Failure Rate of refurbished Motherboards

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June 24, 2012 at 09:32:49
Specs: Windows 7, Pent4 dual quad Q950@2.83GHz 4 gigs
Would you buy an ASUS refurbed motherboard? Thought I would ask the guys with all the experience? Is it a crap shoot? What are the failure rates with refurb's? Maybe it is not a good idea to save 30%....the more I think about it, I may have answered my own question, but just curious? TIA for your help

Also my CPU is not that slow, so can you recommend a newer motherboard than my EVGA 123-YW-E175 nForce 750i SLI MB. I plan on configuring RAID 0 or 1 on two identacle 80GB SATA drives. I need more speed for PhotoShop. I would like to utilize my current 4 mbs of memory. These computers really have become a commodity and on my pension, I cannot afford the fastest out there. TIA again.


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June 24, 2012 at 10:01:27
Almost an impossible question to answer. I have bought a number of refurbished products on the years. I do mean years. I still have one of the first that I ever bought even. Still works. One of the products I bought always had some flaw that I lived with since it was much less expensive.

Most of the stuff is OK. The idea is you have to get past both the fact it may not be fully repaired or scratched but also they tend to have a much less warranty period.

The price has to reflect all the differences between new and used.

A large computer company got caught selling refurbished motherboards inside new sytems

Hang up and live.

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June 24, 2012 at 11:08:37
Why to you think you will get more speed with a newer motherboard if you use the same processor and RAM? The differences between compatible models is not that great.

Adding RAM and taking care on HOW you setup Photoshop will probably help more than a new board.
Are you using the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Windows 7?

Your board can use 8GB of RAM. If you are running Windows 7 64 bit you can take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM.

What graphics card are you running?

I think that most of the time a refurbished board is just a board that was returned and tested as good. Many times folks will return a good board because they don't know what they are doing. As jefro said, the price and warranty need to make sense.

I don't think there is enough savings in most cases.

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June 24, 2012 at 12:00:34
Increasing speed on Photoshop is also sort well documented. Using scratch disks, reducing the number of (forgot the name) go back points and using as much ram as possible are the best ways. Reduce image colors and quality and size also help a lot. In fact increasing ram is what I have observed to be the best way to speed up photoshop. You'd also need to have an OS that can use more than 4G ram.

OtheHill is right that in your case a simple motherboard change may not provide enough speed increase.

Get a usb flash drive and use ramboost I think that even more usb drives could be used for scratch disks. Dunno, never tried that.

Hang up and live.

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June 24, 2012 at 12:27:18
"Refurbished" can mean different things. Sometimes it can mean there was an actual defect that was repaired. But it can also mean it was a customer return that was sent back to the manaufacturer, tested, found to be OK, & repackaged. And the customer return could be something as simple as ordering a board with the wrong CPU socket type. I've used three Asus refurbed boards in the past & as far as I know, all are still running.

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June 24, 2012 at 22:32:47
I've installed a good deal of refurbished hardware for customers to help them save money. Now and again it can bite you in the backside but like others have stated above more often than not things are ok. As also stated the warrenty is the big thing with me. There is a lot of hardware out that you can get a three year warrenty on that will only be three months when refurbished. Shop around if you can. I look for a 50% savings for refurbished. I don't often get it but that's where I start. Sometimes you can get more but that seems rare.


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