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):
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.
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.