To keep their computer up to date, users periodically have to upgrade. For example, change the video card to a more modern and efficient one. In gaming assemblies, this is one of the most expensive components. Therefore, there is a great temptation to buy a video card in the secondary market, saving at least 30 percent. The risks are also completely understandable: you may be “sold in” a product with faults. So is it worth buying such hardware “hand-held”?
What are the pros of buying a new graphics card?
- First of all, it is the simplicity of the process itself… It is enough to monitor several offers, choose the one that suits you, and you can go to the store for a new adapter. There is no need to negotiate the price with anyone, make an appointment, find out the operational properties of a particular instance. All models with the same markings will be almost identical. Also, most stores will be able to arrange delivery right to the door at the appointed time. It is very comfortable.
- If you are going to buy a very outdated product, you will most likely not be able to resell it… As mentioned above, the relevance of video cards is lost every year. And recently, GPU developers have produced each new generation significantly better than the previous one.
What to choose? New or used?
It all depends on the purpose of the video card. There are 4 types of tasks: video games, office work, mining, and professional tasks. Basically, there is nothing wrong with buying a used one. If you thoroughly check the adapter, you are guaranteed to get a working GPU to meet the technical specifications. At the same time, you will be able to save money.
However, it is irrational to buy a video card for an office computer on the secondary market. Any video chip can handle the image output, which means there is no point in overpaying. And even if you buy a low-quality product, the loss will be small because the most budget video cards cost a couple of hundred rubles.