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What AMD card should an Nvidia fanboy get?

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Here's the situation: I'm an unabashed Nvidia fanboy, and have been since I had trouble getting an ATI Riva TNT2 to work in Linux (or very well at all in Windows) some decade and a half (or more?) ago. It seems, however, that the Xen hypervisor has trouble passing Nvidia cards to the guest operating systems, and I want to convert my computer into a bunch of handy virtual machines. The idea would be to get a high performance AMD Radeon HD of some such to use with a Windows 7 Ultimate VM that I will use for gaming and my Adobe software collection (mostly Photoshop and Illustrator, though I use Flash, Fireworks, and Dreamweaver a bit, too), among other useful Windows programs. I will continue using my Nvidia GTX 470 with the main Linux VM, which I may be able to use for programs that can take advantage of CUDA processing.

Since I haven't used an AMD card since before a handful of the users of this site were born, I need some guidance to get a card that will give me the performance I am used to seeing from my GTX 470. The specific card I have is the EVGA GTX 470 SuperClocked, which is a factory-overclocked version of the standard GTX 470. I absolutely love my GTX 470! It gets me fantastic framerates in the Valve games I play (TF2, Left4Dead 2, etc) and It performed great with BF:BC2, also. Is there an AMD card that can give me the same performance in the $200-$300 range?

If all else fails, I will just bite the bullet and grab one of the dual-fan 7950 cards. Since there isn't very much overlap between companies that make Nvidia-based cards and those that make AMD-based cards, I also really need a recommendation as to what manufacturer gives the best warranty and best service, should something go wrong. I trust Asus for most things, but I have always liked EVGA (and BFGTech when they were around) for their warranty.

So, what should I get?
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HD 7850 would provide better performance than GTX 470 for less than 200 bucks. the HD 7950 boost would be close to 60 - 70% faster than the performance of the GTX 470 for 300 bucks. so pick the card you want to based on your performance needs.
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