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August 19, 2012 6:04:32 AM

So i have a 5770 right now and I found this guy who is willing to trade me his 9 month old 6970 for my 5770 and 100$. It seems to me that this is a pretty good deal. Should I take it?
Also there is another guy who is trying to sell 2 6950s (unlocked to 6970s) for 150$ each.
Which is a better deal?

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August 19, 2012 6:17:16 AM

Well, ideally, the two 6950s overclocked to 6970 speeds would give you the most power. However, what games are you playing and at what resolution? Also, how much are you willing to spend on a GPU upgrade? You also need to take into consideration your PSU. Will it be able to handle the upgrade?

You'll need to make sure these used GPUs are performing well. Make sure they aren't overheating or failing. Make sure their performance is up to par with how they're supposed to be performing. You need to be wary of used components. They typically come with a lower price for a reason.
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August 19, 2012 6:24:56 AM

Well, the crossfire ones would definitely be better, I'm just wondering if those are good deals if they are running well.
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a c 198 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 7:15:24 AM

What power supply are you running? And your 5770 should go for like $100, while you are giving him basically $200 for a card thats much more expensive. I'd go for it.

BUT I would try it in your computer first and run it for a bit. There's a reason he wants to get rid of it.
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August 19, 2012 5:08:09 PM

My power supply is a 550w. I'm sure it could run the single, just not so sure about the double, but that's something that I can deal with later if it's a problem. The guy with the 6970 was selling his entire computer and I said hey I'll trade you my card and some money and you will still be able to sell your computer as a whole, so he said yes. Supposedly he's got some stuff in pawn and that's why he's selling, but who really knows. I just wasn't sure how fast computer parts depreciate in value just from being owned. I'm bringing my computer to try it before I buy it for sure.
Also, he's still got the receipt from Newegg, if he gives that to me and the thing breaks before the 3 year period will I be able to get it fixed?
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 5:11:03 PM

I think the 6970 is a better deal, assuming it works. it basically plays all games maxed on 1920x1080 with respectable fps.
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a b U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 5:20:31 PM

Nubfish said:
So i have a 5770 right now and I found this guy who is willing to trade me his 9 month old 6970 for my 5770 and 100$. It seems to me that this is a pretty good deal. Should I take it?
Also there is another guy who is trying to sell 2 6950s (unlocked to 6970s) for 150$ each.
Which is a better deal?


Obviously, first option is a much better deal.

Mainly because of two factors: 1. you buy 6970 for 100$, which is quite cheap. 2. And then you can buy 6950 for very cheap and unlock it yourself pretty easily, thus saving a ton of money. IMHO, of course.
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August 19, 2012 5:24:13 PM

Will the 3 year warranty transfer to me if I have the receipt?
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 5:31:13 PM

master_chen said:
Obviously, first option is a much better deal.

Mainly because of two factors: 1. you buy 6970 for 100$, which is quite cheap. 2. And then you can buy 6950 for very cheap and unlock it yourself pretty easily, thus saving a ton of money. IMHO, of course.



of course, unlockign it is usually the reference models and early models that can do so. any of the current gen ones cannot really do it. and of course, doing so offers the risk of bricking and hopefully you have a dual bios on the card.
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a b U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 5:44:12 PM

dudewitbow said:
unlocking it is usually the reference models and early models

Well, he didn't specify the exact model/version at the first offer, and it's actually not that hard to get the upgradable HD 6950 these days...IMHO, of course.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 5:50:38 PM

@ Nubfish: Specs, please.
I'd say the best deal is #1.
The 6950 is not a 6970: They use different PCBs and memory and fully unlocking a 6950 can cause premature failure of memory chips (which is why I've only unlocked the shaders on mine ;)  ).
The stock cooler can get loud, and hot so hopefully the cards you have in mind have better than reference coolers.
Of course Crossfired 6950s are in a different league to a single 6970, but you'll have to put in a more powerful PSU to feed them and your motherboard needs to support PCI-E 2.0 at X8 when in crossfire mode.
Also one last point: A lot of motherbvards put their PCI-E slts too close together which causes heating problems with the top card because its airfow is blocked by the card below.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 5:54:01 PM

If you decide to unlock just modify the clocks in the new rom before flashing the card to current stock values. Don't touch anything else in the editor.
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August 19, 2012 6:24:59 PM

The 6950s are already unlocked, the guy who is selling them unlocked them.
Here's my setup, I know I'd probably have to get a new PSU if I got the 2 cards to crossfire.
MOBO: (just got it last week)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 813157262R
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814161310
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811517007
CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103674
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820211409
PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817341022

Here is the 6970:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These are the 6950s, but I think he already sold them, or he never checks his email:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But what I REALLY want to know is if the warranty will transfer if I have the receipt??
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a c 198 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 6:34:40 PM

master_chen said:
Obviously, first option is a much better deal.

Mainly because of two factors: 1. you buy 6970 for 100$, which is quite cheap. 2. And then you can buy 6950 for very cheap and unlock it yourself pretty easily, thus saving a ton of money. IMHO, of course.


The new cards dont unlock anymore. They started laser cutting the shaders.
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August 19, 2012 6:41:27 PM

Deemo13 said:
The new cards dont unlock anymore. They started laser cutting the shaders.


It's like you guys don't even read what I type. I just said the guy already unlocked them, and I gave you a link to the product.
AND none of you has answered my only remaining question which would make a HUGE difference to whether they are worth it or not. He bought them from newegg, if I get his receipt will the 3 year warranty transfer to me or not?
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 7:13:36 PM

Nubfish said:
It's like you guys don't even read what I type. I just said the guy already unlocked them, and I gave you a link to the product.
AND none of you has answered my only remaining question which would make a HUGE difference to whether they are worth it or not. He bought them from newegg, if I get his receipt will the 3 year warranty transfer to me or not?



Most people don't read, they just assume and post away. That is how it is everywhere with rare exceptions.

Go ahead buy trade, just do the usual ect ect and enjoy the new card.
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a c 191 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 7:17:33 PM

@ Nubfish: The only way to resolve the warranty issue is to read its terms: Here in the UK warranties are the responsibility of the seller and usually they cannot be transferred.
Or you could call the 'Egg, (just do n't mention the unlocked part).
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a c 198 U Graphics card
August 19, 2012 8:03:30 PM

I did say earlier that it was worth it and I would go for it. And they are. Just make sure it works without flaw.
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August 19, 2012 11:35:35 PM

Best answer selected by Nubfish.
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