After a lot of reading up, I have determined 7870 to be the best value for my dollar currently. I can't quite justify the 7950, so this seemed like the next step. I want to keep it under ~$230, otherwise I would just drop down in price even further and get a 7850/GTX660. I would like to overclock modestly, and I'm not sure which card would be best for this. Any replies are greatly appreciated as I know nothing about brands/models currently.
Though I recommend spending the extra 10 bucks for the much better cooled sapphire model. I personally wouldn't touch diamond products with a ten foot pole. Though thats personal preference.
Ah yeah ikaz has a nice suggestions. The LEs are just cut down 7950s... AMD had a brilliant naming scheme for that card. (when I first heard about it I thought it stood for "lite edition") Hell the 7870LE even uses the same GPU as the 7950.
Thank you very much for the replies. I was not expecting such help and so fast! I think I will get a 7870 LE as suggested. I am not worried about power consumption as, from what I have calculated, a 700W PSU should more than suffice. Pardon my ignorance however, but how does one tell the difference between a 7870 and a 7870 LE? Or are they one and the same? I have been out of the hardware 'game' several years, so this is all fairly foreign to me, and I never came accross the term LE. I would like to shop around for prices, but $250 isn't anything that is going to scare me away, so I may just go with the Sapphire card linked.
The difference is that the 7800 GPU's use a different chip then the 7900 chips. You will see tahiti used in reference to the 7900 chips. 7800 chips are under Pitcaim its a different design architecture.
I should have rephrased my question; I apologize. How could I tell which models of 7870 use Tahiti GPU for price comparison? Searching 7870 will bring up all of the 7870 models, and Tahiti will not yield the desired results.