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There's a guy in my neighborhood selling some GPUs for cheap, but he doesn't give much detail on them. I'm thinking about buying a couple as long as they're at least in working condition.

 

Total there's 4 cards. 2 of them are listed as GeForce 7800 GT, in the picture they look like EVGA. I believe they're better series than 7800 GT because they look like much larger cards. The pictures don't help much so I don't know for certain what they are. The other 2 cards are BFG GeForce GTX 285. I'll see if I can find out what the 2 EVGA cards are, they're also a matched pair.

 

These are the BFG ones though:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143168

 

I should be able to fold on those right?

Looks like each card would need 2x 6pin PCIe cables, not a problem there's enough on the PSU. But would I be able to run 2 of these cards on this PSU?

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703013

 

***EDIT***

Don't know if it's any help, but here's the pic of the EVGA cards. I'm searching and can't find any like these.

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x327/jp52681/00z0z_he6TxzKzcjA_600x450_zps95457fe6.jpg

Edited by JustinP526

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i would take the 285 over the 7800gt any day,newer better and faster. the PSU should handle those cards no sweat

Thanks.. not sure those are 7800gt's anyway. The photo is not as good as it could be so tough to say.. looks like maybe the tag is EVE, not EVGA. Could they possibly be Radeon cards?

 

no

 

you need 4xx cards to fold on.

 

:b33r:

Seriously? Thought I read anything GeForce 8400 (for nVidia anyway) and up would fold.

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Pretty sure Terry is correct, you'll need a GeForce 4xx series or newer to fold on a vid card or a 5xxx series or newer to fold on an AMD/ATI card.

 

 

 

 

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Well then I guess I'm just going to pick up whatever card(s) I can so I can get the machine up and running already. I'll be stuck folding only on the CPU then because I'm not going to waste time and money on some fancy $300 cards for an older machine built from used and refurbed components. I'd rather put that kind of budget into a build that is using all brand new components.

 

In my view it's just ridiculous that they have to force people to buy newer hardware even though something like the 9800GT was able to fold just fine only a few months back.

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running a 4-5-6-7 series card in folding would be FAR more efficient than the older cards. If done 24/7, heat production and power consumption drops would probably pay for the difference in the entry to mid level cards and you'd be getting a TON more units done.

 

Considering the goal of folding, you could view the requirement of newer hardware as a 'going green' sort of thing.

 

Also, $200-300 cards aren't the fancy ones ;) You'd need to step up to the $800-1000 range for fancy, lol.

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$800 - $1000 for just a graphics card is absolutely insane. It takes a really sick person to be that greedy. And even if I were making $115k+ per year I would never justify paying that much for a GPU alone.

 

Apparently everyone on this lousy planet is just consumed with greed and no longer has any common sense.

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Apparently everyone on this lousy planet is just consumed with greed and no longer has any common sense.

 

Which is exactly why I'm still folding on the $2-300 cards I bought 2-3 years ago or more...;)

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

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Which cards are those? I'm just trying to figure what I can get that will actually fold. If folding weren't included I could probably just put a couple of 9800GTs in SLI and that would do fine for anything. The mobo has 2x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, but they run with 1 in x16 and the other in x4.

 

I'm not pleased by much of today's junk products available. Especially audio systems... last set of computer speakers I bought were Altec Lansing ADA885 and those just sit collecting dust. I like that they can get a bit loud, but the sound quality is not up to par in my standards. So instead I just use an old 70's Sansui hi-fi stereo receiver and some big floor standing speakers. It's only 40 watt per channel output, but gets the full range (20Hz - 20kHz) range and the neighbors (5 houses down) can hear it just fine if I turn up the volume enough :mrgreen:

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:drool: imagine 2 of those on a nice 8 core build!!

 

drawback being it's a triple slot card...

 

if my salary goes up to where I'm hoping it does, we might be able to find out :whistling:

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OK.. so I can choose from a couple of cards for sale in my area.

 

2x BFG GTX 285 for $55

or

2x GTX 460 for $80 - 1 is an Asus and the other is an MSI (these are 768MB 192 bit GDDR5 and he had both running in SLi)

 

Would be these 2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121390

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127512

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as long as both cards are the same it doesnt matter who made them, as for which ones? get the ones that will best serve your needs,im guessing the newer generation 460 cards. heres a link that may be useful in the future http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php

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That would great!!

I actually called about the 460's today on my lunch break and the person said they have no clue what I'm talking about. Guessing that it was a scam attempt (looks like using craigslist is getting to be a waste of my time too).

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That would great!!

I actually called about the 460's today on my lunch break and the person said they have no clue what I'm talking about. Guessing that it was a scam attempt (looks like using craigslist is getting to be a waste of my time too).

Did you ever scoop a new GPU???

 

It's crazy what kind of deals you can get on Craigslist now..... I don't know if the mining thing got big in your area, but it did in Raleigh, NC, and people are unloading 7950's and 7970's left and right now that he crypto coin market has pretty much crashed.....

 

I grabbed a Asus 280x TOP for $125 shipped on ebay.... My little bro (his Pit handle is "Burned ATI") picked up a Sapphire 7950 Boost for $100 cash, and a 1600W Lepa PSU for $80 on craigslist a month ago.....

 

He got over $500 worth of stuff :yikes: assuming a retail R9 280 is about $240-260, and that PSU is $290 on newegg......

 

I have found some 6970's and GTX 480's for as low as $60 around here :clap: . It's a great time to buy used hardware if you are comfortable with the risks......

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I'm actually looking into a deal I just found on Craigslist. Hopefully it works out, I'll be picking up some nice lightly used stuff from someone out in the city.

