So much hostility over a simple question. I disagree with your assessment of the purchase of new cards, but will not go into that discussion with you. No point in debating that with someone who has proven himself incapable of holding a civil conversation time and again.
As far as the 1060 vs. a 980, for the price a 1060 is simply a better bang for the buck when it comes to which (new) card to buy. If you disagree, then so be it. You are entitled to your opinion. I am glad you have found a card that you enjoy for such a good deal. For the people of the forum who would be interested in buying the cards new however the differences are as follows:
GTX 980 vs. 1060 ~ 980 is better by 5% average bench at the cost of $137 more.
GTX 980 TI vs 1060 ~ 980 TI is better by 35.3% average bench at the cost of "$205"(Typically more than that) more.
Now while the prices will differ depending on where you go, based on the individual specs of the card which I will not get into, I will just go off of the prices listed in the charts. The regular 980 is simply not worth $137 more. The price does not justify a mere 5%. As for the GTX 980 TI, that is clearly a better card. At the price though, you could get 2 1060s and call it a day. Not that you need them, mind you. (If I had not gotten a free GTX 980 TI to run SLI with my other, I would be bitter lol.)
In general though, the time of the Maxwell cards are over. Rather, that will be the case once game requirements(Software) catch up(to Hardware). They are moving over to the Pascal cards, which are far better for VR Gaming. So just for S&G here is the different in a GTX 980 TI(the best of the 980s) and a 1080(The best of the 10 series not including the Titan X PASCAL):
GTX 980TI vs 1080 ~ 1080 is better by 36% average bench for "$200" More
Well, it is just for giggles at this point. Here is the Titan X PASCAL
Anyhow, hopefully someone looking to upgrade will get some use out of this post. Allthough they will want to do a price comparison of their own before committing to anything as prices change. To be perfectly honest, unless you are in dire need of an upgrade you may be better off waiting for the second line of the Pascal cards to roll out. Sorry to stray off topic. I never intended to start an argument. Carry on posting your computer specs good people.