I’ve been keeping my eye on availability of NVidia 8800GT cards for the last few days, hoping to catch a deal. Just a few minutes ago I got a notification that NewEgg had an XFX 8800gt in stock for $209.99. I was all ready to buy it when I noticed that it was a 256MB version (rather than 512).
I think I’m going to hold off, but I think that the appearance of a 256MB card at any price is a good sign, because it suggests that the GPU is available in sufficient supply that manufacturers are willing to use them to build lower priced cards. With any luck we’ll see 512MB cards in stock in the next week for the $250 recommended retail price, if not less.