Sooooo, we ordered parts, right. I did change the PSU to antec earthwatts 750 to save cash, and a gigabyte motherboard that was cheaper because he didn't want SLI.
Buuuut, now we've heard about the motherboard SATA port issue. So, this was my thought: We go ahead and build it, and then when the fix is implemented, we return the motherboard under warranty. Because he really needs to have a computer now.
Is this a viable plan? Do you see a problem with it? I'm thinking the Windows licensing could be an issue (it won't recognize the new board?). How should I get around this?
That's what I'm planning to do. If you have an OEM copy of Windows at worst it's a call to Microsoft, explain why you replaced your motherboard, and they'll activate it for you over the phone.