I would also add that if you are looking for a high end card a GREAT value, then a Radeon 9700 (non-pro), but it is twice the price you state (but can you afford that? It IS a huge difference in performance).
As for the makers, the only two I'd stay away from are Powercolor and Gigacube. IF you aren't sure of the differences, you will likely pay too much for omething someone recommended to you and find out when you get home, that they (PC and GC) use their own terms and speeds for their cards not always sticking to the reference specs.
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