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Buying a used 7970, what to look for?

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I will upgrade my mobo/ram/cpu within the next few days and I'm also looking forward to buying a used 7970 from ebay. What are your thoughts? What should I notice and be careful with?

Thanks
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post #2 of 9
I just bought a 7950 on ebay. It seemed to work well. I sent my money off and have yet to hear anything, which makes me concerned. I am curious what others have to say here.
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post #3 of 9
you might snag a cheap brandnew 7950 with 3 games or

http://www.overclock.net/t/1417038/2-reference-amd-radeon-hd-7970s-diamond-visiontek-ghz-edition-bios

my bad. you're from Cyprus.
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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Is your card still working right?

Is anyone here selling his 7970 maybe?
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post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by patriotaki View Post

Is your card still working right?

Is anyone here selling his 7970 maybe?

Check in the Marketplace!

http://www.overclock.net/t/1417038/2-reference-amd-radeon-hd-7970s-diamond-visiontek-ghz-edition-bios/

http://www.overclock.net/t/1430929/sapphire-and-xfx-7970s-fresh-from-rma/
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post #6 of 9
try to get a reference card, they overclock the best.
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post #8 of 9
The ghz edition should be faster than the OC edition, and I heard a rumor that they are releasing an update firmware for the ghz edition to turn them into 280xes.
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Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
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post #9 of 9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bombastinator View Post

The ghz edition should be faster than the OC edition, and I heard a rumor that they are releasing an update firmware for the ghz edition to turn them into 280xes.
hmm thanks for the info but what about the ebay seller should i trust?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4710HQ Acer GTX 860m 8 GB 
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WD Blue Kingston SSD 
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AMD FX 8350 Black Edition @ 4.22Ghz ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA Z Sapphire 7870 Flex GHz edition G Skill TridentX 16GB @2133Mhz 
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