I'm thinking of buying budget components to build a cheap PC, and I came up with this second hand item:
EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 640 Mb GDDR3
It's being sold as defected, an has this information in the details:
"...The graphics card boots on BIOS, and on Windows, but some weird characters show, so I'm selling it as defected. I accept no complaints."
It' selling in an auction and the price range will be from 10 to 24 USD.
Does it seem worth the risk to you? Is there something I could do to salvage this card?
Well, "weird characters"could very well mean GPU artifacting. This-card-can-boot-up doesn't mean its good-running-condition-for-gaming. I mean, hes blatantly telling you there is something wrong with it. Don't expect it to be something you can fix either. Even in good-working-order that video card isn't worth more than $50. You could ask for an image of what comes on the screen when he boots it up if you wanted to dig deeper, but why waste your time?