Discussion Is it worth buying used GPU

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Hello guys I am thinking to upgrade my GPU but not planning to spend lot of money. I thought what if I get a descent used gpu which helps me for a while. But I have seen that sometimes people gets scammed. So how can I buy used gpu without wasting my money.
 
Buying a used GPU can be a great way to get a good deal, or you can get burned badly.

  • First, knock out too good to be true deals. If the item seems too cheap compared to other similar cards, don't waste your time or money.
  • Also, try to either see the card in person first or buy from a website with buyer protection (like ebay) in case something is wrong.
  • Also, on ebay there are many scam GPUs from china. Most look like this.
I bought a used RX480 8gb Sapphire nitro+ on eBay for $89 which was a very good deal, but didn't seem to be too good to be true.
It shipped with a faulty vbios which I was able to fix, but eBay would have refunded me if I couldn't.

Also, shipping can be costly for big GPUs, so sometimes the best deals are local.
 
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Buying a used GPU can be a great way to get a good deal, or you can get burned badly.

  • First, knock out too good to be true deals. If the item seems too cheap compared to other similar cards, don't waste your time or money.
  • Also, try to either see the card in person first or buy from a website with buyer protection (like ebay) in case something is wrong.
  • Also, on ebay there are many scam GPUs from china. Most look like this.
I bought a used RX480 8gb Sapphire nitro+ on eBay for $89 which was a very good deal, but didn't seem to be too good to be true.
It shipped with a faulty vbios which I was able to fix, but eBay would have refunded me if I couldn't.

Also, shipping can be costly for big GPUs, so sometimes the best deals are local.
Thanks for the suggestions, Its difficult for me to go check gpu locally in person. I was thinking about getting it from ebay.
 
If you get it from eBay,

  • Look for listings that aren't too good to be true.
  • Once you get the GPU, run GPUz to ensure the card checks out and there is no "FAKE" warning.
  • Also run games and make sure the cards performs well and doesnt overheat HWmontitor can see temps.
 
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Also be sure to buy a "name brand" GPU on Ebay because the no-name ones are usually fake, I bought 3-XFX brand RX460's when I found out they would work on legacy bios boards. 1 for my brother and two for my 2 PC's
All work grate an check good.
 
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atinesh.s

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If you get it from eBay,

  • Look for listings that aren't too good to be true.
  • Once you get the GPU, run GPUz to ensure the card checks out and there is no "FAKE" warning.
  • Also run games and make sure the cards performs well and doesnt overheat HWmontitor can see temps.
Ok I’ll keep these things in my mind
 

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Paypal gives you buyers-protection for 30 days. My new rig contains a used b450-i strix, used R7 3700x, used RTX 2080. Got no issues but bought from local-ebay as private purchases. I saved round about 300 euro
Great, I am looking for GPU with 8gb VRAM is GTX 1070 would be ok for my PC
 

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Yes I think that will pair quite nicely. But your powersupply is a bit lacking with 450w. Will most likely work, but at least before a cpu upgrade I would upgrade the psu as well.
I am upgrading GPU not for gaming, I am doing it for deep learning research. If the upgrade doesn’t blows up my computer I am ok ;). I will be upgrading properly in couple of months everything RAM, PSU, GPU, CPU.
 

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