$1200 Gaming build need advice

Hey all so i am new at building pcs so go easy on me:) Anyway i am looking to build a gaming rig for around 1200 canadian dollars.

Approximate Purchase Date: Hopefully this month unless I change my mind to wait for new hardware maybe?


Budget Range: $1200 CAD


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, movies and general use such as browsing websites and Microsoft office suite.


Parts Not Required:Keyboard, mouse and speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: directcanada.com, newegg.ca, ncix.com. If you all have any other well known canadian sites with good deals please tell me also I prefer to order all the parts from one site.


Country of Origin: Canada, Ontario Toronto

Parts Preferences: I prefer Intel and Nvidia rest doesn't really matter as long as it lasts and gets the job done


Overclocking: I guess I will overclock if it is easy enough for me:S


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: At the moment I am using a 1280x1024 I plan on upgrading to 1920x1080 (the 1200 isn't part of the monitor budget)


Additional Comments: hmm that is all for now I guess.
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  1. Is your budget $1,200 CAD or $600 - $800 CAD ?

    The title of the thread reads: " $1200 Gaming build need advice" yet on your budget you have $600 -$800....maybe I'm missing something...
  2. Why_Me said:
    Is your budget $1,200 CAD or $600 - $800 CAD ?

    The title of the thread reads: " $1200 Gaming build need advice" yet on your budget you have $600 -$800....maybe I'm missing something...


    I apologize for this I was using the template and forgot to edit it out. It is 1200 cad
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  4. Why_Me said:
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    Thanks for the quick reply I changed the power supply to this
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    Also it seems the motherboard is in high demand because I keep getting this message
    ASRock P67 Extreme4 has been removed from shopping cart due to quantity limitation/insufficient stock. Some combo items might be affected by this.
    Any other options for a motherboard? Also how long does the $30 instant saving for the cpu cooler/heatsink last?
  5. hellzscream said:
    Thanks for the quick reply I changed the power supply to this
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    Also it seems the motherboard is in high demand because I keep getting this message
    ASRock P67 Extreme4 has been removed from shopping cart due to quantity limitation/insufficient stock. Some combo items might be affected by this.
    Any other options for a motherboard? Also how long does the $30 instant saving for the cpu cooler/heatsink last?


    I'm not sure how long certain combo's last. Some are there for only a few weeks, others for literally a year or more.

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  6. Why_Me said:
    I'm not sure how long certain combo's last. Some are there for only a few weeks, others for literally a year or more.

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.589747 Combo Price: $504.98 (Before $20.00 USD Mail-In Rebate)
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    Anoter question. Is it true that the new sandy bridge cpus have drm?
  7. hellzscream said:
    Anoter question. Is it true that the new sandy bridge cpus have drm?

    http://www.examiner.com/technology-in-national/intel-bridge-cpus
  8. Why_Me said:


    Does this only apply to intel insider online streaming feature?
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