I found an offer for a Diamond Radeon HD 5870 for $120. I thought "man, I need to get on this deal!" Turns out, the graphics card is 2 years old and of course no more warranty... What would you guys do? I personally would not get it because the thought of it not working is heartbreaking... However, if I get some good reasons or maybe some ways to determine if it has a lot of juice left, then I would reconsider!
I wish i had the money i would buy it! thats a way good deal for condition, seems like a legit seller with 100% positive feedback.
Most used 6870's go for around $125ish and that ones newISH lol.
Just a suggestion but the 5870 is a good card none the less and diamond seems to do well (although im not a fan of named brands id prefer to buy an upgraded fan myself and simply slightly overclock myself for minimal more then stock price vs branded OC)
I had assumed the 6870 was the remake of 5870 but your right just another downgraded upgrade to make more money. My apologies again for the misinformation.. in that case it sounds like a good deal, i would imagine you can get atleast 5 years out of most cards with regular thermal paste replacement and standard use, i generally replace mine before they die so thats a good sign. if its been running for 2 years strong its probably gotten past any factory issues and should last awhile id imagine.
Up to you! sounds like a toughy, it would have to depend on who the owner is and how well maintained for me to buy it. good luck!
Me again. I actually have that Diamond 5870 in my second machine. It was my main card for over 2 years (I think it cost me something like $400 at the time) and frankly one of the best graphics cards I've ever had. I played Crysis at 2560x1600 on it, medium settings and it was fine. So buying anything used contains an element of risk, but for $120 you're getting a quality unit (and it doesn't hurt that ATI has had the time to iron out some of the driver issues).