Re: GTS450s at newegg, go get'em!
Rollo- as a budget gamer none of the features you mentioned are appealing to me.
3D means nothing.
CUDA and GPGPU means nothing.
SLi and CrossFire alike mean nothing.
All I want as much performance I can get, per watt, with very little power consumption and equally little heat output. Not a single card from nV's lineup offer this... save for the GTX460. But it's price is a real deterrent, which is why I went with the 5770.
I'm not at my trailer now, so I cannot bench the card. I'm visiting my folks. But when I get back I'll be glad to run the card through paces and compare it to this GTS450. Stock 5770 vs stock GTS450. Fair enough I'd say.
BTW, after rebate, my 5770 only cost me $129.99. W/ free shipping.