Re: Can't afford GTX280, but...
Yeah the GTX260 is the best "bang for your buck". The ATI 4800 series cards are aweful good right now, and a tad bit cheaper, but I like the extra memory the 260's have. (512MB vs. 896MB) I believe most future games will benefit from the extra memory on board, if you're a fan of AA and AF.
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