I agree budget matters a lot at lower costs, but I don’t think it matters much at ultra enthusiast levels. It would be good to set a firm number on that, but I think 1000+ definitely qualifies. At that level a person can stretch a few hundred by waiting a month or too.I see. But this budget problem still exists. See, if you have limited budget, most buyers actually have, and you cannot exceed that budget, then best card with that budget is best you can get.
This can make "bad" card to be actually good. Like with 6500XT. "Bad" card Techspot said but some weeks later they realized there is nothing better available for same price ..