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I do not plan on buying anything used when I build my first computer. But im wondering if I was to consider it what do I need to know?
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teh few that stick out the most to me would be

1) does it work
2) average temps durring use
3) OC ability
4) max voltage run through it


TBH there are tones of things to consider, but i would say that these are the big 4 smile.gif
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Originally Posted by eskamobob1 View Post

teh few that stick out the most to me would be
1) does it work
2) average temps durring use
3) OC ability
4) max voltage run through it
TBH there are tones of things to consider, but i would say that these are the big 4 smile.gif

Yeah then I will just stick with buying new.
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Yeah then I will just stick with buying new.

You can save a bundle though, a lot of OCNers here at the OCN marketplace sell very good used graphics cards with pretty good discounts to purchase new hardware. Many members have trader feedback as well so you can read up on their buying/selling history
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Originally Posted by mingqi53 View Post

You can save a bundle though, a lot of OCNers here at the OCN marketplace sell very good used graphics cards with pretty good discounts to purchase new hardware. Many members have trader feedback as well so you can read up on their buying/selling history

i will agree with that smile.gif... may a times i have gotten severly discounted hardware here in our for sale section... you can get amazing deals if you know what you want smile.gif
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I've purchased two cards second hand in eBay.
Both have worked excellently.
- only buy cards that the seller has actually taken pictures of
- see if the card has a warranty or any warranty left
- ask what kind of case the card was used in and what it was used for
- ask if OC'd or modded

Other than that you can't do much more to make sure you get a solid card. I bought a radeon 5850 to bitcoin mine with and it's been running for months at a 30% OC at 100%. I also bought a gtx 580 SC for $330 to install in my gaming pc, it was dusty but after I replaced the TIM on the card and cleaned dust off the vrm it worked great and still has been for the past year.
Used cards work great, just buy from trusted sellers with actual product images.
- chmodlabs
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What kind of cards are you looking to buy?

They covered it here, I would try to stay away from random stores that are selling "open box" cards on ebay. Stick to a reputable company or a private sale through Ebay or OCN. I happen to have a couple cards I'm looking to sell tongue.gif so if a 1 or 2 GTX570s intrest you, pm me.
 
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Hmm ok thanks everybody!
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