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 TigerDirect.ca, Newegg.ca, or NCIX.com (Canadian version).
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.
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPa... <----- Z77 boards already for sale in Australia. In the past few years the Aussies have been getting the goodies a month ahead of the US and Canada including Sandy Bridge and the 1155 boards. The Aussies have already pulled some of the 1155 Cougar Point boards (H61/H67/P67/Z68) from their site. In fact a lot of those boards are no longer for sale on that site compared to last month.