Another way to look at the $60 price difference is that it's the basically the cost of a game. Just buy one less crappy game, and you make up the difference, but get a card that's a helluva lot faster.
I could see that point and agree with it (and it's all semantics anyway), except that we're talking about a $120+ price difference between the x800xl and 6600GT, not $60. Looking at reliable, in-stock vendors on Pricewatch:
Chaintech 6600GT PCI-E
- $161.50 shipped
Asus x800xl PCI-E
- $280 shipped
Going down the list, there's several 6600GTs available in the sub-$170 pricing tier, while the x800xl quickly rises into $290+ or greater. $120 is currently the minimum
price differential one would have to spend. It's just a curious omission from my perspective to only look at 'high and low' end and disregard the existence of a middle ground. Generally speaking, we have three types of builders - the budget oriented (low), the bang/buck crowd (mid range), and the high priced enthusiast (high).