Yeah, I have no doubt that 7850 is a better card, comparison-wise. I wouldn't mind going with a slightly slower card if it's also cheaper and STILL gives me very good results in games like Skyrim. But I didn't know it's quiet and low power. Good to know.
What about waiting for 660? How would that change the playing field? Maybe the prices would drop further of 7850 or 560ti's?
Also... Any major, general differences between geforce and radeon that I should be aware of? I know there are nuances, but anything really important? I've been using nvidia for almost 10 years now, and I've been generally happy with their cards, as well as software options/controls for those cards.