APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE and Budget: I want to purchase the card ASAP, I have a budget of around $225 CAD, but I could probably spend a little more, though I'd prefer less. USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mainly currently playing final Fantasy 14 ARR, but I also want it to be able to handle a large variety of games, other than that watching twitch, or youtube. CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: ASUS radeon HD6670 1gb is my current GPU and I believe I got a 460w power supply, However I am looking to get a 650w supply when I choose a card. OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
AMD FX4100 quad core 3600Mhz
Motherboard - Asus M5A88-M
8 gigs ram (2 sticks of kingston 4gb If I recall correctly) PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS - Currently looking at Newegg.ca for parts Country of Origin - Canada Parts Preference - No real preference, got a lot of Asus stuff from the place I ordered all my original PC parts from, but aside from that as long as they are a reputable company with a good track record I'll be fine. Overclocking - I would love to try, but scared about frying out PC. Monitor Resolution - I have an Asus ML228H max resolution is 1920x1080
The 7870 is a good choice for an entry/mid level gaming card. By staying with radeon, you won't have to mess with uninstalling drivers and switching to nvidia drivers. That said, if you can afford another $20-30 dollars, the GTX 760 is a great card.
As far as a psu goes, 650w is probably overkill, but then again it leaves you room to grow. Corsair TX and HX, Seasonic, XFX and Antec all make good, sturdy psu's. Do NOT skimp on the psu - if it goes, it may take your cpu, m/b, gpu with it!