Originally Posted by mfillpot
I always condier a refurb a risk, the question at hand is why was it returned. Although on many refurbs they fixed the faulty part there may still be other problem that just have not been found.
On something like a video card, however, there is nothing that they could really repair. If they tested it and it does in fact work, then it was probably simply a return because a) the original purchaser found a better deal somewhere else, or b) had compatibility problems that they were unable to solve, probably because of their own technical shortcomings (e.g. not knowing to uninstall all old drivers first, etc.)
Now something with many parts (like a printer or a monitor), I would be more wary of buying a refurb. Returned but otherwise "like new" products I have no problems with, but I don't want repaired products.