I have fat strat pickup set in an Aria Nextar. Good tone, but noisy. Have been shopping the net some, and have a tight budget. Ideally should be able to find an HSS set that has full (maybe a bit bright) tone and low noise. Many p/u sets are really overpriced, and many have LOVE/HATE opinions, .. I'm a bit confused.

I'm really not that picky...this is only the 3rd or 4th guitar I've needed to change in 30 years.

So I'm seeing Wilkinson, SOME Mighty-Mite, some I can't remember, many I think are overpriced. The only hands-down recommend I've seen is for Fender Vintage Noiseless, and I'm not sure that's available HSS.

Brothers that have played a lot of guitars like me, please chime in.
Look here: http://store.guitarfetish.com/index.html

They have lots of different pickups. And very good prices.
I got a set of these: http://store.guitarfetish.com/alfatpafbohu3.html and like them.

One of the nice things about this company is that If you don't like the sound, you can always buy a different set and still have spent less than if you bought say, a set of SD pickups.