Summary: My friend recommended the 7950 Radeon but Benchmark tests I researched showed that this card was only about 1% less powerful but about 60% cheaper. We have pretty much the same rig besides his card being the 7950 and there are no differences in the games we play. I use this card with 8gb ram and a 4670k cpu and it's a total beauty. Those combined items make this card really live up to be a beast when it comes to gaming. Recommended.
Summary: Nice upgrade from the nvidia gtx 460 , plays Metro Last light with high resolution nice and smooth , once you turn off Advanced PhysX in the game options, great card at the price point , its a long card so check your case, no complaints
Summary: I was on the fence about this card, I had an older HD4xxx card that did the job (casual gamer here) that I'd had for 2 or 3 years, but there's always the appeal of a newer, better card. Plus there's OC potential, should things ever get any more demanding on the card. After a bit of thinking and deliberating I justified it to myself that this card would last another 2 or 3 years (despite being 2 years old itself now anyway). I have to say, I am impressed.
Summary: The Radeon HD 7870 is a fantastic GPU for your budget gaming build. It's powerful, and the Asus addition is (apparently) 20% cooler. I personally have never noticed any heat issues so far. It performs well under the pressure of the most recent games, many displaying on high or near high end graphics. A must have if you're looking to save money on your build.