I am looking to buy a new CPU for another build. I saw a i5-2500 online for $100 but it seems to be damaged. the seller says it is tested and working. This seller has several of these for sale. this person's feedback is 100% Positive. Is it worth buying in this condition?
Dear god do not buy that chip. It may be working now, but who knows in a day, a week or a year. Also, who knows how he tested it? Booting into Windows? Running a couple applications? Stress testing with Prime95?
Chances are that chip is not functioning at the same capacity as an undamaged chip, and if something goes wrong with it, you're left holding the bag. Then you're out the $100 for the chip and have to buy one at full price anyway.
The discoloration on some of the pins is definitely not a good sign. Sure, there's a chance that it'll work without issue, but do you really want to take a $100 gamble when $60-80 more could get you a retail processor?