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Buying a used motherboard safe?

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#1 babicz


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 11:50 PM

Looking into Sabertooth 990FX upgrade, and can find it new for about 180$ at the lowest price. However, Amazon's practically giving the same motherboard away for 131$ (Used - Like New), with no tax, free shipping. It almost seems too good to be true considering the cheapest I can find it used is for 180$.

Question is, since it's a significant upgrade (at least for me) and it's no introductory mobo, would you recommend sticking to a new product, or are used products not as sketch as I think they are...

*I'm willing to pay retail, but why not save some money eh?

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:24 AM

Your best bet is to go the new motherboard as used ones could have hidden issues that might arise.

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 11:46 AM

"Used" probably means "returned" and with limited warranty, IMO.

I would buy a new motherboard...there is no "savings" when the item purchased doesn't carry the normal warranty coverage, IMO.


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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:05 PM

take the advice and buy a new one. I have bought a used moth' board in the past from flee bay when my own failed, it lasted about 4 weeks and then that one failed too.
i would never buy a used one again, nor any other component for my PC, most are cheap enough to buy from new these days anyway.
good luck.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:41 PM

I have purchased used boards in the past, and had mixed results. Some have turned out wonderful, some not so much. My advice is, if your wanting it for a primary system-one your going to be using all the time-buy new. If its going to be a secondary computer, like maybe a media center, then perhaps try it, if the seller has a lot of good reviews and a solid reputation.



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