Xfx 7950 vs sapphire 7870xt

Hi everyone I plan on building my first gaming pc soon. I have a budget of $250, and both cards push it the 7950 is 270 with rebates and things and the 7870 is 255. I know the 7950 would be better but I have heard mixed reviews about the xfx brand. Also the 7870 is out of stock nearly everywhere, but my brother has to go to Kingston in a few days for work and can pick one up, if it's still in stock.
Edit: I plan on using a 1080p for gaming and don't intend on overclocking
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  1. What country do you live in? I see you using $ as currency, but I'd like to make sure.

    Newegg has this 7870XT in stock
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024
  2. cliffro said:
    What country do you live in? I see you using $ as currency, but I'd like to make sure.

    Newegg has this 7870XT in stock
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

    Canada, sorry. Last time I checked newegg was out of stock. But at newegg it's $5 more and $10 for shipping so its the same price as the 7950.
  3. Well Newegg.ca has it in stock as well, but in CAD it's listed as $10 more, but is actually only $4 more doing the conversion from USD to CAD.
    Sapphire http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202024

    They also have the Powercolor version as well.
    Powercolor http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131484
  4. The 660 Ti can be had down here for $270 (after $20 MIR) .... dunno if that works for you up north.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121656

    As for how they stack up with the 7870 and 7950, at 1920 x 1080 its significantly faster than the 7870, tiny bit faster in fps than the 7950 but the frame latency issue sets them apart:

    http://techreport.com/discussion/23981/radeon-hd-7950-vs-geforce-gtx-660-ti-revisited#metal
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GeForce_GTX_660_Ti_Direct_Cu_II/28.html
    http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/3026/nvidia-geforce-gtx-660-ti-review---3-way-sli-included
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