DFW Area Fry's have the ECS G31T-M motherboard for $25 (limit 3 per customer). There is no CPU included - just the motherboard. I know a lot of you hate ECS but this may be a fair deal for someone who needs a cheap MB. The ad says no rainchecks and no substitutions. Sale price good thru 3/5/09
Other item of interest Coolmax NB-200 notebook cooler $4.99 - no rebate!
There were less than 10 boxes on the table when I checked on the expired $90 E5200 combo. I didn't check inventory. There was probably a bunch somewhere....especially with a limit of 3 now...
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posted: Mar. 1, 2009 @ 11:41a
Got one of these MBs in a combo last summer and it died in November...just a fair warning.
posted: Mar. 1, 2009 @ 2:30p
I don't have a spare Intel CPU to test this motherboard. Otherwise, I will get one. Frys' offers 15-day return policy.
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posted: Mar. 1, 2009 @ 2:32p
Got a stack of mobos similar to these 7071, G33, 945, etc from the various CPU deals. Must be nice to be able to get $25 for them.
posted: Mar. 2, 2009 @ 12:09p
Bought one at Palo Alto store, for $25 is a bargain.
posted: Mar. 2, 2009 @ 1:07p
Willsonville, OR showed 6 in the computer at 9am today. They could only find 2; both returns. Generously discounted to $24.90, and one was missing the I/O shield!! I went ahead and bought the complete one, am testing it now.
-EDIT: Processor cover all gooped up with grease. Carefully cleaned it up, socket looks ok. Tried 3 supported CPU's, 2 sets of RAM, 2 Power Supplies, and both onboard and external graphics. It's DEAD. Nothing on the monitor or the PCI POST diagnostics card. I lost the bet that the returned board would work and it's going to cost me another 60mile round trip. I almost never buy the returned crap, but I know the odds are against me. I noticed that it's got TWO returned stickers layered on it. I should have looked more carefully. GRR. Looks like it was returned TODAY. I bought it an hour after they opened. I'll bet it wasn't tested. I'm going to complain about that when I return it, the sticker says it was "checked."
posted: Mar. 2, 2009 @ 1:24p
Woodland Hills Frys had tons of these for same price as stated by OP, mostly all with "returned" labels on them. That should tell ya how good they really are huh .. ??
posted: Mar. 2, 2009 @ 2:21p
Seller beware too, 1/2 these people buying circuit boards don,t know what there doing.
But, ECS support and quality control won,t make the top 10 either..
I got a Asus open box cheap that some moron declared was bad..
Some of these ECS`s are like that old 13 inch Goldstar tv down at the junkyard thats been going for 20 some years..Its like anything electronic, if it runs out of the box, its going to run for quiet awhile..and computers are so out dated after about 5 years they don,t have to last all that long..
If you want better quality your going to have to pull another $50 to $75 out of your pocket.!
posted: Mar. 3, 2009 @ 9:36p
ATTENTION: Here is the main reason for so many returns. This mobo ships with an older version of Bios, which doesn't support many Duo and Quad CPU's, E8500 being one of them. The process is to install an older CPU (I used Pentium D), then using my other PC, I created a bootable CD with BIOS update utility downloaded from ECS website, have the ECS PC boot up using your boot CD, and from DOS prompt update BIOS. Once the BIOS update is completed, you should be able to swap out your older CPU with a newer one, which was not previously recognized by your BIOS.
posted: Mar. 4, 2009 @ 1:25a
just got 1 of these from burbank,CA for $25. The guy told me they were all sold out, except the open boxes, but then he realized they had just gotten a new shipment. He checked inventory and sure enough, 27 of them just came in. They are in a different/new box but it's the same board in there. If your store was sold out, might want to check it again.
posted: Mar. 4, 2009 @ 4:48a
steveskorp said: ATTENTION: Here is the main reason for so many returns. This mobo ships with an older version of Bios, which doesn't support many Duo and Quad CPU's, E8500 being one of them. The process is to install an older CPU (I used Pentium D), then using my other PC, I created a bootable CD with BIOS update utility downloaded from ECS website, have the ECS PC boot up using your boot CD, and from DOS prompt update BIOS. Once the BIOS update is completed, you should be able to swap out your older CPU with a newer one, which was not previously recognized by your BIOS. It's just the 45nm E0 stepping chips that the pre-installed BIOS doesn't recognize yet. Any pre-E0 stepping (and 65nm) chips will be able to POST and update the BIOS. You don't need a very old chip to get it done.
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