Thanks alot for the information Emperus. I decided to actually buy the XFX version of the 6950. My buddy online tells me they are a little bit more of a reputable brand then GIGABYTE. Plus, like you said, you get a better warranty.
I've been looking on ebay just now.. and it looks like i'll beable to get about $100 for my current EVGA GTX 260! That'll help off set the cost.. and make me feel a little bit better about shelling out $300 for a video card lol.
I love how you want to buy something.. but absolutely hate your self for doing so.