I should probably give a warning that GTX-460 cards (mine included) are doing quite poorly in the benchmark. Most likely it's an Nvidia optimization issue that won't carry over into the game, but it's something to be aware of. I haven't heard how these cards are performing in the beta.
At $220-$240, the GTX 460 is the way to go. BTW, the 7xx MB vRAM GTX 460 is NOT the one you want to get. You want the GTX 460 1gb version. There is a significant performance difference compared to the price difference. If you can't do the $220-$240 of the GTX 460 1gb, the ATI 5770 or the 5830/5850 would be the next best bet.
I don't agree here. The performance difference is typically less than 10%, which is less than the price difference. Even reviewers who make the same recommendation as you (like Anandtech) only do it on the basis of some tenuous hope that the performance gap will increase in the future as games require more memory. For today's games, there isn't much difference.
The question for me is when will local retailers start stocking the 460 >:c I can save a lot of money on one when they do.
If you're talking about big box retailers, the answer is probably never. They tend to stock two or three models of low-end video cards to sell to soccer moms. If you have smaller independent retailers or a specialty computer chain nearby (we don't have them here, but I've heard Microcenter in the US is good) then they probably have them already. Edited, Jul 22nd 2010 10:44pm by Borkachev