StuG wrote:I would only buy one from XFX with a lifetime warranty that will transfer to you (meaning original owner is selling it). Also, I would expect it to die within 1-2 years rather than 3-4. Basically, there is going to have to be an awesome discount from a highly reputable person to really want to consider a used graphics card.
mmmmmdonuts21 wrote:If he was using them for bit coin mining that means those cards were on 24/7, possibly overclocked. Either way those cards were in a high stress/heat environment and that could significantly shorten the life span. I guess if you were saving more money than you are with this deal I may jump on it but it looks like your saving $30-$40 at most from what you can buy brand new with a warranty.
I have bought used graphics cards without a problem but if your not saving a ton of money, then it might not be worth it in my opinion.
Does this guy have references such as ebay and/or heatware? If its craigslist I would be very wary and I would want to see it work in person before I bought it.
just brew it! wrote:Used for Bitcoin mining? Sounds dicey to me. As mmmmmdonuts21 notes, those cards have been run hard 24x7; if they were overclocked and/or used in a case with inadequate ventilation, they could have issues. I'd hold out for a bigger discount off list price, or pass.
TurtlePerson2 wrote:A bit off-topic, but is Bitcoin mining worth the amount of power that it would take to run those cards?
Bensam123 wrote:You never know what people do with used cards. I've made quite a few transactions on eBay directly dealing with technology and a rule of thumb I've stuck too is not to buy storage mediums. I don't buy used hard drives, used SSDs (these are like disposable napkins), or any other other sort of storage unless they're new or under warranty still.
Other hardware is a lot harder to burn out since it has no moving parts (relatively speaking). Warranties are nice, but I wouldn't worry about them. I would rely more on paypal and the seller offering returns on the items. If the seller sends you a box of rocks it's pretty easy to get your money back through eBay, just the same as if they send you something that isn't as advertised.
eBay is really about time/money ratios. How much is your time really worth? eBay transactions can go either really good or sometimes really bad, so it's a good idea to think of it like that. It's always a gamble.
Sync: 6950s are no longer unlockable. It was just the first run of them that were.
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