Today is an awesome day because I was finally able to buy my new video card. I was going to buy it from Tiger Direct but bought it from Amazon instead because of the free shipping. I was going to buy a cheaper card from Tiger but I went with this one because I’d rather pay a few dollars more and get a better quality video card that might last.
This video card is Sapphire Radeon HD4650 1 GB DDR2 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card 100254HDMI and it was $46.99 (from $82, saving me $35.01) with free shipping. What I didn’t realize when I bought it was that it has a $15 rebate which I am trying to get now online. I filled out the forms but it brings me to the final page which I have to print but if I can’t turn on my desktop then I can’t print anything so it will have to wait until I get the video card. They need me to send them a copy of my receipt anyway to prove that I actually bought the video card. But once I get the rebate (in 2 months time) the video card will have only cost me $31.99 so that’s actually not too bad. I mean, I have to wait a long time and when I do get it I’ll get a debit card instead of a check but that’s ok I guess.
I chose free shipping which means it will take longer for my order to get to me, the email said that it would take 6-8 days, my estimate delivery dates are August 9th – 13th 2011 so it will be awhile. The rebate offer is for if I bought the card between 7/18 – 8/15 so I should get it in time to be able to print it out and send it in.
I also bought a 6 foot HDMI cable so that I can hook up my computer to my HDTV. That way I can watch my web shows on TV full screen the way they were meant to be seen. Heck, I can even play my game using the TV. Not that I would but I have the option now. The HDMI cable was only $5.50. The reason I wanted to buy it with my order is because if I had bought this from Sears or any other place, I would’ve paid $20-$40 easily. This cable even had free shipping with orders $25 and over and since my order was over $25, everything was free to ship.
So, I am very happy about my purchase. I wanted to stay loyal to Tiger but I also need to get what I need at the price I can afford and not spend that money on shipping fees. See, I could have paid $29.99 for a video card then $8 to ship it to me. What would be the point in spending that much money to ship it when I could spend that $8 on a better video card?
I could have gone to the computer store here in town on my bicycle but they are really expensive there. We bought Darrin a new video card a few months ago and his only has 256mb of DDR memory (not DDR2) and his is an AGP video card. His was $49. That was a few months ago. If a 256 DDR AGP video card is $50 then how much would a 1GB DDR2 PCIe card cost? Probably $80 or more. So that’s why I wanted to buy it online. I’d rather wait a week for it to arrive than have to overspend getting the same or less quality.
The video card that is still in my desktop cost me over $100 from that same computer store. In fact, I believe it was $125. That was a Gigabyte Technologies GeForce 7600GS 512MB DDR2 PCIe Dual Link DVI HDTV. I looked that up online and if I were to buy a new one it would cost $113 but the website I found it on has discontinued it so I can’t even buy a replacement (from that particular site). I wouldn’t want to though because that dual link DVI thing bugged me every time I booted. It would tell me it didn’t detect another video card or the dual link or whatever. Every time I booted… I didn’t have a 2nd card so naturally it didn’t detect anything. Why would I have 2 video cards in when I only need 1?
So, it will take about a week to get it. I’ve gone about 3 weeks without my desktop so I’m pretty sure I can wait another week. As long as I have my netbook I’m pretty set. And actually, not having my desktop to keep me busy playing Lord of the Rings Online has gotten me to start reading again so at least something good came out of this video card crashing like it did.