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Originally Posted by 5entinel View Post

I have bought many cards in the past second hand and saved quite a bit of money from it. It's actually the way to go if your budget is tight. Honestly, there is very little difference b/w used and new apart from it being in a clean brand new package.
Used cards although carry some risk but that's not to say that new cards don't either. Brand new cards can be dead of arrival too. Used cards are slightly used but most of the time you don't keep your card for more than 2-3 years anyway.


If your card is DOA then you can RMA provided it's still under warranty and that your card is from Manufacturers that go by serial numbers.

Just be a little careful of who you buy your cards from though. Sometimes people are shifty and they'll send you a card that's already dead and won't claim any responsibility for it.(they'll write that on ebay) so approach those sellers with caution. Yeah, scammers like that exist unfortunately but like I said, you should always buy a card from a reliable reseller.
Their reputation is a good indicator of how well they are as a seller.
good luck

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looks like you want to water cooling I think that voids the warranty if you try to modify the card but that again depends on the manufacturer.

Thank you for your advice! I will do more research on manufacturers that go by serial numbers for warranty. Especially before buying the used card. Wow that sounds really sketchy; a person sending a DOA card instead of the working card and then claiming no responsibility... ill be sure to be cautious when approaching a seller.

As far as i know, ive contacted manufacturers and they said as long as the card is going back into RMA, it has to be 100% factory original condition, so im assuming as long as i dont flash the BIOS and attach the fan heatsink that came with it; pretty much how the card is before the waterblock; i should be fine.

I see cards being sold on OCN all the time, do you think buying a used card here on OCN from an enthusiast (whom i assume takes better care of his cards, than a random guy on craigslist/ebay), is a good idea? Where do you guys go to buy used cards? All i know is ebay, craigslist... and until recently... here at OCN.

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I'd never pay full price for a video card considering they more often than not depreciate by nearly half the original cost after being in the market for only one year. My 7970 was bought used for $250+shipping, and I still have over three and a half years left on the warranty. This card will be covered long after I get rid of it, just like every card Ive bought before it. If you find a good deal and reputable seller go for it. If you buy refurbished make sure you read the warranty info provided by the site selling them, they typically have coverage plans of a year or longer for cheap.

I hear that the warranty service is only available within the first 30 days that you buy your product, is that true? Can i contact a manufacturer and ask to pay for a warranty (even a small one to count for insurance) when it comes to a used card? Say the warranty expires in a year.... does it expire forever? Could i extend it?
post #12 of 14
I've bought and been given a number of used cards and have hardly ever had issues with them. I take care to buy only from people I can trust and/or have a good history buying and selling parts. I only ever buy parts online from places like Reddit and OCN.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by 5entinel View Post

I have bought many cards in the past second hand and saved quite a bit of money from it. It's actually the way to go if your budget is tight. Honestly, there is very little difference b/w used and new apart from it being in a clean brand new package.
Used cards although carry some risk but that's not to say that new cards don't either. Brand new cards can be dead of arrival too. Used cards are slightly used but most of the time you don't keep your card for more than 2-3 years anyway.


If your card is DOA then you can RMA provided it's still under warranty and that your card is from Manufacturers that go by serial numbers.

Just be a little careful of who you buy your cards from though. Sometimes people are shifty and they'll send you a card that's already dead and won't claim any responsibility for it.(they'll write that on ebay) so approach those sellers with caution. Yeah, scammers like that exist unfortunately but like I said, you should always buy a card from a reliable reseller.
Their reputation is a good indicator of how well they are as a seller.
good luck

edit:

looks like you want to water cooling I think that voids the warranty if you try to modify the card but that again depends on the manufacturer.

Thank you for your advice! I will do more research on manufacturers that go by serial numbers for warranty. Especially before buying the used card. Wow that sounds really sketchy; a person sending a DOA card instead of the working card and then claiming no responsibility... ill be sure to be cautious when approaching a seller.

As far as i know, ive contacted manufacturers and they said as long as the card is going back into RMA, it has to be 100% factory original condition, so im assuming as long as i dont flash the BIOS and attach the fan heatsink that came with it; pretty much how the card is before the waterblock; i should be fine.

I see cards being sold on OCN all the time, do you think buying a used card here on OCN from an enthusiast (whom i assume takes better care of his cards, than a random guy on craigslist/ebay), is a good idea? Where do you guys go to buy used cards? All i know is ebay, craigslist... and until recently... here at OCN.

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Originally Posted by LavishB View Post

I'd never pay full price for a video card considering they more often than not depreciate by nearly half the original cost after being in the market for only one year. My 7970 was bought used for $250+shipping, and I still have over three and a half years left on the warranty. This card will be covered long after I get rid of it, just like every card Ive bought before it. If you find a good deal and reputable seller go for it. If you buy refurbished make sure you read the warranty info provided by the site selling them, they typically have coverage plans of a year or longer for cheap.

I hear that the warranty service is only available within the first 30 days that you buy your product, is that true? Can i contact a manufacturer and ask to pay for a warranty (even a small one to count for insurance) when it comes to a used card? Say the warranty expires in a year.... does it expire forever? Could i extend it?

Like any marketplace, there is always a degree of risk involved but one of the ways you can avoid getting scammed is through not gift the payment and actually paying your money as goods through paypal. That should give you some leverage and in case disputes occur, you can open open a dispute claim. If you do get scammed on OCN, contact one of mods and we will see what we can do.

Your warranty again is all depends upon on who you bought your card from and who the manufacturer is.Some resellers will allow after sale warranty.Usually after the reseller warranty is over you'll probably be told to send it or get in contact, directly with the manufacturer if incase your h/w fails after the after sale warranty expires. That is if you wish to claim manufacturer warranty.

As for the buying time - now is good as ever. Like most things you buy, you should always look out for a good bargain. Who knows, you might score on an epic deal. thumb.gif
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by 5entinel View Post

Like any marketplace, there is always a degree of risk involved but one of the ways you can avoid getting scammed is through not gift the payment and actually paying your money as goods through paypal. That should give you some leverage and in case disputes occur, you can open open a dispute claim. If you do get scammed on OCN, contact one of mods and we will see what we can do.

Your warranty again is all depends upon on who you bought your card from and who the manufacturer is.Some resellers will allow after sale warranty.Usually after the reseller warranty is over you'll probably be told to send it or get in contact, directly with the manufacturer if incase your h/w fails after the after sale warranty expires. That is if you wish to claim manufacturer warranty.

As for the buying time - now is good as ever. Like most things you buy, you should always look out for a good bargain. Who knows, you might score on an epic deal. thumb.gif

Thank you 5entinel! I will take this to mind for now on, i am now a lot more confident thanks to all the great advice i got above as well! tongue.gif
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