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n7girl 1 month ago

Thoughts? Experiences? Risks?

I'm building my first PC, so I'm curious what the general consensus will be. Would be really nice to save a bit on the build upfront, but I am not sure if it would be worth it.


UPDATE: Got my card! It was overclocked, but everything is smooth and stable so far =D

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n7girl submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 days ago

So I bought a used graphics card! I'll let you all know how it went once I get everything up an running. It was used for mining for four months and was advertised with "not a scratch on it, or money back" lol. Seller had 100% positive feedback from all their sales and they were quite descriptive in how they ran the cards.

Its a Sapphire RX580 Nitro+ 8GB -- I won the auction at $136.50 US and it comes with all the original packaging. So we'll see!

macetotheface 1 point 13 days ago

Have you received the card yet?

n7girl submitter 1 Build 2 points 13 days ago

Tracking says I should get it by tomorrow (the 6th) and it is the last piece I am waiting for. Soon we'll find out if any of my components work xD

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Got the card! It was overclocked, but came in good condition, and is running smooth so far!

macetotheface 1 point 7 days ago

Glad to hear!

TexasNiteowl 1 point 1 month ago

lol. I'll tell you next week. I just bought a used 1080ti that should arrive Monday. I bought from an individual on a hardware forum, not ebay fwiw. I've seen prices between $500 and $600 usd for 1080ti's.

I "needed" a 1080ti to drive my new monitor, a 100hz 3440x1440. I didn't want to pay for a 2080, so saved a few $$ (not that much really) for a 1080ti.

A lot of these may have been used for mining and/or folding at home, etc. So you'll just need to ask the seller what environment they were used in and then it is down to what you are comfortable with. Plus some manufacturers allow transferable warranties (EVGA) but I don't know all the ins and outs of that.

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Haha you'll have to let us know! Good luck. Thanks!

TexasNiteowl 1 point 1 month ago

I did receive my used card today. It looks in great condition...but, I won't be able to install it for a day or 2. I need to take my PC outside or into my garage and blow out the dust before installing my new power supply and the 1080ti. But....it is only 22 degrees here today! Don't get me wrong, I want to install it badly...but 22 degrees and me do not agree!

TexasNiteowl 1 point 1 month ago

Update. I did get my card installed last Wednesday. It is doing just great. And it was an EVGA so I contacted them and they confirmed it is under warranty until Jan. 2021. So I'm happy with it. Did I save that much money over a 2080? $100 or so, so in the scheme of things, no, not really. But I don't need the raytracing or whatever. On the forum I purchased from, some 1080ti's are priced even lower than what I paid, so it just depends what they were used for.

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Well I'm glad it worked out!

2fm 1 point 1 month ago

Go for it i buy a 1070ti yesterday « used » look line new with box and The original bag for 400canadian Dont worry buying used if its a trusted seller

maes 1 point 1 month ago

I've bought 2 different GPU's used from people on Gumtree (Australia buy and sell site) and I got a great deal on a GTX 1070 for $300 AUD (which is about $215 USD) and they stated that the GPU was used for roughly a year. This was about 5 months ago, and the card is still powering my system today.

I would buy used if you need too - but stay away from GPU's that have been used for mining. This puts the card at 100% usage with 100% fan speed the majority of the time, which greatly decreases the life span of the GPU.

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, I'm pretty much looking for what is was used for. And whether they overclocked it.


BetrayedPredator 1 point 1 month ago

Uh what?

Mining doesn't harm a GPU at all

If anything gaming will do more harm, power cycles kill not a constant load

Fans can be replaced and rated to thousands of hours

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I've heard this argument too haha. That's what makes it such an interested topic

bengy22 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

If you are worried about buying used you can always stick with Evga, they allow the warranty to follow the Gpu so if the original owner only had it for a year you will get those 2 years of warranty (3 total years). One thing to note is bstock evga cards (refurbished cards from evga directly) don't transfer and for second hand users (anyone who buys used) the warranty starts from when it leaves the factory. If you are worried about the warranty length just ask the seller for the S/n and send a email to evga asking about the length, ive done this multiple times and they usually get back within the day. I bought a used evga 980ti two weeks ago and have had no problems with also the option of warranty cause mine still had some left. Just feel out the seller and make sure they are not trying to scam you or pull anything weird and you shouldn't have any problems.

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

That's great information. Thank you!

JMak00 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Used 570s and 580s are cheap enough that you can get a year of more out of them for a 1080p display.

Hell, 570s are $150 new if you keep an eye on slickdeals.net.

connor333 1 point 1 month ago

Thought I'd never buy used, but didn't want to spend over 800 on a 2080 when I could buy a 1050ti sc2 for 550 used. So I went on ebay and made sure it was a card that had 30 day return policy.

It wasn't in the best shape, despite the description and user feedback. But I couldn't blame seller really since I had to wait for other parts to arrive before putting together and testing out. It seemed to be running warmer than it should have but a good cleaning and reapplying thermal paste did the trick.

Won't buy used again though unless I'm absolutely broke and if GPU prices remain a joke.

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

It's my first time building, so the troubleshooting does worry me lol. Thank god for youtube xD

bucketofcrud12 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

I just bought my first new GPU today. every GPU before this has been used. I have never once had issues buying used. maybe I have really good luck or something, but in my experience, as long as you go to reputeable sellers on ebay or similar platforms, you should be ok. on top of that, most of the people that sell stuff here are decent too.

n7girl submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


dschutt84 3 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Bought a used GTX 1060 6gb card when the prices for GPU's were just starting to go insain (Summer 2017 $200). Its been overclocked pretty much from that day on and have zero issues. I've been currently looking to replace this 1060 with either a 1070 ti or 1080. Ive also bought used CPU's and RAM. The only thing ive never bought used were motherboards and hard drives.

bucketofcrud12 4 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

lol. dont buy used motherboards, just a word of caution. so far, I've been screwed every time I did. once with a B350, once with a Z170, and once with an X99. they were even high quality from good brands. two were Asus, one was MSI. oddly enough, these are the only used parts I've ever really had issues with. (unless you count the stuff I've bought broken that I fixed purposefully).

AvocadosToast 1 point 15 days ago

Some people are not trustworthy. They can sell you a card that will die out in a month after purchase.