Advice time: what is the cheapest, currently available 'good' card (to use while waiting for 3080 / 6800xt?)

DarkSideA8

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I've a friend who's built a high end PC (Ryzen 9 3900xt class, with all similar level components). We've been waiting since the 3080 launch to buy a GPU. We all know this sad tale. Now he's got a box he can't turn on.

I dug out a really old ATI card (only had DVI out) - but we could not get it to talk to the monitor ASUS Tuf VG27AQ (even using the original ATI DVI to HDMI dongle).

So... given that we've likely weeks to months before stocks come in in any numbers that 'real people' can buy one...

What super-cheap, but capable card can he buy that will at least let him turn on the box and load the OS / start using the computer?
 

jerry8169

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1650 is better, no doubt. Was just trying to find the lowest thing I could that was still in the decent category
 

PhilRiley

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1650 is a good one - the LP models do not require external power either. They are a steal at ~$160ish.

My kids are using these until the smoke clears on the latest vid card wars salvo.
 

MrGuvernment

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Prob find RX580 8G's for cheap they can still handle 1080p gaming well and some 1440p pending on game and turning down settings.
 

Epos7

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Holy crap, you guys weren't kidding about the prices of cards. Just for shits and giggles I listed my 2080S FE on eBay for $699 - same price I paid. It sold in 20 minutes. Guess I get a free upgrade to a 3080 once inventory stabilizes :D
 

sk3tch

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Yeah, scored a used 1660 Ti for $180 on eBay so I can slang the 2080 FE in my son’s box!

Good deals to be had when peeps get lucky and upgrade if you’re vigilant!
 
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chameleoneel

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I have no affiliation to this listing. But here are RX 570 for about $90 shipped. These seem like they are probably system pulls from mining setups. Sounds like they will come dirty and maybe needing some TLC like new thermal paste. But guaranteed working. And the seller has good feedback.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/GIGABYTE-GAMING-RX570-4GB-DUAL-FAN-RGB-COLORS-USED-WORKING-FAIR-COND/184540046750?_trkparms=aid=555018&algo=PL.SIM&ao=2&asc=225086&meid=9be3edb618444d7084110bfb8d42ffda&pid=100677&rk=1&rkt=30&mehot=none&sd=274435609300&itm=184540046750&pmt=1&noa=0&pg=2386202&algv=SimplAMLv5PairwiseWeb&_trksid=p2386202.c100677.m4598

Otherwise, going rate for a cleaner card, is about $120.

RX570 will get your friend some solid 1080p gaming until he can snag one of the new cards.
 
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