Upgrading HD 6870 for 1920x1080 - ~$200 budget, details inside

After reading the "Best Graphics Card For The Money: August" article, I've decided on a ~$150-250 budget. Ideally, I'd want to spend $200 at most, but if the upgrade is substantial enough, I'd be willing to spend a bit more.
So this brings up the options of GTX 650 Ti BOOST, HD 7850, HD 7870, GTX 760, and HD 7950.

I'm not sure which card I can run the best without bottlenecking, overheating, etc. with my current setup. More details as follows:

Current PC Specs:
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE
- Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+
- RAM: 4x2GB Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600
- GPU: Sapphire HD 6870 1GB
- PSU: OCZ ZX Series 850W
- Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid-September - Mid-October
BUDGET RANGE: ~$150-250 Before / After Rebates

- Gaming w/ possible live-streaming: FFXIV: ARR & Battlefield 3 being among the more intensive games
- Light image and video editing w/ Photoshop & Premiere
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  1. You dont need 850w PSU go for 550w is good enough
    Also dont get 4 channels ram take 2x2gb or 1x4GB and in the future u can add one more 1x4gb and AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition support DDR3 1333mhz ram.
  2. All of the parts I listed are what I already have. I'm just looking to upgrade my GPU to something better than the HD 6870.
  3. Best answer
    Oh sorry ok then.
    So you can crossfire your 6870 with another 6870. 2x6870 is a good choice.
    Or you can go for MSI GTX760 TF 2GB DDR5 (259$)
    A very good GPU the best value for money for me.
    Here is some other choices if you dont wanna spend so much.
    Asus GTX660Ti 2GB DDR5 (216$)
    Asus HD7870 2GB DDR5 (178$)
  4. Would I have any problem with bottlenecking any of those cards with my 955 BE? One concern I have is not being able to use the card to the fullest because of my current hardware.
  5. For 7870 you can see this threat
    make a search in tomshardware and you will find the answer for the other 2 cards.
    I will help you tommorow.
  6. So after looking into it it looks like with some overclocking I will be able to handle even the GTX 760. I guess now I just have to decide how much I'm willing to spend. I don't do too much intensive gaming so I might go with the 7870. Thanks for the help.
  7. Yeah dont worry 7870 is a very good GPU you can see the video below.
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