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So I've decided to get a birthday present for myself, by picking up a second gtx480 for sli.

I checked Tigerdirect and Newegg, and only found refurbs for evga so far.

Is it a risk to get a refurb card?

Are there any issues if I went with a different company for my second card?

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It depends on the cost. I know that when you but a refurb directly from Evga it only comes with a 90 day warranty. I don't even know that you get that when you buy it from a retailer.

To be honest I would look for a used GTX480 or GTX570 MSI or Asus since they go by the serial number. I've gotten a bum card from evga from an RMA (and an Asus refurb) so they aren't too picky with these refurbs.
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I got a refurb zotac gtx480 from ncix. It cost me 215 + shipping (but it came with the better cooler). Working great thus far for 2 weeks.
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I got a 480 lightning and it's probably the best 480 with a custom pcb and cooler on the market, with it's performance nearly identical to a 570 but selling for $70 less, I had to buy it
    
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It depends on the cost. I know that when you but a refurb directly from Evga it only comes with a 90 day warranty. I don't even know that you get that when you buy it from a retailer.

To be honest I would look for a used GTX480 or GTX570 MSI or Asus since they go by the serial number. I've gotten a bum card from evga from an RMA (and an Asus refurb) so they aren't too picky with these refurbs.
Exactly. But you never know with video cards, I had one refurb from EVGA, a 275, for an rma about two years ago, and it works well to this day (in a friend's system).
Yet I had to rma two new 6800's with EVGA back in the stone age. The second 6800 was sent to me new, still shrink-wrapped, like the first, but missing a capacitor, which could be seen through the clear display sleeve, without even opening it (none found rattling around in the box).

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I got a refurb zotac gtx480 from ncix. It cost me 215 + shipping (but it came with the better cooler). Working great thus far for 2 weeks.
I bought an AMP on sale from NCIX as well, but they were all new cards, although it was $289.99 after a $100 Zotac mir.
Full lifetime warranty after registering it, as with EVGA.
Yours was an even better price though, I didn't know that NCIX had any AMP refurbs. Glad it's working well for you.
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Bought both of my gtx480s on Craigslist for 250 each, no issues for a year now. Both overclocked, never see any slow down for any game. Awesome! !
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EVGA sells 480's for 219 on there B stock page. If it breaks its going to break within the first week.
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What would you guys suggest is the best deal / company for refurbs?

Reference / non reference doesn't matter because I'm putting a water block on the card anyways.
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What would you guys suggest is the best deal / company for refurbs?

Reference / non reference doesn't matter because I'm putting a water block on the card anyways.
They're all reference so it doesn't matter.
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