Please don't ever buy a video card @ best buy. Do yourself a favor and buy 2 online for the same price.
Best Buy = Idiots that rip off idiots.
Can you back that statement up? With actual facts? Best Buy's prices are actually comparable to Walmart's, and the associates know 10x more. In my market, there are no Fry's or other large electronics stores, but if there is one in your market Best Buy will price match any same product. Best Buy associates are required to complete a 60-100 question certification in every department they work in (for many employees that do Computers that would be a certification for Computers, Digital Imaging, Car Electronics & GPS, and MP3's & iPods) and are NOT ON COMMISSION.
Sure, if you're a computer nerd that can build and overclock your own system you won't need this help, and you may be able to save 10%-15% online on some models. But if you are the average person, you need the help an associate at a place like Best Buy can offer and would be willing to pay an extra couple bucks for the ability to talk to someone in a store that knows more about technology than "It's on aisle 4."
And the high end cards are the same at Best Buy as newegg.com -
PNY GTX 480 - $499.99 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/PNY+-+NVIDIA+GeForce+GTX+480+1.5GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/9912399.p?id=1218194154755&skuId=9912399 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133319&cm_re=gtx_480-_-14-133-319-_-Product
ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5870 - $429.99 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+ATI+Radeon+HD+5870+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/9955302.p?id=1218200373108&skuId=9955302 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121374&Tpk=EAH5870%2f2DIS%2f1GD5%2fV2
So to all of you who say Best Buy prices are way marked up, you're not even researching this stuff before you say it. Best Buy will never be one dime more expensive than any other brick and mortar retailer due to the price match guarantee, and has put all employees through some of the most extensive mandatory training in all of retail in order to offer the most knowledgeable staff available.
And yes, I'm **** proud to work at Best Buy, I'm **** proud of my team, and completely offended at the statements made in this thread by a few elitist nerds.
Try to not think like an elitist super computer nerd, and you'll realize these things too.
PS - For the record, I think newegg.com is an excellent resource for those of us who know the ins and outs of our computers, and have used them myself on occasion when I see a big sale. The majority of people playing this game though are not going to know what a CMOS chip or a Northbridge are though, so stop telling them bad info.
K THNX Edited, Aug 9th 2010 11:06pm by Yabusame