Help with First Budget Gaming PC

Hello! I've finally decided to go ahead and build my own system, but unfortunately I don't exactly have infinite funds. I tried to keep my system under $1000 but the price has slowly risen to $1310 (with keyboard, mouse and operating system). Below is the system I plan on building. I would love help shaving as much money as possible off the system while still being able to run SC2 and Empire: Total War at maximum settings, as well as Crysis 2 as well as possible. This will be the first system I've built so I would love some tips as well as information on what else I will need and whether or not my parts will sync together. I Know that I'll need a screwdriver and an anti-static wrist band or mat and some adhesive but beyond that I have little idea. I'd also like to be able to get the system down to under 1200, including a monitor. Thanks again for your help everyone. P.S. I live in Canada and therefore need to use Canadian sites only (Newegg.ca, etc).

Budget Gaming PC:


CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX
= $195
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894&Tpk=AMD%20Phenom%20II%20X4%20970%20Black%20Edition%20Deneb%203.5GHz%204
GPU:

SAPPHIRE 100314SR Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
HDMI 1.4a cable included

= $225

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102909&Tpk=SAPPHIRE%20100314SR%20Radeon%20HD%206870%201GB%20256-bit%20GDDR5

RAM:

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
X 2 = 8G’s of ram
= $123


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=G.SKILL_Ripjaws_Series_4GB_%282_x_2GB%29_240-Pin_DDR3-_-20-231-303-_-Product


Hard Drive:

OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
= $135

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=OCZ+Agility+2+&x=0&y=0

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
= $75

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=SAMSUNG_Spinpoint_F3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

Case:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
= $110

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

Power Supply:
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
= $80
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371015
Motherboard:

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
= $130

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131366

Keyboard:

Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
= $60

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109191&Tpk=Microsoft%20SIDEWINDER%20X4%20Keyboard

Mouse:

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
= $53

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104178&Tpk=Logitech%20MX%20518%208%20Buttons%201%20x%20Wheel%20USB%20Wired%20Opti


OS:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

= $100

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&Tpk=Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for

Optical Drive:
ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
= $24

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204&Tpk=ASUS%20Black%2024X%20DVD%2bR%208X%20DVD%2bRW%2012X%20DVD%2bR%20DL%2024X%20DV

Total Price: $1310
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