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[Solved] Is this a good trade?

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Aug 1, 2012
Hey guys so I have a water cooled system just not the GPU. For a GPU I have the EVGA RTX 3080 FTW3 Ultra Gaming LHR and I am talking with a guy to trade $30 plus my GPU for his spare ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Trinity OC LHR (With EK-Quantum Vector Trinity RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB - Nickel + Acetal) plus an Alphacool NexXxos XT45 Full Copper 480mm Radiator V.2, 120mm x 4, Quad Fan with ARCTIC P12 PWM - 120 mm Case Fan. Please keep in mind I am not overclocking my system since I need it stock for my project stuff. Does it sound like a decent deal?

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has he provided pictures? i feel like something is off here, thats a down grade for him and huge loss of money on the WC parts alone.
has he provided pictures? i feel like something is off here, thats a down grade for him and huge loss of money on the WC parts alone.
Yes, he upgraded to the RTX 4080 which is why he is selling that one. No issues and I have pictures of it but on the rad, one of the plugs had a small leak that was patched. he ran that for 2 years with normal maintenance and no leaks or issues. Out side of that people keep asking him to put the air cooling block but he doesn't want to waste an hour's worth of work. He figures he can sell my card easier since no need to put a block on it. My card might be a little stronger than his but like I said I don't overclock and he is just going to plan to sell it back out. He had another radiator 420mm I can go for but I won't be able to run both 480 and 420 on my Phanteks Enthoo 719 case. I figure it was a cheap way for me to get into full custom water cooling until I buy another or two more rads later on. Plus that block seems to work on a 3090 giving me another upgrade path later on when I need it.
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I have shared the pictures here. The card was purchased on Bought on Dec 19 2020 and mine was purchased Nov 2021 from a friend of mine.


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Well the radiator is trash because of the leak so it has no value. Instead of buying a 2$ plug he puts putty or whatever all over it? Makes no sense. To say he can't sell the card because it has a water block is total bs imo. Any real buyer would have taken both and sold the block off for a profit so I don't buy his excuse.

Why would you want to trade your perfectly good eVGA card for any other brand in the first place? I could understand if one was not LHR or something like that but it doesn't even make sense from your side if you ask me.

As for building a custom kit, don't go cheap on this. You will regret it soon after when something breaks or leaks so everything has to be torn down to fix or worse yet fries a pc bit.

The whole trade seems wrong to me so I wouldn't do it. There is too much scam feeling for me.
I don't know if it's a scam (doubtful), but I wouldn't do it either.

I can't fathom the reasoning behind this.
Thanks, guys for the info and concern but I did it and I am glad I did. lol, the Sound of the fans is low as heck, game's temps on the GPU and CPU are pretty darn low even for a demanding FPS game such as Call of Duty, Fortnite, and more. I played the entire time and the sound never got annoying. This is exactly what I wanted quietness and great performance. The card looks pretty new, the card is still under warranty and he lives near me. The rad works fine the issue with the rad that could have easily been fixed was a rubber washer on one of the plugs. Easily fix and I got some cool fans to go with it. Now I am running dual 480mm Rads a mid-fat one and a skinny one. It gets the job done and that is all it matters. ;)
As long as you're happy!!

EDIT: Anyone else impressed this thread went up and within 6 hours it's installed and running? o_O :rock:
LOL! and I spend more of my time thinking about how I was going to fix the radiator in my case because nothing was working due to a few issues using soft tubings. As you can see in the first two pictures the fittings were too close and I think is due to the fact the front radiator is pretty thick about 45mm. However, things lined up so I attempted to use a short soft tube and had the fittings tight. Turn out that the front screw holes now don't line up so beating myself around for a few hours figuring there is only one way I can make this work. As you can see the ports needed to be down and the fan that goes on top can't be installed sadly.

In the end, you can see what I settle with. Now I am just running a clean solution on the whole system for a few days and then I will flush it out and put in my regular fluid. Eventually, I would like to either get a 240mm Monsta or 360mm Monsta to put on the bottom of the case and I am done. That is if I end up feeling like I need it once I upgrade to the 13900K later on next year. I also need some custom cables to clean the system a bit more and maybe have the same kind of fans around but for now, looks are not important to me is more the performance so I can continue working on my game dev projects.

Thanks to @EarthDog and everyone here for providing your input on my question.
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