Well, crunch time for a video card. With the recent (disappointing) news that the 7800GT would be $449, I'm thinking about something else.
So: would it really be worth spending that much on it? With the GTX only $50 more, it would seem that the GTX would be a better deal.
Now, my 1st choice was a 6800GT - but, I've gone with PCI-E, and that one is a bit more $ on PCI-E.
Hence the X850XT choice. It's about as fast, if not faster (I play mostly Far Cry), and about what I would have spent on a 7800GT.
With no benchmarks for the 7800GT yet, I'm not sure which to get (or something else altogether).
One big plus in my book for the X850 is the fan: it exhausts hot air out the back of the case instead of into the case. Yeah, it's two slot, but with that feature, who cares? Why nVidia hasn't done this...??
Oh: CPU is a S754 Athlon 64 3700+. Probably will OC to around 2.5GHz.