Would you be upset if you received a motherboard like this?

April 21, 2013 at 15:39:02
Specs: Win 7, Athlon II 255/4GB DDR3
I bought a used motherboard off Ebay from someone with 100% Feed Back and a few hundred sales. He shipped the motherboard , wrapped in a plastic grocery bag with no padding in a box twice it's size. The scotch tape used to seal the box was almost completely broken where as it could have fallen out.

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Am I over reacting to think this is a horrible way to ship such a delicate piece of electronics? It does work, but I am not sure I should give positive feedback.

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#1
April 21, 2013 at 16:04:18
If it works, I wouldn't worry about it. Unless he charged you $20 for shipping, or something.

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#2
April 21, 2013 at 18:40:10
Your feedback marking and comments can include bad packaging.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
April 21, 2013 at 18:50:23
You got it and it worked. Why shouldn't you leave positive feedback? The seller may not have known any better, may not have had any anti-static bags or maybe it was sold as scrap.

If you're succinct enough you may be able to comment on the shipping in the 80 letters you're allowed in the 'tell us more' section.

If it was me I'd leave positive feedback and then send them a message afterwards advising them the package arrived damaged and nearly torn open. That way maybe they'd be more careful when shipping things in the future.


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#4
April 21, 2013 at 19:19:44
As long as the board made it to you in one piece & is working, I don't see how you can give negative feedback, but you can include a comment about the poor packaging. Why are you buying from eBay in the 1st place? The board appears to be an ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS. It's nothing special & sells for about $50-55 brand new. I see it's missing the heatsink retaining bracket. Did it come with the I/O shield, cables, manual, & drivers disk? I hope you got it cheap. Here's one for $35 - 5% using the promo code geekbert, so it would be $31.49 + shipping:

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...


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#5
April 21, 2013 at 19:41:14
Wish I had seen that first, nearly same price. I am probably going to sell it with the fx-6100 I got for it and get a better MB and FX-6300.

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#6
April 22, 2013 at 09:39:59
Why would you want to run a modern CPU on a cheapo board based on the older 700 series chipset with no USB 3.0? You should be looking at the 900 series:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#7
April 22, 2013 at 17:27:57
Those are nice looking boards (although reviews could be better), but to be honest, I don't believe Motherboards make that much difference. My main comp before buying this had a MSI 760GM, a cheap but functional board. I had run my Phenom II 955 BE @ 4GHz for almost 2 years, solid as a rock. My benchmarks were comparable to most systems regardless of motherboard. I will probably never use SLI, just don't see any reason to spend the extra on the motherboard. I am looking at this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Very well reviewed (only 10% 1 star), and should do all I need.


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#8
April 23, 2013 at 14:02:18
The 900 series was designed for the Bulldozer. And the Bulldozer architecture is the 1st complete "ground-up" CPU redesign for AMD in almost 10 years. If you prefer to save $10-20 & run a retro-fitted board based on an older chipset, by all means, go for it. Just make sure you have an older CPU you can install because you'll likely need to update the BIOS before the FX will work.

From the motherboard spec page: "To enable AM3+ AMD FX-Series CPU support, please update your motherboard with the most current BIOS found in your motherboard’s download section."

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/mainbo...

http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-...

BTW, customer reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt. Many of them are clueless & blame the motherboard when the actual problem was their fault - poor heatsink installation, improper thermal paste application, weak power supply, attempting to run a non-supported CPU, etc.


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#9
April 23, 2013 at 15:09:00
I actually went with this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

USB3, up to 32GB ram and maybe the best reviews I have ever seen (7% 1 star). I do have a couple AM3 CPUs that will allow me to update the BIOS if needed.

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