Over the past three months I've been working on acquiring pieces for a Gaming/HTPC build. So far I've got almost everything, but I am stuck on pulling the trigger on a video card. I'll outline the parts I DO have below, but my query is between three cards. The first is a tried and true go-to for most; the nVidia GTX 560Ti. It has been on the list for "Best $200-$300" card for months, but it's getting a little long in the tooth when it comes to lifespan. The second is the newer AMD Radeon HD7850 which has recently made its way on to a few of the $200-$300 lists: it's almost brand new and up-to-date (driver issues be damned). The last is the forthcoming nVidia GTX 660 kepler card, which might keep me waiting a couple more months. Whichever I go with, there's a chance I might pick up a second one in the future. For my purposes, I will be doing video games (racing and FPS mostly) and media on a 1920x1080 screen. With a wide community here, I wanted to get some info on personal experience with the 560 or the 7850.
Processor: AMD FX-8120
Mobo: ASUS 5A990X EVO
Memory: Corsair Vengance DDR3 1866
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB
SSD: Samsung 830 128GB
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Case: Corsair Carbide 400r
PSU: Kingwin 850watt
Still missing a BR drive, but that's not too big of a decision.
P.S. don't you just love first-world problems