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Well the overall e-shopping websites/businesses that have sprung up all over the place as well as a growing notion of 'I'll build it myself attitude' has lent itself, no doubt, towards a decline for this big box electronics stores. However, I can't see Best Buy shutting down or ending up like Circuit City. There will, unfortunately, always be a large amount of uneducated/unwilling participants within our economy that will still go for the average customer service and slim pickens of a Best Buy over the do it yourself, more affordable shops and e-commerce sites. Also, I'll blame Steve Jobs for closing peoples computer/tech minds as it pertains to hardware and the extremes we can take things (I can explain this theory more if you'd like).
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A customer review of the 2GB 520

"The Asus GeForce 8600 GT video card w/ 512MB in my HP crashed. I use my computer mostly for PhotoShop so I wanted to increase the video memory and for the price this seemed like the card to get. With this card the Windows Performance Factor dropped from 5.6 to 4.3. Key factors for buying, 2Gb Ram, dual monitor support w/ DVI and HDMI output. Occasinally we drag the computer in to the living room and hook in the flat panel TV.
Installation was very easy. The power supply in the system met the minumum requirements. This caused blue specks on the monitor and issues with video/youtube play. Upgraded with a 600W PS, 48 amp on 12v bus and it works great.
What's great about it: 2GB RAM and dual monitor capability.
What's not so great: Mini HDMI out instead of full size HDMI."

For some reason he gives it 5 stars even though his WEI dropped
 
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I sense the next new thing, evga branded geeksquad overclocking!
    
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For some reason he gives it 5 stars even though his WEI dropped
WEI is like golf, lower is better.
 
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post #155 of 180
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Originally Posted by Zetsou View Post
Well the overall e-shopping websites/businesses that have sprung up all over the place as well as a growing notion of 'I'll build it myself attitude' has lent itself, no doubt, towards a decline for this big box electronics stores. However, I can't see Best Buy shutting down or ending up like Circuit City. There will, unfortunately, always be a large amount of uneducated/unwilling participants within our economy that will still go for the average customer service and slim pickens of a Best Buy over the do it yourself, more affordable shops and e-commerce sites. Also, I'll blame Steve Jobs for closing peoples computer/tech minds as it pertains to hardware and the extremes we can take things (I can explain this theory more if you'd like).
home built computers don't even come into play.

Best Buy makes over 90% of their money from extended warranties. They're basically an insurance company, few people actually realize this.
    
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home built computers don't even come into play.

Best Buy makes over 90% of their money from extended warranties. They're basically an insurance company, few people actually realize this.
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Seconding this
    
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The only reason EVGA made best-buy exclusive cards is so that the model numbers would be different. This way Best Buy can advertise that they price match, without having anything to match their prices to.

If you look at the models/SKU's for the more important items sold at Best Buy (TVs, laptops, etc) you'll find that most of them don't exist anywhere else.
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Pretty sure BBY isn't the only retail store that does that.
 
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Pretty sure BBY isn't the only retail store that does that.
Not at all...but the point is that EVGA is trying to spin it off with some "exclusive" marketing when (I'm guessing) that they had to do it to meet best buy's requirements to sell there anyway. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, but it's good to know.
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