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$3000 CAD Budget Gaming Rig

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April 3, 2012 9:44:25 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before May

Budget Range: $3000 CAD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (MMOs, occassional LoL/SC/Battlefield, and I want super ultra amazing super de dooper graphics for Diablo 3), business tasks (general office), music/videos.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse not required. Speakers can be optional - can include in budget but don't need to.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I do need to order in Canada, so,, or (Canadian version).

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel and nVidia, slight bias to Samsung/LG/EVGA but am not requiring anything but Intel/nVidia.

Overclocking: I don't do any extra OC after I have it bought/built. Looking for stable, preferrably long-lasting hardware.

SLI or Crossfire: Will consider, as long as it enhances overall performance and doesn't open me up to reduced reliability.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 at the moment.

Additional Comments: I have a dual monitor setup, with no interest in getting more monitors. I will however upgrade my current 23" monitors if it can be put into the budget without sacrificing other components.

I've sort of been living under a rock for two years now since graduating university and moving into the real world. I don't know best in class components anymore, and the last time I bought a high end card was when I bought my 9800GTX+ several years ago. I'm looking to get some solid build advice from all of you. If I can build a kickass system for less than my budget, I'm all ears.

I appreciate all the advice! :) 
April 4, 2012 6:51:01 AM

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