Processor upgrade nMP from eBay

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  1. joe8232 macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to upgrade the processor in my nMP to a 12 core 2697, I know the process is quite involved but the guide on ifixit looks like I can do it. I know the retail for the 2697 is over $2k but on ebay there are refurbished chips for around $1k (e.g., http://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-...349701?hash=item2a5ce83ac5:g:ptgAAOSwepJXZDtz)

    Is there anything I should be wary of with buying a refurbished chip like this?

    Thanks!
     
  2. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    How do you "refurbish" a CPU chip?
     
  3. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

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    that particular chip is an engineering sample. a pre-production release that is not supposed to end up on the open market. do not buy that.

    an electron microscope, very small q-tips and some Armor-All.
     
  4. joe8232 thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    ...with the old paste wiped off. "Like New" means the paste residue is removed with a solvent.
     
  6. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816

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    I've bought clean pulls before. I also know a guy who make $10-20k a year selling pulled IT gear (think Cisco switch modules and Sun server parts).

    I'd not worry about buying such a part so long as the seller has a high rating, and are responsive to communications.
    My plan for my nMP is to do same. Though I may go for a 10 core.
     

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