Hi all, this is my first post. This site has helped me build at least 5 rigs over the years of lurking, so thanks for all the great knowledge sharing!
That being the case I just built another one and want to get a respectable gpu to finish it out. I think the Radeon 7950 should do the trick for the pricepoint, but there are so many to choose from. I want one that will work well AND be as quiet as possible. The cost is less important than finding the right gpu. My monitor is HDMI, and I'll output to a TV as well. Overclocking doesn't interest me either.
i5 3750 Ivy w/ Hyper 212 EVO
16GB Corsair Vengeance PC3 12800
OCZ Vertex 4 256GB
ASUS Sabertooth z77
I would either go with the Asus Radeon HD 7950, which was named the quietest in Tom's review of 6 different 7950s, or the Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 which wasn't in that review and has been praised elsewhere for great cooling.
^+1 that is a good card. xfx makes good cards too. I personally recommend staying from HIS cards though, had a lot of trouble with that brand. I have also heard some bas reviews on some of the msi 7950s and 7970s. I am planning on a new build soon myself and intend to get the Sapphire card.
I just received notification that there were replies to my query, so I didn't realize you all had posted. I got the SAPPHIRE 100352-2L Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
and I love it. It is really quiet too. It's handling Borderlands 2 fully maxxed without issue and looks simply beautiful, though I haven't checked framerates. I'm glad I didn't skimp on it. My case is plenty big enough for it, but it is really long. I did forget to mention my psu is a Seasonic SS-520FL, and I haven't had any issues so far so I guess it can handle it.