I got mine direct from <A HREF="http://www.evga.com" target="_new">http://www.evga.com</A> for $399 + $12 shipping. Their card also comes with a fully copy of FarCry. I got the card in less than a week.
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How do you figure? Best Buy still sells the 9800 XT for $499. And the 9800 XT is still in the mid 300s. And the Geforce 6800 GT is twice as fast and the XT and more then that for your 9800 Pro. Also you can't play the high quality settings of Doom3 with a 9800 pro.
If you're paying more than the MSRP for your hardware, then you are being taken advantage of. They are exploiting the high demand by increasing the prices because some people "have to have it". The 6800GT's MSRP is $400, so <b>don't</b> pay more than that. I think the eVGA is your best bet.
I do agree, the 9800XT needs a major price drop if they want anyone to buy the thing, but if the 6800GT is supposed to cost $399, why in the world would you pay $475??? For <b><i>one</b></i> game? It's just silly.
Ok, you are right, and yes it is sick that I spent the money to build a new gaming machine just for games. I had the ati radeon 9800 xt that I bought last year for 410 on ebay but sold it for 325 recently and put it towards the GF 6800GT. Was it necessary, no, but I am sick! Hopefully tomorrow I will find it was all worth it when I finally sit down and play Doom3.
There's nothing wrong with spending some cash on a fast machine- 3D games can push a computer very hard, so obviously you need a good rig if you want the pretty visuals. In your situation, I can understand why you bought the 6800GT (as long as you have a BIG monitor to push the res.), since you sold your Radeon card for $325. I just think that people should be patient- get a good deal on the card and wait until it arrives.