Shame I gave in and bought a moldy old X1950GT... probably less than half the price the 3850 will come in at... and I won't have to wait six months for it to appear in the shops.
I could have bought a new mobo and got the 3850 PCIe... but aside from the fact it would have cost over twice the X1950 (money I have but can't really afford to spend upgrading my old PC ATM) I doubt there'll be any in the shops over here 'til March anyway. It (and the 3870... and the 8800GT... and the bay version of the 8800GT... and most of the decent DX9 cards...) have been sold out since they appeared in the listings pretty much everywhere.
This has been an unreal (pun) Xmas for gaming-quality graphics cards availability... everything from the old midrange to the 8800GTS512 have sold out. Panic buying?!