ATI's next gen R520 will be released in both AGP and PCI-E
Hmmm, the last thing I read was it was going to be PCI-e only
But also, like for me, I will definately be skipping this current "next gen" phase (ie 7800 and 9xx) but then there is a good chance I will upgrade for the generation after that. There is a real good chance that those cards won't be available in AGP.
But again, in the current cards there is no performance increase with PCI-e over AGP. It is mearly for upgrade options in the future.
I also agree that you can get a good 2 years out of a 6800GT. You might be running games on a little lower settings in a couple years, but it will definately run them.
I mean, how much of a difference can the Shader Model 3.0 make? And is the difference worth 100 bucks more?
It will be even more important if you want the card to last you a couple years as about all new games will be in PS3.0.