Upgrading gpu

I have a 500-550$ budget for upgrades on whatever i need and will obvioulsy my gpu is #1 priority but im having trouble deciding between some of the mid-higher end cards specifaclly the 7950, 660ti, and 670. I only run one monitor at 1080x1920 so i dont really think spending more money on a better card where i will never notice the benifits is worth it. Other than that though i really dont konw if there is anything else i should look at upgrading or putting into my build. Any advice or opinons would be appreciated.

Current Specs:
MSI 870s-g46 mobo
8gb ddr3 1333 gskill ram
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE 3.7 ghz (OC)
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
550Watt Antec PSU
XFX Radeon 6850 (OC)
Windows 7 64bit
1 TB hdd
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  1. i would upgrade the proccesor and motherboard to be honest
  2. get the HD 7950 Overclocking is amazing (30% performance improvement vs stock) it will be able to compete and beat the gtx 670 and for much less money

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/33.html
    the card ended up faster than GTX 680 or HD 7970 GHz Edition in BF3
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/31.html
  3. west7 said:
    get the HD 7950 Overclocking is amazing (30% performance improvement vs stock) it will be able to compete and beat the gtx 670 and for much less money

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/33.html
    the card ended up faster than GTX 680 or HD 7970 GHz Edition in BF3
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_7950_Vapor-X/31.html


    I don't think his PSU would allow it. :)
  4. Motherboard and processor is the best option of upgrading anything.

    Get a new ivy bridge and sufficient motherboard.

  5. i think you right, for the stock clock your PSU would be good and i think that u can oc it but not that much with your PSU, but i highly recommend it
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