Originally Posted by coachmark2
The Radeon 7950 would be a good choice as it does have excellent power for the price you pay. The Nvidia price equivalent (Sort of) is the GTX 670.
Both cards are excellent for what they do with a few differences between them. The Radeon cards usually can clock 50 or 100 megahertz higher and are voltage unlocked. They are, however, ravenously power hungry and the stock cooler is quite loud compared to the Nvidia designs. Nvidia's 600 series cards run cooler, quieter, use less power, and have PhysX and CUDA, but are slightly
less powerful for the money you pay at any given price bracket. That being said, Nvidia is performing exceptionally well at 1080 resolution this generation.
Summary: The 7950 is able to crank out more raw frames than it's Nvidia counterpart at a slightly lower price. The Nvidia cards are a tad more expensive and have alot less power consumption, fan noise, and heat and come with a few nice features.
Nvidia cards are also, on average, 100$ more expensive than the AMD counterpart.
I got my HD 7970 for 350$ last week, while the GTX 680 are still 450$-500$, even on sale.
Of course they are quieter, cooler and a little bit less power hungry, but it's really up to one to determine if it is worth the (large) price premium or not.