Xabre... Xabre... Oh yes, they became XGI *shudder.* You could do much better depending on what your price range is and what you want the card to do. IIRC, the Xabre had problems with some games back in the day as well as occasional problems with via chipsets. Check the FAQ in the video card section for a better card in your price range.
I used to order parts in the states, and had them shipped here (Belgium), but that was like 10 years ago when prices here where roughly 2, 3x those in the US. I remember getting a screaming Tseng Labs ET4000 from there. After shipping costs, taxes, handling, import taxes and God knows what, the price difference of >100% turned out to be a 20% or so benefit. Hardly worth it, especially as you can wave guarantee goodbye.
I don't know about Korea, but here you have a 21% sales tax. US prices do not include that tax, but if you order something there, you still have to pay that tax. All in all, I'm not sure I'd recommend it. Especially not for a ~$40 cpu or that crap card you want to buy. Buying something second hand locally might be a better idea if you're on a tight budget
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Actually, if you order in the US over the Internet you may or may not pay tax. You are SUPPOSED to report it to your state and pay taxes, but the retailer is only required to collect taxes if they have nexus (tax liability) in your state. So basically, if I order over the Internet from a big chain like Best Buy, they will charge me taxes. If I order from ZipZoomFly.com who are located in California, they do NOT charge me taxes.
I live in Louisiana and with my local city taxes, I'm charged 8.75% (which is high in the US). Sometimes it's cheaper for me to buy something from another state over the Internet and pay shipping instead of buying the same item over here.
...I have a friend with a Xabre 400 64MB DDR, it runs great. And he picked it up at a store for something like $40, that is really cheap for a graphics card that fast.
I didn't benchmark it, I just ran a few games like Unreal and the like.
So I say go for it and buy one if you can find a great deal; if you can't - then there are plenty of older Radeons and GeForce type boards for really cheap as well.
Either of the three are fine cards - unless your mouth waters over having the highest frame rate available at any given moment. Otherwise, a cheap Xabre will be fine for most games.
As far as ordering abroad, I wouldn't consider it. By the time you worry about the extra shipping or any extra fees, plus the fact that you don't have easy support of the product is bad; sending it back is a headache, it just isn't worth it.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by brandon22 on 02/18/04 10:38 AM.</EM></FONT></P>