Oh yeah i agree. It just takes to long to rma. Unfortunately my local tiger direct doesnt carry the same motherboard but i got a slightly betterodel for $20 more than what the last cost... i like it better anyway its a little bigger allowing for a more stable connection to the case... the last one had something like 4" past the last screw and this was where the atx power plugged in which made for a lot of worry of torqing the board. But i managed to rebuild it with the new board in a rather un-ideal state after a friends retirement party... looking back i should have waited til this morning
but hey it works! Hopefully now i can work out a return on the busted board.
Thanks for your insight! I really appreciate the help