I can currently get a GTX 580 for 225 euros (283 US $) second hand and a GTX 680 for 425 euros (534 US $) second hand. I know the GTX 680 has much better performance, but is it really worth very nearly 2x the price? I am playing at 1080p and I might go for 3D Vision, so I hope the GTX 580 is good enough for that.
Any advice on which to choose?
(I have a GTX 260-216 right now)
I buy second hand all the time. Hasn't got me yet. I recently picked up a Samsung 128BG SSD (the one before the 830) and a GTX460 256bit for $185.
For twice the price? Probably not. If you going for 3D for sure then try to get the 680. If its a maybe then I'd get the GTX580. $300ish is a bit steep however as the GTX580 has issues keeping up with the 7850 and the GTX660TI which are both $300 cards new. Getting a $17 break on a card that uses more power and emits more heat with no warranty doesn't seem like much of a break.
I consider buying computer parts like buying a car. They go down in value so fast that anytime you can save some money you should. Who cares if you get a 3yr warranty. When it dies, do you really want a new 3yr old card? I upgrade more often then that. I always buy used when I can and so far its worked for me.
European will always have higher pricing. Just saying you should look around some as the converted prices don't have that GTX580 looking so good.
Captainblacko, its not that I'm an eco warrior. But when looking at cards you need to look at all aspects of it. Price, performance, and yes power usage should all be considered. A $283 for a card that performs like a new $300 card that uses less power and has a warranty doesn't sound like much of a deal to me. If I saved $17 and got the more power friendly card then MAYBE, but even then probably not.
This post is still open. don't buy used mate hope you haven't bought a card already. just do what I am about to do. Buy a GTX 680 the EVGA brands are dirt cheap at the moment $469 and i am not sure what that is in your country but with prices so low why not buy new.