PNY GTX 470 for $200

Friend of mine bought last week a gtx 480 and wants to sell his PNY gtx 470. I can buy it for $200. The card is ~ 3 weeks old only and works fine. Currently I have ASUS EN9600GSO 384MB and it is a tempting deal but after reading the forums a lot of people complaining against PNY warranty policy I am a bit scared to go with that company. Their life time warranty matches the time they sell the product and I am not sure NV will keep gtx 470 for long.

What would be your advice guys? Is it wort to take the chance and buy the card?

My second question is:
Is it safe to use the card with this PSU (currently have it in my system):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022&cm_re=PSU-_-17-341-022-_-Product

The system is:

DP55WB
Core i7-860
2x2 GB G.Skill
2 x HDD
1 x DVD-R/RW

I tested the card yesterday and it was working fine. Measured with Kill-A-Watt the system consumed ~275Watts when Tested in Dirt2. The card temperature went up to ~85 oC.

Your advice is highly appreciated.
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  1. OMG! You can get a GTX 470 for $200 and your worried about the warranty?! Even if it came without a warranty, your still getting a 40% discount for an awesome card. Your PSU is decent and should power it fine.

    But really, what are you waiting for? GET IT!

    And as for PNY, as long as you can find one for sale they will honor their warranty.
  2. LOL Your friend is an idiot. Spending $350 on a video card only to sell it after 3 weeks and then spend $500 on another card?

    Not very financially sound.

    Buy that sucker before he sells it on eBay!!
  3. jerreece said:
    LOL Your friend is an idiot. Spending $350 on a video card only to sell it after 3 weeks and then spend $500 on another card?

    Not very financially sound.


    And I bet this was to replace his crossfired 5870s. You know the kind of person I'm talking about. Certainly fits the profile.

    Anyway -- yes, buy it now; that's a phenomenal deal.
  4. I would have slapped that 470 on my board in 10 seconds flat...
  5. capt_taco said:
    And I bet this was to replace his crossfired 5870s. You know the kind of person I'm talking about. Certainly fits the profile.

    Anyway -- yes, buy it now; that's a phenomenal deal.


    LOL I need one of those friends. I'd stick that GTX 470 in as my main GPU, use one of my GTX 260's for PhysX, and give my second GTX 260 to my wife to replace her ATI X1950
  6. I had a friend like that once, he was going to give me two 7800 GTs when he upgraded to two 1950 XTXs, but I made him sell them, it was just too much.
  7. Thank you all, guys. I bought it.

    Yesterday I played a bit with the card. It performed fairly well. I had installed Afterburner 1.6 FINAL, created a custom curve for the fan going from 55% up to 98% and tested with Dirt2. This kept the temperature around 78C (the regular Auto mode keeps the temp around 85C which seems to me a bit higher, not sure though). The fan went around 77%. Noise... It was like an old CD/DVD device spinning a disk... The system preparing for taking off... Have to play a bit more to find an acceptable balance.
    I hope the PSU will be OK and not overloaded.

    Once again thank you all.
  8. The 400 series are known for heat. IT is claimed htey are fine up to 100 degrees, so 85 is fine. Of course cooler is better as it is easier to keep the system cool then.

    Usually I say get a 5870 instead of 470 due to 5870 being better and similar price. But $200 is a STEAL! I would have got that even if it meant replacing my PSU.

    Your PSU should be fine.
  9. Thanks asteldian.
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