BUYERS, PLEASE USE ESCROW FOR THIS, OR ELSE I'LL LAUGH AT YOU LATER.
Yes. Yes indeed. If you sent me dozens of bitcoins without using an escrow service, you have no business having that much money in bitcoins in the first place.
Why would you buy "basically a 5850" for mining purposes for ~$600 when you could just get a 5850 for 25% of that...
You wouldn't. First, I don't expect to get even close to $600. The card just isn't worth that. Like I said, you can buy from ebay at $500 if you shop around, an spending that much on a GPU you probably should shop around. If I sell this for $300-$400, I'll consider it a great deal (for me). Between the age on the card and the inherent risks assumed with buying using BTC from a user on the forum, there is a substantial markdown from the new, off the shelf prices from well-established dealers. I know this, and would never expect an offer nearly as high as ~$600.
What you would
buy this for is running professional applications (if you have to ask which ones, this card probably isn't for you). However, since this is
a bitcoin forum, I suspect the buyer would at least be curious what its mining potential is, for mining in the off-time, as I have used it.
This isn't really your market.... probably better off on ebay and converting to BTC, even after fees.
To clarify my motives: I thought the software I was using (primarily Solidworks) would need a professional GPU (i.e. FirePro or Quadro), since that is what I had always run it on, so I sank about $700 on this card shortly after it came out. Since then, I bought a Radeon 6970 and found that everything is perfectly smooth (perhaps in 1,000+ item assemblies the difference the optimized drivers give will become apparent, but I don't work on that scale right now). I have a lot of capital invested in this card, and wouldn't mind putting that capital somewhere else. Perhaps into Bitcoin Max (Pirate Pass Through). Perhaps a preorder for a BFL Jalapeno. Maybe to get a Crossfire setup, for gaming (with added hashing benefit). I don't have an immediate need to sell, and don't want to deal with ebay. I do
want to help the bitcoin economy, so I listed it here. If it doesn't sell for months (or ever), I won't shed a tear. If someone is looking to help the bitcoin economy and to pick up a used card at a used price, they can offer.
Sorry if the original post looked scammy. I'm new to the forums, as my low post count will attest to. If there is any (reasonable) way I can demonstrate the legitimacy of the offer, I will do it. If this listing isn't of interest to you, thanks for reading; if it is, let me know and I'll see if we can work something out.