I'm skipping both Nvidia and ATIs new gen cards, even if they become cheaper. Will wait at least another year to see what new stuff may arrive then. The only game that hampers me now FPS wise is Crysis, and this is a game I dont care about very much.
If the GTX260 or the Ati 4870 get to about $230-50 I'll bite on one of those. GT's used go for about $120-30. I game at 1680x1050 also and I have to admit the only game I've tried and played is BF2 and that runs max settings perfectly. I downloaded the crysis demo, and well forget that runs pretty crappy. I have to set everything to med no aa or af then its ok. COD4 run pretty good had to turn AA off though. And I have stalker coming friday as well as obilivion. From what I've seen those games will make my GT worrk pretty hard. And if they do that was the reason for my upgrade to either of the above mentioned cards. I like to play max settings with pretty much max AA and AF. And from what I've been hearing both those cards will alow me to do that with easy. But I have to say the GT has been the best video card I've purchased in a longtime. I love the single slot single power connector idea. I was hoping nvidia might come out with a 9800GT but that doesn't look like its going to happen.
I am going to hold on to my 9600GT. I have a 19" monitor and play at 1280 x 1024, so I do not see a need for a new card. Now, if I upgrade my monitor to a 24" LCD, then I will probably need to upgrade my card. Until then, I will keep going with my current 9600GT.
I sold my 8800GT and jumped on the 4850 bandwagon when BB had the 4850 for $150 without rebate. I'm regretting it a bit now, mainly because some games are not stable on the 4850 for me. I don't have an SLI board, if I had one, I would have kept my 8800GT and buy another 8800GT to SLI them.