The great debate: GTX 570 vs. HD6970

Hey all, summer has come again, which means this starving college student finally has a job and some money to upgrade my computer! I want to be as prepared as possible for battlefield3 and skyrim, and have been busy upgrading my computer all summer, but i'm a bit stumped on the graphics card issue.

Here's the important parts of my rig:

i7-2600K - stock clocks for now
8Gb DDR3-1600 RAM - GSkill low voltage if anyone cares
ASrock P67 extreme mobo
Saphire HD4870 512mb
Corsair Hx620 PSU

I used to game at 1650 x 1080, but last year i moved up to a 24' 1080p monitor and my old 4870 has been struggling lately :(

My price range is pretty flexible, but I don't want to spend more than $400. My mobo does 8x-8x if I have dual cards, so I'd like to leave SLI/Xfire as a possible upgrade path for the future (I know i'll probably have to get a new PSU). I've been looking at getting a GTX570 or HD6790, possibly even a factory overclocked model since I've never had luck Oc-ing a GPU by myself.

So what do you guys recommend? Is battlefield3 a TWIMTBP title? What about skyrim?

Thanks for the help!
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