I'm trying to build a new computer and saw that I can get the GTO still on ebay for $300 shipped. With my budget I can't get anything more expensive without cutting back really, so I'll save that for another thread.
Question: Is the 7900GTO worth $300 now considering what has been released? Where will the value of the GTO stand in say 2 months?
I wouldn't. New, they used to sell for 250-300. 250 would be the max I would personally pay for one. I'm not sure about the specs, but is it Evga? If so, has the seller registered it and can you use it to step up? How about the warranty on the card? The major downside to buying used is do you trust the seller? Most likely, you're going to want to clock it up to GTX speeds and then you might need to RMA it after burning out the card.
Cleeve recommends the X1950XT for that price range if you're willing to go ATI. It should perform slightly better than the X1900XT.
No sh*t! Sweet. I could of sworn I did a search for this card yesterday and it wasn't there. Where the hell are the reviews?
I agree with Cleeve the 7900GTO isn't worth it. You can get a 7900GTX at zipzoomfly for $299 after MIR.
Since I haven't seen any reviews (yet) for the X1950XT, I can't say anything on it's price / performance but I can guess that it's pretty good. Since you're willing to spend $300 on a video card, I'd either get the X1950XT or 7900GTX depending on what games you play.
IMHO - not until the 8800 GTS hits $450 or below will it put pressure on them to lower the X1950 XTX... and even then, the X1950 XT won't really be affected because it's $260 price point is far away from $400.
But no one can be sure when they're fortune telling.
It should be fine with *most* things. There are specifically a few games that need more than 256M because the textures are too big on the ultra-high-super-duper quality setting. But, at 1900 res, it's unlikely you want to turn up the settings that high with a <$300 card.