2560 by 1440 GPU suggestions

So I am looking to replace my current 27" 1920 by 1080 monitor with a 27" 2560 by 1440. Along with that I am sure it will be time to upgrade my GPU.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next few months

Budget:$100 to $500 (Although I would rather keep it below $350)

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (I rarely play FPS games so it is not like I need to have 60FPS in BF3), Office stuff, surfing

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: GPU: Currenctly runnning a GTX 460 1GB (256Bit core:825, Shader:1650, Memory:4100) PSU: Termaltake Smart Series 750W Modular (SP-750M)

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
CPU: FX - 8320 (@4.1GHz)
MB: GA-990FXA-UD3
Case: Zalman Z9 Plus Mid Tower (using 4 120MM fans)
RAM: 16GB DDR3- (CL9 @1866MHz)


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or Micro Center (I live near a Micro Center)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer AMD but willing to go Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (depending on heat considerations) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes that is part of my question

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560 X 1440

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't need to be playing every game on Ultra but on the same note I am not looking to get a QHD monitor to play on medium. I am looking for a good value as well as I know if I spend more it will be better but If I can spend $300 on good enough I prefer that over $500 on great.

I look at it as having a few options beyond waiting for the next generation (which is also an option).

Option 1: Buy a used GTX 460 that matches my current card. This is the cheapest option but I think the 1GB of VRAM and microstuttering may leave me wanting a better upgrade
Option 2: buy a single "higher" end card (GTX 660Ti , GTX670, Radeon 7950, or 7970)
Option 3: Get 2 cards and crossfire / SLI (like 7870GhZ or GTX660)


I am personally leaning towards the 7950 which would also leave me open to a future crossfire option. Wondering everyone's opinions;
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  1. For 1440p I would recommend the 7970, OC it, and x-fire later. The extra vram will help out a bit with the higher resolution, and unless you get a voltage unlocked 7950 (which seem to be rarer and rarer these days) you won't get the same great OC as other have experienced.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125413
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202008

    Those would be the two I would look at. However, your time frame is so long that if you wait to buy until the end of it, you might as well wait for the next generation.
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