Help Optimize My Build [$600-800]

Hi guys, this is my first post as well as my first build. As of right now, I am not looking for a gpu as I won't be doing too much gaming in the early stages of this PC. This PC will be used specifically for video editing gameplay that is going to be recorded from my consoles. Later on, I will pick up a gpu and game on the PC, which is what I intend to build it as.

Approximate Purchase Date: Nov. 30, 2011

Budget Range: I'm looking to spend anywhere around $600-800 before the rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Medium video editing and gaming will be the main usages.

Parts Not Required: Suggestion are helpful here but I have temporary peripherals for now.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter would be best since I have one 10 minutes away but Newegg and Amazon is fine too.

Country: United States, Georgia

Parts Preferences: Since I'm not too tech savy, not gonna say anything here. I'm all ears guys!

Overclocking: In the future, yes.

SLI or Crossfire: In the future, yes.

Monitor Resolution: I would like to do 1080p, so 1920x1080 is fine. 1600x900 is fine too.

Additional Comments: As I stated before, I'm going to be using this PC for just video editing in the early stages. I will pick up a Graphics Card later when prices drop or something better is released. HD drives are off the charts as well so I'll wait for those to drop too. I do have one question though, if I have a 160gb hdd that is for laptops, is there anyway that I could use it with the desktop as a temp?

Here is what I had in mind for right now:

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 - 129.99

ThermalTake V3 ATX Mid Tower - 37.99 (27.99 after rebate)

Some random CD-DVD Drive - 14.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home OEM 64bit - 109.99

OCZ Fatal1ty 750w - 94.99 (69.99 after rebates)

Intel i5 2500k - 179.99

Patriot Viper Xtreme Series 8gb DDR-1866 - 84.99 (49.99 after rebates)

Grand Total: $692.11

That is what I'm thinking about so far. I believe that all of these products are compatible. Let me know if I should be buying something else (like more bang for buck and so on) in place of something. Another thing is, since this is my first time building, are there additional tools, cables, etc that I need to buy to build a pc?
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  1. The Thermaltake V3 is flimsy and known to sometimes ill-fit the pci cards. It's bigger brother the Thermaltake MSI Commander is just perfect and sturdy-steel made.
    The 1866memory you wont need. should be fine
    Get the Asrock extreme3 gen3 better.

    Meh microcenter has expensive prices and not much of a variety.

    You also need a cpu cooler. I personally like the Corsair A70
  2. Oh MicroCenter is the bomb diggity! ;-) .!

    Anywhos, in this day an age, given the price of them as well at Micro, I would highly recommend an SSD. I didn't think much of it till I got one on my second build from Micro, and the benefits in speed are definitely noticeable: 64 GB, $109.99 upfront, $40 MIR.

    For two extra dollars, its worth going for the V4: Internal management slightly better, has lighting in the front too. I own this exact case.

    In regards to your 2.5" 160 GB laptop hard drive question, yes, you can use that. It just requires a mounting bracket. If you get the SSD, this mounting bracket will fit both the SSD and your 2.5" drive in one 3.5" slot: $3.49. If you don't get the SSD, well, you'll still need this.

    Its interesting how places have reacted to the hard drive shortages. Newegg and even MicroCenter prices have gone up. Oh well, if you can get by with your laptop hard drive, that be best. But keep in mind they project these shortages to last 2-3 sales quarters, aka end of Q1-end of Q2 of 2012.

    Monitors: Have it and love it: $149.99.

    Note: AVOID refurbished items from there. From employees there and personal experience, I've returned my share of refurbished items there. Aka, spend the extra $3 on a new CD/DVD-RW drive: $17.99. + its Dual Layer, never know, might want that feature.

    Memory: No point in buying that higher speed because the processor your getting won't take advantage of it. It caps at DDR3-1333: $44.99 upfront, $10 MIR.

    Considering your video editing and gaming, you may want a dedicated sound card. Something cheap will do: . $29.99 Some would disagree with me here, but I notice the sound difference. If sound has no barring to what your doing, ignore this add-on.
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