GPU for gaming, i5-3570k

Hello all, I am in need of help deciding which graphics card to get. I have already taken a look at benchmarks but I still don't understand what they numbers mean. I have also tried searching through the forums on the cards that I will be listing but I still can't come to a final conclusion on which one I want.

I am currently interested in these graphics cards but will be willing to settle with others that you guys have in mind:

EVGA GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

XFX Double D Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (OC Edition)

Approximate purchase date: Within 1-2 month, I am not in a rush to buy one but the sooner the better.
Budget $200-$300
Usage: Gaming(Crysis2, Metro3033, Battlefield3, Guildwars2, SWTOR, Tera), Surfing the web/Multitasking, YouTube
Current GPU and PSU: stock hd4000, Corsair HX650w

Intel i5-3570k cpu
ASRock z77 Extreme4 mobo
2xCorsair Vengeance 4gb 1600mhz DDR3
Crucial SATA3 64gb SSD(boot)
Samsung 1TB 7200rpm HDD
Corsair 600t case
Corsair H100 cooling.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future

I do not know much about graphics card, I've tried reading over stuff about overclocking gpus and stuff and I have no clue what the numbers are. All the help is appriciated, Thank you all for your time.
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  1. Go for ati radeon HD 7850 if u have a mid range budget
  2. Get the 7870 if you can. I haven't had any problems with mine; pretty good OC potential and it runs pretty cool (sapphire version). I mainly run 3 1080p screens at all times if that means anything to you (5760x1080 gaming where I can but the 7870 eats up 1920x1080 gaming with maxed settings)

    HIS IceQ version for 330 after rebate with free shipping
  3. Definitely get the Radeon 7850. Runs cooler, consumes less power and provides better performance than any of the other cards IMO. Though you have to over clock the card to around 1150 mhz to get GTX 580 performance (base is 860 mhz), its a very rewarding buy. Yes, 580 performance. Getting a custom-cooler version of the card should provide enough cooling to make it run cool :)
  4. I would love to get the 7870 but as of right now I think i'll look more into the 7850. I was told that the gtx480 can perform up to the 580 too, also out perform the 7850 but the very big downside with that card is that it gets very hot, loud, and it eats up more energy. Is this true? If so I'll side with the 7850 for the time being.
  5. Yes, there are reviews all over the place verifying the things you say about the 480. I wish that the XFX Double D 7870 came out when I was upgrading (came out a week later :( ) because it is a very attractive card. At any rate, you should be happy with the 7850's performance.

    Plus when the drivers catch up a little more you will have (hopefully) improved performance through the 3.0 tech due to the z77/ivy chipset.

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