn't specify not included ) 7820X and X299 AORUS x299 Ultra Gaming board... Apparently which has excellent reviews..
The guy didn't package it properly. A single layer of foam across the x and y only wrapped once. Then some foam on top and underneath. No motherboard box, and the processor was included and in the socket.
The box, when received, had gaping holes in it, and had been dropped on almost every corner that mattered at least once from very high locations.
Upon unpacking, I saw the board had delaminated on the corner. I even made a video of the unpacking simply because of how bad the box looked.
You can see the images, and the unboxing video here: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Ahm6Xy7XNsPH4QeFAFIRLKaoMorp
My question: Will it work? I'm guessing 70:30 that it will simply because the delamination occurred on a corner with a mounting hole and not where more electronics is.
And: Would you use it?
I'm still looking for memory and a cooler before I can test, but now it is urgent so either I buy a set on Newegg which I'd rather not because I don't agree with having to pay tax for online sales ( Amazon doesn't charge, but Newegg does... eBay does for some -- Amazon doesn't have the memory ). Although since it is around $500 after tax I'd be willing to pay that for something else or less for used same.
I sent a message to the person who sold it to me, scolding them for not properly packing it as everyone should know that things get thrown around a lot... Also, with the price of shipping it better be insured - otherwise it'd be on him if it didn't work.
And second: The auction didn't say that anything was missing... I wasn't terribly upset about the lack of boxes, but a motherboard box would've been nice and would've protected the board. But everything for the board is missing.. The 6g sata cables x4 isn't a huge deal, but all of my sata cables are old so I would've liked them. The lack of SLI sucks, and other important connectors are missing. Also, the m.2 screw kit is missing which is something I need. As for the disc and manuals - while they are nice to have since I like to keep everything original / boxes and all just in case... they aren't necessary since I already downloaded the latest everything online.
Anyways.. I worked out a deal on this forum to buy an 8700k 5.0 overclockable at 1.28vcore with 120mm or 140 AiO, and motherboard for around the same price as I paid for this... Just over $500.. So if everything was sent properly, it would've been a pretty good deal.. The board itself has a lot of features which is nice and more than 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 port ( 4x A and 1x C and 4x gen 1.. plus headers for each )... Anyways - that deal fell through because they left town, refunded me without explanation and it took days to get it and I was willing to wait but they never responded with when they'll be expected back so I moved on this..
I'm just so disappointed when people don't include everything in an auction and then don't realize that an expensive board / sale requires CARE when packaging.. Not just Foam thrown on top of something without taking care to protect the corners or even providing a box big enough to fit the item with proper amount of packing material....
Also, no ESD metalic sleeve - this means if any liquid gets in or whatever, there'd be more damage... I have yet to test the foam if it is ESD safe, but the corner is what is bothering me at the moment.
If it works, great - but how long can it be expected to work? That's another topic.. Because the damage is enough to delaminate the corner, it means shockwaves went through the entire board which could've damaged more. And, because the processor is in the socket - could that have been damaged? I have yet to check..
I'm curious about your opinions...
70:30 to it working, but for how long? Will that kind of damage, even if it didn't initially damage something to the point of not working, have damaged the solder joints the point where they'll give-way very easily? Or what?
Edit: Turns out the M.2 screws are actually there... I didn't see them before for some reason - probably got tunnel vision after seeing the damage. But, they are there, which is excellent to have ( but sli, etc.. still missing ).