Need Advice, $1500 Gaming PC

Looking to build a gaming pc for the first time and would like some help to get the best bang for buck for my allowance which is in Canadian.

Approximate date of purchase: within 1 - 2 weeks

Budget range: Right now, leaning around $1500 Canadian, can go upwards to $2000 max.

System Usage: Gaming, some home photo and video editing, main storage area for movies, pictures, and music, surfing internet.

Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, speakers and monitor

Preferred website for parts: or

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preference: Intel Quad Core CPU unlocked for most overclock, not particular about which gpu brand but have stuck around nvidia, for drive looking to buy a blu-ray burner for backups of my blu-rays.

Overclocking: Yes

SLI: Yes(*)

Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments: I will be using this mainly for gaming so want as much performance for that as possible. In terms of SLI, I will SLI if I can get better bang for buck with 2 or 3 graphics cards rather than buying the most expensive single card. I will be working with home videos at 1080p and photos with my Nikon D3100 at RAW.

Thank you very much.
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  1. Wouldn't be a better choice for you since you live in Canada?

    I just built my new intel sandy bridge like 3 days ago and im very pleased with it.
    Here are my specs and price.

    Lian-li 7FWB $119.99 LI PC-7FWB (black) mid tower no power supply 5x5.2
    i5 2500k $179.99
    MSI P67A GD65 $179.99
    corsair veng 4gig $54.99
    corsair 850hx $149.99
    samsung f3 1tb $59.99
    Prolimatech Armageddon $49.99
    LG 24 inch 1920x1080 $179.99

    the rest of my components i already had so didn't need to buy a keyboard and mouse and speakers. My friend also gave me his GTX 295 gpu for free since he bought a GTX 580. Hope this gives you an idea of how much i spent. Also i can max out every game so far on High settings with no problem. I think the new i5 sandybridge is helping out alot. Also i did add a 2year warranty on my CPU, Motherboard and Hardrive for an extra $40. So the total that i spent on my new pc was about $1020 before taxes. So if i added a new graphics card this would of been an easy $1500 system.

    Also my case is showing $139.99 on there website but i actually bought it like a month or so ago so price went up on it. Same with the Corsair 850hx power supply now it's showing $179.99 when i bought it 3 days ago it was $149.99 with a $15 rebate. :)
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    This build includes dual factory over clocked gtx 560's in SLI, after market cpu h/s, 8 gigs of low voltage RAM, Windows 7, etc.. $89.99
    Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-922M-KKN1-GP) $119.99
    PC Power & Cooling (PPCMK2S750) Silencer MK II 750W Power Supply $159.98 CAD After Mail In Rebate: $139.98 CAD
    MSI P67A-GD55 (B3) P67 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E 2PCI SLI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3 Motherboard Combo Discount: -$8.00 Combo Price: $259.98 (Before $20.00 USD Mail-In Rebate)
    CORSAIR CAFA70 120mm Dual-Fan CPU Cooler
    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $329.48
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $247.49
    GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $59.99
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $109.99
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    Total: $1,376.89 CAD *not including shipping, rebates, etc..
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