See, the problem is with my videocard - I would very much prefer to get an ATI X800XT, or one from a top-tier manufacturer (Visiontek, etc) but it has been sold out EVERYWHERE for the past two weeks - I cannot find it in stock anywhere on pricewatch.com, heck even at retail localities (Best Buy, CompUSA, etc). However, I did find one vendor, provantage.com, which says it'll have Celestica models of the X800 XT in stock tommorow, the 23rd - so I need to find out right away, would that be a good buy? It will be $525, $25 more than if I waited for CompUSA or Best Buy to get the cards in stock from ATI (and have to wait till the 15th of next month, which I cannot do, I am headed off to college on the 18th) but I could order it soon.
So do you all think it would be worth it? Celestica is a smaller vendor; their 9800XT has received good reviews, but I cannot find any reviews of their version of the X800XT, and I do not want to buy if it'll turn out to be a crappier version of the ATI reference design...
...thanks if you all can be of help.
oh and this is just one other question unrelated to the videocard, I know the 3400+ is of the Clawhammer design w/ 1mb L2 cache; would it be worth the extra $185 to buy it for the 512kb of L2 cache it has over the Newcastle 3000+? I've also heard that the Clawhammer's memory controller is better than that of the Newcastle, is that true?
I had purchased a 6800gt from them(backordered of course) and for over two weeks the listed price was $335 or thereabouts. Well I got an e-mail from them today...
"Dear Provantage Customer,
Occasionally, the price may change on an out-of-stock item due to an
unexpected cost increase from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, an
unexpected cost increase has occurred on an item you ordered, Provantage
part# PNYV03P. As a result of this increase, our new price is $448.20.
Please advise if we should proceed with your order at the new price.