Dec 24, 2012
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($118.24 @ DirectCanada)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.79 @ DirectCanada)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($138.64 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($189.99 @ NCIX)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair Professional 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.25 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $936.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-24 22:44 EST-0500)

The computer will be for gaming, programming, and everyday/school use. This will be my first time building and I don't know much (or anything) about hardware so I'm hoping you can give me some advice.

I'm also thinking about adding in a $30 cooler, like this one. My budget is $900; the reason I'm allowing this to be over my budget is because I hope to get some deals out of boxing day.

Thanks in advance.