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I am looking to buy a second 5830 Sapphire Graphics Card and have found a used one for sale.

It is 6 months old/used (about the same amount of time I have had mine for) and costs $100cdn less than the cheapest new one I have found.

I heard not a good thing to buy if the person has overclocked it (mine has not been) and I have asked if it has been, but need to wait for a reply. If it has been Overclocked, can it be un-Overclocked? (yes, I am that much of a Noob)

Getting this would leave me money to get a CPU fan also right away. I would also be buying this from some place just up the street from my work place, so feel abit easier knowing that instead of getting it from someone in another city or something.

Is there anything you can think of I should ask even?
    
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post #2 of 19
you could put the clocks back to default but who knows how far hes overclocked it and how long he has had it overclocked and hopefully it was properly cooled
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post #3 of 19
Check up on the warranty.

I don't think Sapphire will accept an RMA from someone who purchased the card second hand. Other than that, there is no real way to tell if it has been overclocked besides if it is damaged physically some way.

Overclocking doesn't mean the card is bad, it is just something to be aware of. I have an 8800gt that is perfectly fine that ran overclocked 24/7 for a year. The only way that an overclock would be permanent is if they had flashed the cards BIOS to something else, or modded the hardware physically.

Everything else is a software adjustment that can be undone AFAIK.
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post #4 of 19
i wouldn't hesitate if the seller was reputable.
though its probably worth checking if the seller would assist with rma's if the card has been registered
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post #5 of 19
warranty status is what i would be interested in. And overclocking usually isnt harmful unless there was some crazy overclocking
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post #6 of 19
yeah, you should ask, if they overclocked, what speed they set it to, but more importantly what voltages they used, as high voltages are what will degrade any hardware.
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post #7 of 19
I got a Sapphire card used and then did an RMA with the original receipt from the guy I bought it from and got it fixed, but that is just what happened for me.

I also don't think the OC damages hardware unless the temps get too high.
post #8 of 19
If it was overclocked, it will no longer be overclocked when you install it in your machine. The overclock isn't on the card itself, it is done in software.

As long as it still works, I wouldn't have a problem with buying an overclocked card. Tell him in advance you want to see a benchmark running on it (i.e. Vantage) before you buy it. This will ensure it is in good working order before you take it home.
post #9 of 19
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Ok, well, not sure about being able to check anykind of [reputablitly] as this is off of Craiglist/Kijiji.

If I do get a email back from them (if it is still available) I was ask:

- If it was overclocked if they flashed the cards BIOS when Overclocking.
- What speed they set it to and what voltages they used.
- If they would assist with rma's if the card has been registered.
- If they have the original Reciept.
- And a Benchmark on it.


Thanks guys.
    
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post #10 of 19
I wouldn't ask to see a benchmark score - just have him run a benchmark after you get to his place to buy it (assuming you go to his house to buy it). That's the only way to protect yourself from a dead card - ensure that it is working at the very moment you buy it. If you just ask for a benchmark result, he could be lying, copy/pasting someone else's score from the internet, or it might have been taken earlier, but now the card doesn't work.
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