First Computer Purchase

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week or two

Budget Range: $1000-1200 before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Maybe

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Location: Pickering, Ontario Canada

Parts Preferences: Not sure

Overclocking: Not sure

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure

Your Monitor Resolution: My current monitor is 1600x900. I am thinking about getting a 1920x1080 and using my old one to dual.

Additional Comments: I play lots of MMOs, currently playing Guild Wars 2.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My current computer is about 4 years old. For most games it runs at minimal setting and less than optimal fps.

As you can tell I am incredibly inexperienced, but I am willing to learn. If you could give me pointers and general info it would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.89 @ DirectCanada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($294.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($63.21 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Memory Express)
    Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($147.27 @ DirectCanada)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($96.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Total: $1109.30
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-25 09:29 EST-0500)
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