Ok so I have some tirerack.com research to do.
Looks like I'm going to stay away from Continental again (why not mix it up anyways, right?), I'm diggin' the Bridgestone's as well as the Toyo's posted above.
My roomate says he's able to get me a hook up with Goodyear tires (buy at cost), so if that's possible, I might just fend for some Goodyear Eagle GT's or something of the like.
Any reason why I should not get the same tire size I have now? I'd be looking at 225/45/17 on my stock wheels. Appreciate the suggestions everyone!