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which of these will hold it's resale value better?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by eyetrip, 5 Mar 2010.

  1. eyetrip

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 8 Nov 2006

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    Powercolor 5850 at £200, or an Asus 5870 at £310?

    Wouldn't pay over £200 for a 5850, but I wanted an Asus for the voltage tweak without bios flashing. As the Asus 5850 can't be had for £200 or less, some idiotic part of my brain started considering just getting a Asus 5870.

    Unless MSI Afterburner allows voltage tweak?
     
  2. Admiral Huddy

    Caporegime

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    Location: Chelmsford

    The question is how long do you intended to keep it for?
     
  3. eyetrip

    Sgarrista

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    Couple of years hopefully.

    Just want to finish my build - currently running 4870. which does handle most things just fine. Would love to be able to run Crysis very high at 1920x1200, but think that will take a 5970 :(
     
  4. Admiral Huddy

    Caporegime

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    It's difficult to predict the how much a card will depreciate over a period of time because there are too many factors to consider such as newer models, demand, warranty etc etc. My 8800 GTX was around the £300 when i bought it three years ago. Today, it's probably only worth £60. Was it worth it, hell yes.

    The main key to upgrading your card is not what it will be worth tomorrow but what its worth to you as a user today and the value for money you’ll get out of it long term. I say, something is only worth the money if you enjoy and get good use out of it otherwise it’s a waste.
     
  5. eyetrip

    Sgarrista

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    Thanks for the advice. Thought about it, and decided to go with the powercolor 5850 which came in just a pinch under £200 with free delivery.

    I know that if I spent more than £200, I'd always be wondering if it was really worth the extra cost. Honestly don't think it would be.

    At least now my build will be finished, and I can seal my computer and let it run merrily without fiddling any more :)
     
  6. Admiral Huddy

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    If you don't think you'd be happy with the extra £200 then you have been honest with yourself and therefore made the right choice :)
     
  7. 555BUK

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Feb 2007

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    You will lose money less on a 5850. If you can get a 5850 for £200 you are unlikely to lose any money if you sell within a few months. The 5870 is a little harder to call, and will depend on Fermi pricing, performance and availability. If you keep the cards for several years the 5850 will still win. Ultimately both cards will eventually be worth nothing so you have more to lose with the 5870.
     
  8. The Asgard

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Jan 2003

    Posts: 5,746

    Location: Chesterfield, UK

    The 5870 will be easier to sell which is a major plus to me.