Reply 960 of 2043, by Fujoshi-hime
I visited an mom & pop type computer shop that I've passed on the way too and from work about 400+ times but I'd never gone in before. Thought it'd be a new place to maybe find some new-old-stock old hardware for a Win98 build I'm plotting? Up on the shelf I spot an Asus P9X79 LE motherboard NIB, these go for about CAD$150-CAD$225 on eBay?
"Well, how much is that X79 board?"
"You have CPU?"
"I can get one off eBay."
"I do for you $30."
"I have cash."
"No tax if cash."
So yeah... He didn't know what he had on the shelf and it was there for who knows how many years? I tested it with a 4930K I had, wondering if it was dead and yup, it works!
I went back the next day cause I had also spotted a PCIE X800 XL NIB and he dig around. Got the X800 for CAD$10 and then he pulled a disassembled R9 280X out of a box and sold it to me for CAD$20. Pretty sure it works but I don't have any thermal pads for the RAM, so it crashes super fast, I'll test it again once I can re-assemble it properly.
Sadly the X800 seems dead. In a Haswell system I tested it on, I only got video out over VGA and it was half-corrupted. In an A8 3870K system it refuses to POST with it installed... Maybe it's a PCIE 2.0 issue? But it shouldn't be. I'd happily give it to someone who things they can salvage it for free plus the cost of shipping from Canada.