7850 vs 560ti-2gb vs 6950-2gb vs 2x6850

So many decisions. As always, my hardest choice is the GPU and I generally change my mind 10 times or so before I actually build. Originally, I was deciding on going the cheaper route and decided on a 6870. However, after doing more research, I fear I'm going to have problems with the newer games (with ultra/high settings, 1920x1200). So I've decided to about double my price range on my GPU and have narrowed it down to 4 options (yes, I know that's not very "narrow").

Rest of the machine:

i5 2500k (w/Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO)
ASRock z68 Extreme3 Gen3 mobo (Probably)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8gb (1333, 7-7-7-21) or Corsair Vengeance 8gb (1600,7-8-8-24), haven't decided yet
OCZ MOdXStream Pro 700W Modular 80 PLUS (Probably)
Cooler Master HAF 932 case

Unfortunately, I'm not SURE what games I will be playing. I have an older computer now, so I haven't played many of the new games yet to know what I'm really going to get into. I'm pretty positive I will be checking out; SWTOR, Diablo3, BF3, Metro, & Skyrim at the least, so I'm looking for something that is more of a jack-of-all-trades GPU than one that is specifically better at one game, but terrible for another. Budgetting at just under $300, these are the four options I'm debating:

Radeon HD 7850
MSI version:
Sapphire version:

With these being so new, not a whole lot of reviews are out there, but they both seem pretty solid from the limited responses on newegg.

560Ti 2gb

Not sure why exactly, but many reviewers of the 7850 have said the 560ti 2gig is a better buy. But I'm not really convinced, especially seeing as of this writing, they're about the same price as the 7850.

HD 6950 2gb

Not sure exactly what's going on, but the price of this one jumped since I first looked at, now about $40 more than the 560ti and the 7850.

Two Crossfired 6850 1gb

Or for about the same price, I can buy two 6850 1-gig's and Crossfire them.

Having a hell of a time, since I'm a numbers junkie and have tons of scores and charts filling my mind and I can't seem to find "the one".

-I'm honestly leaning toward the 7850, being that it has newer tech and supposedly runs very cool.
-The 560Ti still gets praises, even against the 7850, but not sure if that's just fan-boying.
-The 6950 I hear overclocks really well, but with it being even more than the 7850, not sure if it's the right buy
-Crossfiring the 6850s opens up a new can of worms; How will my mobo choice effect it? What about the PSU? I still hear one *better* card is usually better than two crossed *lesser* cards.

I do plan on overclocking as much as I can, but not looking to set any records with it. I hope to buy within the next month or so.

What do you guys think?

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  1. The 560ti is getting good deals on it right now.
  2. Best answer
    In your situation I'd get a single 6850 second hand, do a stable overclock, and use it while the 7000 cards prices come down from 6** competition, then once the prices have stabilized, get a 7850 or preferably a 7870.
  3. You know there are video benchmark charts on this website right?
  4. Best answer selected by rockworld3113.
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