is refurbished a bad idea when buying a video card? - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > New Systems | Building and Buying
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 10-23-2005, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to bladewarrior7
Default is refurbished a bad idea when buying a video card?

im building a new computer and was looking at video cards and came across this-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103169R

im wondering if this is a good idea or not any help would be appreciated thx in advance.
__________________

bladewarrior7 is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
Field Engineer
 
SHAWN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 4,697
Send a message via AIM to SHAWN
Default

I wouldn't. The only thing I would buy is new.
__________________

__________________
A+, Network + , HP Certified Tech and MCP

Specs: AMD Phenom II X6 1095T, Asus M477TD, 8GB GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 1T, 128GB Crucial M4 SSD, ATi HD4650, W7, 27" HL272 Monitor
SHAWN is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 06:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
PZEROFGH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,553
Send a message via AIM to PZEROFGH
Default

yeah for a video card i wuold buy new, for anything i would buy new lol
__________________
Hmmm?
AIM/Xfire - pzerofgh
PZEROFGH is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 06:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
Member (again)
 
macdude425's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Raul's Wild Kingdom...How 'bout that, huh?
Posts: 4,202
Send a message via AIM to macdude425 Send a message via Yahoo to macdude425
Default

The ONLY thing I would ever buy refurbished is a monitor at a cheap price, and then I would not buy it if it was going to be on a new computer.

So no, I wouldn't buy it.
__________________



Debian Support Forums!
macdude425 is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 06:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 132
Default

Does anyone actually know what it is that they refurbish? I mean I know what parts get added to a refurbished car Alternator etc... But what do they replace on these cards? Blown caps?
__________________
Rig specs:
Aspire X-Dreamer case
Thermaltake Silent Pure-power 480W
P4 3.2Ghz (OC to 3.7Ghz)
ASUS P4P800E
1GB Crucial PC3200 DDR SDRAM
XFX 6800GT AGP (OC to 390Gpu / 1100Memory)
160GB Seagate 7200Rpm HD
Audigy 2 5.1 Sound Card
Plextor DVD Burner
56X CD/DVD-ROM drive
Igetshockedalot is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 06:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 82
Default

Pretty much anything that gets returned can be a refurb. If you open a box & RMA it, they can sell it as a refurb.

The only problem is, you don't know if it WAS used or not... and some yahoo may have put the video card in his system, pumped up the settings in an attempt to OC it, and then returned it. It may last a day, or a week, or not very long at all.
__________________
If I don\'t step over the line every now and again, how will I know where it is?
F6Hawk is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 06:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
PZEROFGH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 7,553
Send a message via AIM to PZEROFGH
Default

when its refurb it has been retured and they checked to see if it was working then put it back on the market
__________________
Hmmm?
AIM/Xfire - pzerofgh
PZEROFGH is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 09:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
Field Engineer
 
SHAWN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 4,697
Send a message via AIM to SHAWN
Default

They could lock pipelines and downgrade an RMA'd video card and resell as a refurb.
__________________
A+, Network + , HP Certified Tech and MCP

Specs: AMD Phenom II X6 1095T, Asus M477TD, 8GB GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 1T, 128GB Crucial M4 SSD, ATi HD4650, W7, 27" HL272 Monitor
SHAWN is offline  
Old 10-23-2005, 09:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3
Send a message via AIM to bladewarrior7
Default

how could they lock pipelines and still have a 16 pipe card on the x800 architechture?
bladewarrior7 is offline  
Old 10-24-2005, 12:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 39
Send a message via AIM to trigger_sad
Default

Refurbs get too much bad rep, actually refurbs are generally not bad because before they leave the manufacturer they get more testing than your average new video card... (or any product for that matter).
__________________

trigger_sad is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.