Re: GeForceFX 5200 Ultra for $75? Good deal? Other recommendations?
Well, I found a Newegg refurb 5600 (not Ultra, just plain-Jane) for $80 shipped.
That's actually a better deal than the 5200 Ultra I was looking at before (it was $75 + $7 shipping). Since all tests I've read (especially the excellent roundups at xbitlabs) show it to be notably faster than a 5200 Ultra, I decided to give it a shot. It is actually playable (30fps) in UT2K4 at 1024x768 with 4xFSAA and 4xAniso applied. Pretty impressive for $80, IMHO, and, of course, I'm going to pop that heatsink right off and put it on my watercooling loop.
*Hopefully* I'll be able to bear this thing until fall! Ideally, I won't be stuck with it for longer, but it does have a couple cool features - dual DVI, for example.