 

Just now I see a few GPUs but can't say the prices are such a "steal", though still fair price I guess.

One deal is for 2 Radeon HD 7870s for $180 and includes Crossfire bridge - 1 MSI and 1 Sapphire

Other deal (not as great) is for matched pair of Sparkle GTX580s at $220 for both

 

Those LEPA PSUs good? I've never heard of them. There's someone selling a G1600-MA for $50 and they have 2 available.

Looks to be 80+ Gold certified and fully modular!

Would be a bit of a drive to go pick them up, but maybe I could find a way to get there for at least one of them if it's really worth it.

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I'm actually looking into a deal I just found on Craigslist. Hopefully it works out, I'll be picking up some nice lightly used stuff from someone out in the city.

 

Just now I see a few GPUs but can't say the prices are such a "steal", though still fair price I guess.

One deal is for 2 Radeon HD 7870s for $180 and includes Crossfire bridge - 1 MSI and 1 Sapphire

Other deal (not as great) is for matched pair of Sparkle GTX580s at $220 for both

 

Those LEPA PSUs good? I've never heard of them. There's someone selling a G1600-MA for $50 and they have 2 available.

Looks to be 80+ Gold certified and fully modular!

Would be a bit of a drive to go pick them up, but maybe I could find a way to get there for at least one of them if it's really worth it.

That LEPA for $50 is insane.... it's definitely a miner unloading their hardware though.....

If it comes with even half the cables, and works, it's worth a drive. My brother bought the same PSU for $80 on craigslist from a shutdown miner...... it's a $280 PSU right now on newegg!!

 

As far as the video cards go...... Those 2x 580's for 220 would give you some serious graphical horsepower. I would offer up$200 cash and see if he bites!

 

The pair of 7870's for $180 would be pretty strong too though, especially if you could get em for $160 cash.

 

What kind of CPU are you running???? And what kind of PSU do you already have? Also, what is your total budget (realistically)?

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This is what I've currently got:

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157226

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103251

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703013

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146108

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148155

 

The mobo is a replacement for a previous one that turned out to be a DOA situation. Got the first one on eBay for $20 and it powered on but never posted, no beeps, no display. Just LEDs would light up and fans would spin. CPU cooler would get warm to the touch as well. That first board was this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131382

 

You probably don't want to know how it currently sits...

 

I had a nice little case that I bought from a guy on Craigslist, but it seems to have mysteriously vanished on me. It was this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815035

 

Current budget is a bit tight due to I'm working on moving to a new residence. But I could probably spare at least a few hundred or so, should be getting a really nice paycheck for next pay period due to I worked a 12 hour shift on Labor day (double time pay!!)

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Is that CPU overclocked?? You are probably going to want to run one GPU, as two may be bottlenecked..... however, it never hurts to try!!!! Your PSU will already handle two cards anyways.

You playing any certain titles?? You could maybe grab one of the cards for half the price, and grab an SSD drive....

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why get another PSU when the one you have is more than able, i have heard both good and bad about the Lepa PSU. 2 7870's would blow away the 580's. my suggestion although you may not want to hear it is: save up for some new stuff,mobo,board and ram. this used stuff is unreliable at best

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117374

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600438202%20600009017&IsNodeId=1&name=Micro%20ATX

 

from what i have read that CPU i listed OC's like a beast with ease,some people are getting 4.8 on an OC. grab a micro-atx board and your set for under $200.

 

here is what i have in my garage PC:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130731

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116950

 

i also have a 7870xt video card a SSD drive and an older mech drive along with a semi modular 700w coolmax PSU. its not a beast but it runs pretty much whatever i throw at it. just my 2 cents

 

if you can spare a few hundred then take a look at what i listed and see if you can get one of those cards for cheap and your set,new stuff means less headaches(a warranty) and newer technology

 

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k402/mercflf8/IMG_20140904_165540_989_zps321e7c44.jpg

Edited by brownhornet

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why get another PSU when the one you have is more than able, i have heard both good and bad about the Lepa PSU. 2 7870's would blow away the 580's. my suggestion although you may not want to hear it is: save up for some new stuff,mobo,board and ram. this used stuff is unreliable at best

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117374

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600438202%20600009017&IsNodeId=1&name=Micro%20ATX

 

from what i have read that CPU i listed OC's like a beast with ease,some people are getting 4.8 on an OC. grab a micro-atx board and your set for under $200.

 

here is what i have in my garage PC:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231427

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130731

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116950

 

i also have a 7870xt video card a SSD drive and an older mech drive along with a semi modular 700w coolmax PSU. its not a beast but it runs pretty much whatever i throw at it. just my 2 cents

 

if you can spare a few hundred then take a look at what i listed and see if you can get one of those cards for cheap and your set,new stuff means less headaches(a warranty) and newer technology

 

http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k402/mercflf8/IMG_20140904_165540_989_zps321e7c44.jpg

I'm with you!

 

I WOULD DEFINITELY SUGGEST THE G3258 since it overclocks to 4.5GHz+ with it's unlocked multiplier....

That pair of 7870's would be great..... when I suggested the 580's, I was thinking those were a lot more powerful, but I looked at the specs, and they are by far the slower cards...

My concern in terms of CF would be bottle-necking. It may be better to get one single and more powerful card, though in the case of your 7870XT, that's not an issue since it's Tahiti :clap:

 

As far as the used hardware.... it's hit or miss, but so are used vehicles, and I think we can all assume that a 2010 BMW for $15k is going to be A LOT nicer of a car than a 2014 Nissan Versa for $15k.....

When you are running old hardware, and choose not to upgrade because you don't want to buy used, you are essentially continuing to "use," used hardware anyways, :laughing:

Edited by Agent Smith

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