I don't think many people here are too concerned about brands. The performance per €/£/$ (or watt, even) is usually the basis for advice. With the money saved so far (and maybe a bit more if FutileResistor shows up) it might be tempting to upgrade to a 660Ti. Fairly serious power on offer there. The other way to go is take a step down to 7850, save the money and once the consoles start passing out your PC, say in 18 months time, sell it off and add your saved money to get another mid-range card that the consoles will never catch up with. Or get an SSD to boot up from, they are a huge addition.
Cheers, that's shaving quite a bit on the card.
I had initially spec'd a haswell board that was crossfire ready so I could whack in another GPU later but a post in this thread put me right off it. Is it definitely the wrong move?
*edit* kinda answering my own questions but after reading it seems crossfire and sli can be a bit wonky. Think I'll stick with a single gpu setup and upgrade the card over time.
Without starting some kind of argument what at the opinions between nvidia and radeon. I was aiming for the 7870 because of price ....