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    I know we have a tech section but this is the most popular part of the forum and I'm the king so I can post whatever I want wherever I want. Anyway as you may or may not know (or care) my heartless bastard graphics card committed suicide 5 minutes after I returned home from having major surgery, rendering me unable to play games. I've managed to scrape together about a hundred quid for a new one, could maybe go to 130 or 150 at an absolute maximum but I'd rather not because I'd be borrowing money to do it and I'm poor as a church mouse at the moment.

    It doesn't have to be an amazing graphics card, it just has to play Crusader Kings 2, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Age of Wonders 3 and older games like Dragon Age and stuff like that. They don't even have to be played at maximum graphics settings - I'm more concerned about good gameplay than good graphics.

    Other specs of the machine are:

    Processor - Intel® Core™i5 Quad Core Processor i5-4670 (3.4GHz) 6MB Cache
    Motherboard - ASUS® Z87-A: ATX, USB2.0, USB3.0, SATA6GB/S, SLi, XFIRE
    RAM - 8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz, X.M.P (2 x 4GB KIT)
    Power Supply - CORSAIR 650W ENTHUSIAST SERIES™ MODULAR TXM-650 V2-80 PLUS®
    Windows 7 64-bit

    Old graphics card that died was a 4GB Nvidia GTX 770. Lasted just over a year (and just past the warranty). Would rather buy AMD this time. All my AMD cards have lasted years and years and years. First nVidia card I buy, expensive as fuck, dead after just over a year.

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    I would double check that warranty under EU law nearly all electrical goods come with at least 2 years (some manufacturers even give 5 years, most offer 3 years to match the Nvidia warranty on first party hardware)

    as for the length of time the car lasted one bad card should never be a reason to write off a firm, more so when the cards are actually manufactured by third parties (EVGA, Zotac and the likes) so really the quality of the card can come back to who made it, if you bought one from a good manufacturer it will normally have a decent length warranty on it, the 12 month warranty that most people seem think everything carries is actually back to the store you purchased from as they are required to do that by law, manufacturer warranties can be considerably long and you are always better off sending direct to the manufacturer anyway as it is all the store does so it cuts out a step.

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    • #3
      Eu law states 2 yrs for any electrical component (last time I checked though it was 6- about 5 years ago, and I successfully negotiated a new graphics card using it- took some arguing, but it worked).

      It's also the place you bought it from that has to refund/replace NOT the manufacturer.

      Otherwise, the radeoon hd6870's or equivalents are good.

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      • #4
        Actually- read this

        http://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/20...ty-goods-back/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Spatula View Post
          Eu law states 2 yrs for any electrical component (last time I checked though it was 6- about 5 years ago, and I successfully negotiated a new graphics card using it- took some arguing, but it worked).

          It's also the place you bought it from that has to refund/replace NOT the manufacturer.

          Otherwise, the radeoon hd6870's or equivalents are good.
          most stores will only take returns up to a maximum of 12 months (some considerably less time) due to the warranty on goods actually being a "manufacturers warranty" the in store warranty is normally considerably shorter this is why shops such as Currys will sell extended warranty of 2 years on certain graphics cards despite the manufacturer in some cases giving 5 years, because you are paying for the right to return it to currys, the fact is sending to the manufacturer is always the best solution unless you are in the first 30 days of purchase then you are entitled to a refund from the store, after that time if you go to the store they will either send it to their in house workshop (voiding the manufacturers warranty) or they will send it back to the manufacturer for repair through their own channels normally increasing the time to send and receive the item in some cases adding weeks onto repair times.

          as for manufacturer repairs on a quick few firms (that do Nvidia)
          Nvidia (direct nvidia branded boards) - 3 years
          EVGA - 3 years (up to 10 years on certain products) - Germany
          Zotac - 2 years (5 if you registered the card) - Germany
          MSI - 3 years - Netherlands
          PNY - 3 years - France
          KFA2 - 2 years - UK
          Gigabyte - 3 years - UK

          so really it should be very returnable if you stuck to a main manufacturer, also you can generally reclaim the shipping if you ahve a valid RMA claim. (but best to check with the manufacturer)

          for balance AMD other than POV and ASUS at 3 years they all come in at 2 years (and out of 11 manufacturers, 7 are retail RMA only, 2 are outside europe RMA locations, 2 are in europe)

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          • #6
            Hmm, well the PC was built by pcspecialist.co.uk (they built my last PC 4 years ago and that's still going solid - I'm using it now in fact in place of the old one) so maybe I'll send them an email.

            This card has had horrific coil whine since the day I bought it. Always sounded like a cat being strangled when I was gaming but after a few months of nothing happening I learned to just ignore it.

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            • #7
              it's always worth asking as the parts bought separately would have had much more than a years warranty.

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              • #8
                I've emailed pcspecialist.co.uk. I paid for a 1-year return policy thingie and I might just be within that 1-year frame. I remember I bought it in November last year but don't remember the date. For a week before it died it kept doing blue screen of death everytime I tried to play Warcraft so technically it has been broke since then... It did one final blue screen on the Wednesday before I went to hospital and I just turned it off, then when I turned it on on Friday when I got back I played Warcraft for 5 minutes and it died entirely.

                AHA! I'M IN LUCK! I just logged in to their forums to find my "Yay my PC arrived today!" post and it's from December 5th 2013, so it's not even a year old yet so it's covered by my insurance. WOOHOO. Here's the thread if anybody's bored and absolutely desperate for something to read https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/forum...tures-included
                Last edited by Dayve; 30-11-14, 22:23.

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                • #9
                  now you try to negotiate an extended term to cover the replacement after it breaking in under a year.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Belimawr View Post
                    now you try to negotiate an extended term to cover the replacement after it breaking in under a year.
                    pcspecialist charge a measly five quid for a years insurance on the whole PC. I'm happy to just pay another fiver for another year lol. I'm just happy I get my good graphics card replaced and don't have to waste 100 quid on something that won't be as good as the one that broke.

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                    • #11
                      Result!!!

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                        • #13
                          Partridge +1

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