Look up some of Sazar's posts on 256MB cards, though. There are no games that take advantage of them, and by the time there are, you'll be upgrading your card anyway because the GPU itself is too slow, not the RAM.
Ok, So I wont have the money for it after all. So what do you guys recommend I get. Should I just do the 9800Pro? Or wait it out and see what happens to prices in November? I'm only interested in playing UT2003, UT2004, HL2, and Call of Duty at 80+ fps.
I recommend a 9800 Pro strongly (but I don't want to start a flamewar, NVidia people! Serious... ). It can be had for about $290 here. It is a little more expensive but (and here's the point of contention) quite a bit more future-proof and faster.
Ok. I made a decison..its going to be the 9800pro but what company has the fastest 9800 pro? I hear its sapphire. Is this true? And I have heard just buy the 9800 and flash the card to a 9800pro. Will this work as well?
The 9800 Pro is $50 more, but it's worth not having to risk getting the wrong memory chips. I'll venture that Sapphire has the Samsung memory that you need, but it's not guaranteed. Every online store you buy from will charge you a 10-20% restocking fee for a return, so you might gamble away your $50 savings if they send you the wrong card. I had a similar ordeal with my Radeon 9500-->9700.
that was teh case when they started making their 8500 series cards... or was the EXPECTED case
the quality of the chips is all good... and the difference is not that much...certain makers such as tyan and gigabyte IIRC have higher clocking chips (ie they are better overclockers) but again... this depends and is true on a card by card basis... but not for ALL cards...