That is my old card. I bought one a year ago and it worked wonders until my wife spilled OJ on it through my Coolermaster case. I ordered another and received something slightly different - a "Performance Edition". Physically, it was the same, but after slapping it into my computer I immediately noticed some differences. For starters, it whirred a lot when I started games like Mass Effect 2. I have no doubts that it ran hot at times, but I never tested that theory out.
Now that it isn't working, what should I do? I'd love to get the same card, but I'm not fond of this manufacturer now that I've had this issue. Then again, maybe it wasn't the manufacturer's fault. Maybe it was mine. What would you do? Should I re-order this card from PNY? The first one I bought I got Newegg. That one worked great. The second I got directly from PNY. Didn't work out quite as well.
Should I pick a different card? Upgrade it, maybe? I need some advice!
If your budget is that high you could get a 460 GTX which is a much better card but I think you should try to claim the warranty on your card though (if you still have the box there is usually a sticker for it).
In the future you should always register your product after you buy something that offers lifetime warranty. You're wasting a lot of money buying the same product over and over again when you could have simply had it replaced.
Ok. False alarm? I reseated the graphics card and now it works. For the moment. Eh, hopefully it stays that way. One question, though. Is there a way to make the graphics card fan run faster? The worried it may be overheating, and I've read this specific card has that issue.
PNY aren't known for the durability of their products. Go to their page and register your card as soon as possible. No proof of purchase should be necessary, you only need the numbered code on the card...