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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by BigD6997, May 27, 2006.

  1. BigD6997

    BigD6997 New Member

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    ok here it is, saphire x1800xt 512 new- $299

    same card open box new- $249

    is it worth the price difference, i dont need any of the stuff that comes with the retail model.

    but saving 50 bucks, any experiences with open box items?
     
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    From my experience you have a much greater chance of getting a DOA product.
     
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    BigD6997 New Member

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    yeah, thats what i was thinking, but i didnt know if it was worth the chance, and if it was already a bad product someone returned, the overclocking prob wont be very good either..
     
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    HELL NO!! My X1800XL worked fine for a little while, then artifacts galore. Pay the extra price and get the retail version. I was fortunate enough to get a service rep to cancel the 25 buck restocking fee.
     
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    kk ill take everyones word for it, ill pay the xtra $$
     
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    open box = refurb?
     
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    BigD6997 New Member

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    yup basicly
     
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    BigD6997 New Member

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    maybe not even a refurb, actually idk, they used to say refurb, but now they say open box at newegg, humm i wonder
     
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    I wouldn't personally buy one because you don't know why someone didn't want it.
     
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    yeah i dont think im goin to get it, ima get a brand new one:roll:
     
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    'Open Box' graphics cards tend to not come with any drivers or cables. The drivers arent a problem as the disc probably contained older drivers anyway but the cables will probably cost you more money if you dont have any lying about your house.

    PS 'Open Box' items dont usually have a 12 month warranty (usually only 3 months warranty is given)
     
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    oh ok, yeah i have plenty of cables, but my warrentys bound to be void within a few weeks anyways... mods woot, but i went a head and bought this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127180

    cuz it has a mail-in rebate x1800xt 512 for $269 cant beat it, and i also picked up a accelero x2 for 22 bucks there 10 bucks off on newegg! + i sold my 7800gt for 225 so im only out 40ish bucks, i feel its worth the upgrade.. cant wait to get it in... + im sick of nVidia and not having as good of image quailty as my old x850(kinda wish i kept the x850pro flashed to xt)
     
  13. markkleb Guest

    If ur talking about Newegg go for it! It still has a guarantee (15 days). Some of the stuff comes with some things and some comes with everything. (some is bare too) I have bought 20 things that way and only 1 was no good, but newegg exchanged it for me.
     
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    ohh well to late, + the saphire open box was sold out anyways, but with this mail in rebate it should turn out to be 10 bucks more than a open box
     
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    I second this
     
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    Well I think itd be fine for someone who wouldnt play games or overclock it, just normal word and stuff. The again I doubt they'd get a x1800xt for it. So kinda useless post
     
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    lol, yeah why would you need a good card for word?
     
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    has anyone heard any good stuff about the msi x1800xt? ive looked at reviews and all of them say that its just a ati card with a sticker over the ati sticker..lol
     
  19. markkleb Guest

    Thats when its not worth the "open box". If its $30 or more go for it. But if its $10 or even $20 get the Retail version.
    For me I usually get the "Open box" because I cant wait till I modify whatever I bought. The guarantee is worthless to me.

    Please let me know how you like the X1800 (I almost got one today)
     
  20. markkleb Guest

    Msi has been making Nvidia cards (good ones ) for a while. They just started to make the ATI stuff a couple of years ago. I have ALWAYS had good luck with MSI...

    I think most co. use the reference board (a copy of the origional ATI) otherwise there would have to be hundreds of diff fans and heatsinks.
     
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    well, no a lot of the review say they could actually peel the sticker back and have a ati sticker underneath, for multiple brands, sapphire, msi, those are two that i read about
     
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    but yeah i hear what ur sayin about the reference design thing
     
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    if the open box one was like 50-70% less than the new one i'd go for it but only $50 less nah
     
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    yeah i started to have the same thought, but the price draws u in when u see that a open box 512 is the same price as the 256mb one... but i went with a new one so im happy
     
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    open boxes should be at least 25-30% off, if not 40%, they easily mark there prices up 60-70% so there still making money
     

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