OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: (i7 920 cpu ASUS Sabertooth mobo)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ( newegg.com ONLY) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: i would like ATI since my brother got a 5870 and runs well for almost a year! and XFX/sapphire and also ASUS (most prefered for my gpus is always ASUS)
PARTS AVOIDNACE: nivida, stock cooling
OVERCLOCKING: Yes (so i would avoid stock types SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Depends on gpu
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Need to have better than stock cooling; Want a card with a lifetime warranty; Must run Crysis ALL out max to the extreme
For your budget I would actually wait a month or so until AMD releases it Cayman and Antilles based gpus. I believe Cayman(HD6950/6970) is set to come out some time in November not sure about Antilles. I'm in the same boat as you and just waiting, impatiently, for the 6950/6970 to be released so I can replace my GTX 260 with one of them.