Pretzel, not sure about pricing but see if you can find the http://www.sapphiretech.com/vga/9600-xt-ult.asp
(they're impossible/hard to get here in Australia but should be easy where you are).
I think that's the one I'm looking at. NewEgg sells them but they're out of stock last I checked. I'm a bit upset that the 9600xt with passive cooling is $50 US more than the fan cooled version. But if the cooling kits cost around $40 then I guess it's not that far off.
Now if the price would drop some more. I just don't want to spend $200 on a video card.