A friend is offering me a deal on his Diamond 6870 XOC that comes with a 850w thermaltake Power Supply. All this is for ($150). Nothing is wrong with the card, he just upgraded to two 580s. So is buying a used gpu worth it, or should I turn it down?
Yes definitley if you are smart and aware of dangers
always try to make sure you see it tested if possible
Working at Radioshack as a manager for 8 years
Iearned that electronics if they make it through the first 90
days or so
will last a long time if not abused
for example if they are overheated or subject to electrical surges
otherwise any defects will show in the first six months or earlier
I have video cards from 2004 still working fine
if he is a good friend than that makes it better
he shouldnt mind if you install and test it
If I am selling to friends I usually will give a three day defective return
guarantee as long as item is not abused
Give it a quick test, as long as it works fine, you shouldn't have issue. I've been using a second hand q9550 cpu for years now, bought it off a mate who special ordered it right before the i7's dropped, his mobo died after 2 months, so he went the x58 upgrade path, the cpu has been running like a beast for years
It is a great deal. I would test the card out first though. Plug it in, update drivers and all that and just run a benchmark - I normally just let Unigine Heaven run in stress mode for about half an hour and if its still going, the card is just fine.
As for the PSU, that's a bit harder to test, but that psu has gotten good reviews from what I have briefly seen, so you should be ok with it too. Once again, I would suggest you plug everything in with that PSU and see if the system works with that benchmark for a while.