Lets say you were given a $500 gift card to Amazon and you were willing to spend about 50$ of your own money to get the best single GPU card you could get. That is the situation I am in. (It's a good situation) What would you get and why?
I am replacing a 5870 Crossfire (MSI Lightning versions) setup. I want to go to a single card with enough VRAM to mod Skyrim into "Oblivion". (Pun intended) I also run Eyefinity in some games with my current settup. I want to avoid Crossfire and SLI setups due to issues I had with Skyrim and Crossfire. ENBs tend to dislike multi GPU setups as does the game itself.
Here are the two I was looking at. Feel free to make other suggestions as well:
get the 7970. I have that card and I was able to play Skyrim with all the high texture, emb lightning mods. For skyrim mods visit skyrimnexus.com they have a very nice management tool that will keep track of your mods for that game, it lets you browse wihtin the manager for new mods and individually enable/disable them if your game is crashing for some reason
make sure to overclock your cpu to get the most out of that 7970 goodness