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#1 Aug 08 2010 at 7:01 PM Rating: Default
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Check this out. It's only 99 dollars at Best Buy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+NVIDIA+GeForce+GT+240+1GB+GDDR5+PCI+Express+Graphics+Card/1086394.p?id=1218218196380&skuId=1086394

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#2 Aug 08 2010 at 7:23 PM Rating: Decent
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That came out last year. Its a $100 card, you will get what you pay for.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gt-240,2475.html

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2010-gaming-graphics-charts-high-quality/3DMark06-v1.1.0,2255.html

Edited, Aug 8th 2010 9:26pm by BunnyFufinator
#3 Aug 08 2010 at 7:25 PM Rating: Decent
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Wow...good find. It said it was 'new' at Best Buy so I'll forget that and move on. I hope I have a job and MONEY by mid September to do an upgrade, otherwise I'll be waiting to play.
#4 Aug 08 2010 at 7:29 PM Rating: Good
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That particular model from EVGA may be "new" but the GT 240 has been around for awhile now. If you want a mid level card for cheap, pick up a GTS 250 instead. For about 10% more cost you'll get about 20% more performance. it's not a high end card though, so you'll need to play in 720p and/or turn off some of the higher quality graphics options.

Edited, Aug 8th 2010 9:32pm by KarlHungis
#5 Aug 08 2010 at 7:58 PM Rating: Good
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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.

New egg GT240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127483&cm_re=NVIDIA_GeForce_GT_240_1GB_GDDR5-_-14-127-483-_-Product

84.99 -$30 rebate with free shipping = $110 for 2. Just get a better card somewhere.

When I have a certain amount I can spend I'll bid on the best thing I can get on ebay. I've won things for $100 that are $150-170 everywhere else. My buddy bought a 5770 for $110 new on ebay, still using it today.

Edited, Aug 8th 2010 7:05pm by GuardianFaith
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#6 Aug 08 2010 at 10:30 PM Rating: Good
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That card is a piece of junk and Best Buy is charging a retail markup on a piece of junk.
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#7 Aug 08 2010 at 11:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Best Buy actually started carrying 460s, 470s, and 480s at the store near me. I about rofl'd then and there at the prices though.
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#8 Aug 09 2010 at 12:22 AM Rating: Good
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desmar wrote:
Best Buy actually started carrying 460s, 470s, and 480s at the store near me. I about rofl'd then and there at the prices though.


The only thing that makes me laugh more than the absurd markups on high end (470, 480, 5870, 5970) cards are the absurd markups on low end (GT 200 series, 5500 series) cards.

And then I get sad knowing that people actually pay those prices ;;
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#9 Aug 09 2010 at 9:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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A loose rule of thumb is if you want to enjoy this (and any other newer) game sttry to stay in the 200ish dollar GPU range, and avoid anything under 150 bones. Personal opinion? Yes... Good advice for the long run? Yes.
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#10 Aug 09 2010 at 10:02 AM Rating: Good
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try to stay in the 200ish dollar GPU range, and avoid anything under 150 bones.


Best bang for the buck truth right there.

Anything on new egg $170 - $230 is going to be a nice investment.

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#11 Aug 09 2010 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
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I +1 the previous two posters.
#12 Aug 09 2010 at 11:45 AM Rating: Decent
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It's very crap.
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#13 Aug 09 2010 at 11:48 AM Rating: Good
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GuardianFaith wrote:
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try to stay in the 200ish dollar GPU range, and avoid anything under 150 bones.


Best bang for the buck truth right there.

Anything on new egg $170 - $230 is going to be a nice investment.

Edited, Aug 9th 2010 9:03am by GuardianFaith


This. don't get me wrong, the $300-400 range is where all the performance is at, but if you need to save a little money, $170-230 is the best place to be.

And anything under $150 is garbage unless it's on sale from $200ish.
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#14 Aug 09 2010 at 9:03 PM Rating: Default
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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.

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Edited, Aug 9th 2010 11:06pm by Yabusame
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#15 Aug 09 2010 at 10:08 PM Rating: Good
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Yabusame wrote:
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You say "nerd" like it's a bad thing.

The fact of the matter is it only takes a little time to research the hardware you need.. Honestly, after the CPU and motherboard and making sure those work together, the hard part's over and it's down to what you WANT and what you want to spend.

I completely believe you about BestBuy's training program, but I also know that my local one marks things up into the stratosphere and sells them anyway.

The "average person" you're referring to needs help, yes.. but they have the resources available to help themselves, it isn't that difficult to use google and google will point you in the direction you need to go. At ANY brick and mortar retail establishment you're going to pay a retail markup because overhead needs to be covered. Electric bills, property tax/building rental, service employees, sales employees, and baseline profit margins. All of these things contribute to retail markup and I completely understand why, at the same time it's not a bad thing for people to be exposed to options that do not include this markup even if those options maybe take a little more work on the consumer's part.

PS FOR GREAT JUSTICE: Also, if you're not doing research on computer parts before buying them, you're doing it wrong. You wouldn't buy a car without doing research would you? Or a major appliance? It's the same thing

Edited, Aug 9th 2010 11:10pm by Callinon
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#16 Aug 09 2010 at 11:06 PM Rating: Good
Trust me when I say this - 8 out of 10 people I talk to on a daily basis (and I can guarantee I talk to more people about computers on a daily basis than ANYONE on this forum) have no idea how a computer works... they just want someone to tell them which computer can give them the experience they have in mind. And this may shock you too...but they know it's a couple bucks more sometimes for the advice and the ability to play with the product in their hands before they buy, and they don't care. They don't want to research, they don't want to know anything but "Can X product do Y task."

Also, your local Best Buy can't jack up their prices. It's all automated. A merchandising team prints out a sign batch from corporate every Sunday morning and places new tags throughout the store. The only thing a store can do to a price is offer you a discount, which if you are reasonable with your requests, most stores are more than happy to do.

One more thing, there's a difference between a geek and a nerd. Geeks I have no problem with. And this isn't a computer forum, this is a game forum, so most likely, there are more people reading this that fit my description of an average person than yours...


And I don't care about people being exposed to other options...I tell my advanced customers about options online EVERY DAY. I care about people bashing Best Buy out of ignorance because some guy on a forum they read once said not to go to Best Buy, because that is ridiculous.

Edited, Aug 10th 2010 1:09am by Yabusame
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I lol at best buy putting ppl through training... Been there done that.. The only training they are concerned with is getting ppl to buy things. And thats the truth. They don't care about your knowledge of the products only the knowledge of sales.

I only support retail stores because that keeps people in a job. I bought a prebuilt HP from them for my fiance.. but i wouldnt buy my self one. And i have never built a computer, but I guess I am knowledgable.. And I work in tech support for an internet company.. So I must say i talk to ppl about computers probably just as much :) So your guarentee may be false

I turned down a best buy job due to their sales techniques
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