I'm Canadian too (as you can probably tell by my name) and I think I know exactly what you should get. Another thread mentioned the Lenovo Y560 for $750 direct from Lenovo and that has a Radeon HD 5730 in it along with an i5. Just go to the Lenovo site, select the Y560 for $999, go through the customization crap and when you get to the shopping cart, it will ask for an eCoupon Code. Use this code: CAPREDFLAGDEALBOXINGDAY
There's no better machine in your budget than that.