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Need help finding a 7th Gen Intel LGA2066 in Vancouver

Hi guys,

 

Last week I was gifted a Motherboard and CPU combo that was purchased through Intel's Employee Purchase Plan (Brother-in-law works there). In Intel's infinite wisdom the motherboard they bundled with the 10900X is a Gigabyte X299 AORUS Gaming 3 Pro, which doesn't have support for 10th gen CPUs until the latest beta BIOS. My guess it that the reason the board won't POST is because it has an older version of the BIOS, that doesn't yet support 10th Gen.

 

As such, I'm trying to find someone in the Vancouver, BC area who has one of the following CPUs that I could borrow for an hour:

 

I9-7980XE
I9-7960X
I9-7940X
I9-7920X
I9-7900X
I7-7820X
I7-7800X
I7-7740X
I5-7640X

 

Before you ask, yes, I've reached out to Gigabyte, who've been less than helpful. I've contact 10 local repair shops in Burnaby and Surrey. I've even been in touch with Gigabyte's distribution partner locally, and while they wanted to help me, they didn't have a suitable processor.

 

I would think LMG might still have something like a 7980XE in their inventory from when they reviewed it, but I'm not sure how to get in touch with anyone there.

 

This is basically my last hope before shelling out $600+ for a new X299 motherboard.

 

Thanks!

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1 minute ago, Groundbuster said:

This is basically my last hope before shelling out $600+ for a new X299 motherboard.

Can't help with the rest, but I'd imagine buying a used CPU would be a lot less than that, and you could resell it afterwards.

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4 minutes ago, Groundbuster said:

Intel's Employee Purchase Plan (Brother-in-law works there)

I think, his suppose to be your first go to guy..

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7 minutes ago, porina said:

Can't help with the rest, but I'd imagine buying a used CPU would be a lot less than that, and you could resell it afterwards.

I have thought about this, I've found some for about $200 on eBay. I could resell the motherboard for around $400, which would reduce the cost of a replacement board. But I'm trying to find a local solution that's relatively low cost before taking those routes.

3 minutes ago, SupaKomputa said:

I think, his suppose to be your first go to guy..

To the best of my knowledge, Intel's local office doesn't deal with processors, and the EPP program only has a 30 day return window, which has expired.

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Is it worth it to keep that system? 10 cores is great, but not a good performer.

If i were you, just sell it and buy a more modern consumer part.

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What you could do is buy an 7640x from Amazon and use their 30 day return policy to return it again after updating the BIOS.

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21 minutes ago, Groundbuster said:

I would think LMG might still have something like a 7980XE in their inventory from when they reviewed it, but I'm not sure how to get in touch with anyone there.

I'm sure LMG does have a 7980XE laying around in their inventory as they aren't going to get rid of it anytime soon. Perhaps try contacting LMG through their website to see what they say since your local in Vancouver. Perhaps you can DM one of the LTT's staff on here as well and see what they say about it after explaining to them the situation. 

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46 minutes ago, Medicate said:

What you could do is buy an 7640x from Amazon and use their 30 day return policy to return it again after updating the BIOS.

This is both a terrible and a great idea... I might do that if this doesn't get any traction over the weekend.

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