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    Default Buying a GFX card in the USA....

    Not sure if this is the right section, but here goes....
    My son and his new (American) wife are going to visit her folks (California) in a few months (April) and have suggested that if I wanted to get a comuter part they would get it out there and bring it back for me.

    Now I have my eye on a BFG 8800GTS 512MB (G92) card to replace my (obsolete ) BFG 7800GTX OC 256MB card.

    The reason I am asking is that prices in the USA are so much cheaper than here in the UK.

    For example:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143119

    and for comparison in the UK:
    http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...=56&subcat=927

    According to an internet currency converter, the USA price is equal to about £165 (both would have shipping extra) which is a saving of about £70 (or $140)
    which to me is a helluva saving in cash.

    Now, assuming it comes back through Customs ok () how would I stand if the card got sick after a while.............I have no reason to believe it will as I have had the BFG 6800 Ultra and then the 7800GTX OC and neither have given me the slightest grief..........the 7800 I have had since they first came out a couple of years ago.

    If my present card got ill I would approach my internet site with regards an RMA, but they may well tell me I have to approach BFG direct......and they are in the USA.......not sure if they have UK support.
    If that were so, then buying a card in the USA would not make that much difference ?

    I did have cause to contact support with BFG when I first got my card (7800GTX) because it made one helluva a racket when I installed it..........I emailed them with the problem and shortly after got a reply, which was to remove the thin tin fan cover, and gently rub the inside of the fan hole lip as it probably got distorted during shipping.
    Now having the confidence to fiddle with the card,I took it apart (hoping I wouldn't loose any tiny screws) and found the the lip was slightly dented and rubbing it on a flat surface with the rounded end of a plastic handle on a screwdriver did the trick..........re-assembled, installed and it fired up quiet as a mouse, so a happy email was sent back to 'support' to report all was well.
    That sold me on BFG cards, especially with the £350 (high quality) 'T Shirt' and 'free' graphics card ............damn that T Shirt is good and I still proudly wear it today

    Anyway, can anyone see any problems with buying a gfx card in the USA for use in the UK ?

    I anyone is still awake I would be grateful for any thoughts
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    If the card is DOA or has any problems within the warenty period you will probably be out of luck. Other then that go for it.
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    Thanks.............I only now buy BFG cards (apart from the quality T Shirt ) is their lifetime warranty, and getting a quick reply from their support when asked a question..............those reasons are why it is only BFG for me.

    If RMA's are only done through the USA then I guess it doesn't matter whether I buy one in the UK or the USA, although it sounds like an awful long time to get a replacement should one die on me...................but judging from the sterling service given by my 7800GTX, then I have nothing so far to shake my confidence.

    Quite what would happen should my current card die on me I don't know, as 7800GTX's are just not available any more here in the UK........obsolete

    So, for a £70 saving, so far it sounds good to me, unless anyone else wants to burst my bubble ?

    Hmm...DOA, now that would be a problem
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    The BFG cards cost more outside of the USA due to shipping costs. Nothing more. Most cards are assembled in China and shipped from there to whatever country is selling the product. The BFG PCB's are made in China, but then the card is assembled in the U.S. and are then shipped to the U.K. Added cost.

    You also wouldn't be SOL if the card was DOA because BFG has an EMEAI support center in the U.K. to handle tech support and RMA.
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    Nice to know about the support in the UK Jonny.....cheers.
    Mostly the cards with the same spec as the BFG ones are a similar price in the UK, but having a good experience with BFG means that I am not inclined to buy from another maker........plenty about, but I am an old 'stick in the mud'............i.e. always Nvidia cards, AMD cpu's, Abit boards, and recently Corsair PSU's................since I have never had trouble with any of my choices, I see no valid reason to change.

    So, I may well take the chance of getting my new card from the USA and save myself a fair wad of cash
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