What brand model is it? Seems like a good deal. You won't touch a card like that for $85 CAD. I'd just make sure it is in working order and he isn't selling you a card that has memory issues or anything. Depending on what brand it is, some have transferable warranties, like XFX. I'd look into that.
Good call Jay- that sounds almost too good to be true. In the US you can get a GTS250 or an HD 4850 for about $90 right now, and thats about as good as you'll get, and Canada tends to be a bit more expensive. Its a good deal, just make sure it is what you think it is.
Found a guy who sells NVidia 9800gtx for 85$ CDN, basically same in US now a days, would you say a good deal?
Can I get something better for that price?
When you say, "found a guy," do you mean that you found someone selling it used for $85? Are you buying it straight from a person, or through a website? Do you have a chance to test it before paying for it? Are you going to get robbed or stabbed when you meet this guy in a Wal-Mart parking lot to exchange cash for card?
If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure you do your homework before you even consider forking over your cash for that deal. You don't want to be the next TH headline for a story about someone who got jacked trying to save a few dollars - bottom line, be careful.
Used for $85? thats not AS good of a deal, still might be solid if you can't find anything cheaper on ebay or whatever. Its a pretty good card for $85, but I would spend a little more to get a new card and not have to go to some random guys house. that might just be me though.
Any tips on how I can test the card or the fact that it is running is good enough?
Well if the seller is a nice-guy he would allow you to test it properly or show proof of its condition. And to do this you could try running a benchmark or 2 maybe do some stress testing. Now you do want to ask about the warranty if any...some or most manufactures have lifetime warranty of some kind and you want to check to see if that follows the card and not the first owner. Some companies allow the card to carry its warranty from owner to second owner and so on.
Just to name a few tests i know
And really what these tests will do if allow you to see stability matched to other peoples setup similar to your own and rate its performance to really see what the gpu is doing. And again buyer beware because there isnt much you can do if that gpu last 1 week vs 5 years...but at least defiantly check on the manufacturer website and read up on the warranty.
Hope this helped
Edit: Personally i would almost always buy new rather than used and you can find upgrades for around that price which would insure being outdated a little bit less as time goes on.
Well, that card is a decent bit slower than the 9800GTX you were looking at used, and the HD 4850. The 4850 at $101 is a better deal IMO. The 9800GTX used is a good deal too as long as all is as it seems.
P.S. No idea if you guys know, but how are EVGA with their mail-in rebates?
I would say thats pretty much what your looking for but maybe buy from newegg.com its the same item but they do really nice 3 day shipping and if you order it today (not to rush it) but you will most likely have it before the end of the week depending on where you live and driver traveling conditions! But yea thats a the best after rebate price ive seen for that card and ive looked over a few well known sites and newegg.com will definatly reassure you with there assume feedback and customer service!
Edit: Yea i wouldnt count out that used card either...used doesnt mean broken lol just see how that plays out and then decide on something else if that seems to iffy or doesnt pan out and if the budget can be stretched i would recommend looking around for possible upgrades that would help out alot more than something to settle for...there is nothing like settling and being disappointed or let down.