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Old 07-04-2017, 10:03 PM   #1
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Graphics card prices.

I have been watching card prices skyrocket for a while now.

I started watching prices because my R9290X system keeps overheating itself and lagging out at 2k. System heat buildup causing it yeah I know how to fix it. My Z87 Board is slowly failing, the wifi died, the Bluetooth is going bad, add memory instability to that and voltage fluctuations on the memory and I think 4 years is long enough on this system.

I figured why not upgrade the video card cheap while the RX cards are so close to $200, then they started creeping up. Now $600+ is not uncommon.

The same thing happened in 2014 when I was messing around with Litecoin. I used a Bad 970a board and 2 R9280Xs but my errors were so high (Pesky memory artifacting 280Xs were famous for) I barely broke even after 6 months.

I wonder how many dudes are going to spend all this money and wind up with 4 unusable AMD graphics cards in their garage like I did a year later.

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edit: Also I still don't want to spend over $250 to get a card that will last and it has to perform at least as well as my R9290x

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Old 07-04-2017, 10:44 PM   #2
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Personally I'd recommend the GTX 1060 if you're not mining anymore, though I think that's at the top end of your budget (or over if you go with the 6GB vram).
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Old 07-05-2017, 05:51 AM   #3
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The current crypto bubble/craze made the card prices skyrocket and off the shelves.

I was planning on buying a new video card this summer (holding out for the Vega gaming cards, then going for whatever is most interesting) but it looks like prices will be stupid high. Even the 1060 seems a bit overpriced at the moment on my side of the border.... but not as bad as the EVGA 1070 which you can find for the price of a new 1080/Ti at some sites lol.

My 7970GHz is still trustworthy but it's starting to show its age at 1440P. Even relatively easy games to run such as Overwatch and HotS can't run smooth at all times (OW runs at 50FPS without any AA, HotS starts lagging when there's a ton of action on-screen).

The good thing of the crypto craze is that it seems like it drove the "uninteresting" cards (for mining, at least) to lower prices on the used market. If you don't mind going used/last-gen, you could possibly nab a 970 or even a 980, pretty sure any of those two will beat a 1060.
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Old 07-05-2017, 11:08 AM   #4
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Realized they were using Nvidia as well when I saw the 1070 prices which are absurd.
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Old 07-05-2017, 03:02 PM   #5
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In exactly the same boat. My 270x is starting to bite the dust, and just checked card prices. Someone has been at the sauce again, the prices are OTT.

I dont know what to go for, as my budget is in the 200 range. Looked at a 1060 6gb, and a 570x 8Gb. Still none the wiser.

I don't need the latest and greatest myself, just something thats fast for the money and can do 60fps 1080p on high/max settings with modern games. All the different model numbers atm have the confused so IDK what performance they have in relation to one another.
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Old 07-06-2017, 09:12 AM   #6
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Wow just saw my card an ASUS Strix RX 470 4GB for $50-150 more used than i paid for it new back in November. I guess folks have officially gone insane.
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Old 07-06-2017, 05:26 PM   #7
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Have been considering selling my 480, paid €220 for it 6 months ago, now they are selling for double that.
I regret having bought a full cover water block for it, otherwise I think it would already be on Ebay lol
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Old 07-07-2017, 04:01 PM   #8
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I have a 1060 6g, I like it. Paid $250 a few months ago. Just took a quick look on PCpartpicker, and the cheapest 1060 6g is $305. WTF is going on here? Related to the DRAM price hikes I assume.

I got my brother a 980, and at stock speeds I get a little more performance, but overclocked the 980 has a little more headroom and edges it out. The difference in wattage is about 25-30% lower for the 1060 for similar performance with some tweaking to the clocks. I paid $200 for his 980, and see them on ebay now averaging $240ish compared to $210 a couple months ago when I picked his up.

SSD/Dram/GPU price hikes as of late are atrocious. Was starting to look for a cheap 970 for a different build, and theyre all around $200, when 4 months ago you could easily find them for $150. As the new cards go up in price, the relative value for the used cars increase as well. Guess its time to go back to other hobbies until prices return to normal values.

edit: nope, its the miners...

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Old 07-08-2017, 06:06 PM   #9
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WTF is going on here? Related to the DRAM price hikes I assume.
Nothing to do with that I'm afraid, its just people have been going nuts, starting with the RX480's and 580's for mining bitcoins.

All stockists are out of stock and the prices have been going crazy because there arent enough cards to satisfy the demand. So basically, people that want the cards for mining have been paying stupid money to buy them.
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Just for fun, google "Radeon 9800 Pro". I have a few of them. I might want to sell them.
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Just saw a 570x 4Gb for 180. That's about what I paid for the 270x iirc. Was kinda hoping prices had dropped with competition.
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At the current market prices if I sell my r9280x and my 290x I can get a really good 70 or a base 1080... definitely worth considering.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:53 AM   #13
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At the current market prices if I sell my r9280x and my 290x I can get a really good 70 or a base 1080... definitely worth considering.
Just sold a pair of 290x's and probably will sell my 280x's soon too. And maybe some old 7950's if I can get a good price on them. I was looking at getting a 1070 or 1080 this summer.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:29 PM   #14
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I would sell this 270x but its fans are pretty knackered and in desperate need of replacing. It grinds a lot from cold and needs a few mins of warm up time to spin free. Even then it clicks and grinds when at speed.

My own fault for buying Sapphire junk. Was looking at the MSi 570 4gb. But idk how it actually stacks up. And stockist here have almost zero 4xx AMD series, or 9xx Nvidia. So I am pretty much stuck with the 570 as the only "real" option atm unless NV prices drop a bit.
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:56 PM   #15
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Got an EVGA 1060 6gb SC for $300. Not satisfied but it's better than nothing.

Ordered an AMD B350 board, 16gb PC3200, R5 1600X as well. Will post more about it when I get there.
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Old 07-26-2017, 03:48 PM   #16
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Been thinking about upgrading from my GTX 1080 to a 1080 Ti lately for better 4k performance and right now is a great time to sell a card for sure.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:46 PM   #17
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Wound up getting an EVGA GTX1060 6GB SC model. Don't have the time to make a new signature but I'm running this setup:

R5 1600X Noctua NHU12
MSI B350 Tomahawk
16GB DDR4 3200MHZ RGB
EVGA GTX 1060SC 6GB
Adata SSD 240GB

All the Intel parts are on ebay now. Most of my overheating issues with the R9290X seem to come down to a cracked fan blade.

The Asus maximus motherboard has a bad network card and it doesn't seem to like win10 very much.

All in all Zen is being kind to me so far, no more boot/reboot black screens, failed boots, general instability.
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