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October 2, 2013 2:26:59 PM

Hello everybody!
Firstly, I want to apologize for what is going to probably be a very common question on any PC forum, but the electronic world moves so quickly and finding answers to my specific questions can be somewhat hard. So anyways, Fall is here and I was thinking of building a budget gaming PC for the winter. I considered waiting for the new PS4, but I'd have to upgrade my T.V too seeing as it's an old 1996 Sony (doubles as a space heater and is only 4 years younger than me). So I figured maybe I'll just build a PC instead. I like the fact that I can always upgrade hardware and PC's generally seem more flexible with games (might be wrong). My budget was going to be around $800 and I would upgrade parts whenever I needed more power. Well, that didn't work out. Currently my shopping list is over $2000 CAD after taxes and shipping ($1700 before taxes and S&H) I figured I'd just spend the extra $20-$150 on certain parts and then I wouldn't have to upgrade as soon. That inflated the price to what it is. Also I should mention, this is for a complete PC; screen, keyboard, mouse etc. So finally to my question. Does this setup look okay? I've read plenty of reviews on all the parts and to me it seems like a pretty good set up, but I'm just getting into the whole PC building thing and my knowledge is pretty weak when it comes to this stuff. I believe everything should work well, but I may be missing some things like compatibility and missing hardware. So here's my current shopping cart (Prices in Canadian dollars and from Newegg)

Case: Rosewill Challenger ATX mid tower - $50
Harddrive: Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200rpm -$65
Graphics card :MSI Gaming N760 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 760 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card -$280
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard- $160
Ram: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B X2- $170
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K- $340
CPU Cooler: CORSAIR Hydro series H50 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler -$60
Operating system: Windows 8- $100 (going to try to get Windows 7 instead if possible)
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-7 2.5" 240GB SATA III 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) -$160 (for operating system and games)
Disc Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM- $20
Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 TR-700 700W ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply- $70

Other
Screen: ASUS VS Series VS247H-P Black 23.6" 2ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor - $170
Keyboard: LITE-ON SK-1788/BS Black and Gray PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard $10
Mouse: ZALMAN ZM-M300 Black 7 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Mouse $17
Microsoft 52A-00004 XBox 360 Common Controller Winxp USB Port $36
2 120mm fans for side vents $15
2 Sata cables...cheap, might as well have a few handy.

Now let me explain what I'd like to use this computer for. I want to play games (duh), but I'd also like to record (with Fraps or whatever) and also edit and make videos. That is why I added the extra 8 gigs or ram and got the i7 3770K instead of the i5 3570K like I originally planned. Maybe it's overkill, that is why I'm asking you guys. I cheaped out on the mouse and keyboard which is fine for me. I also might not get the SSD, I just don't want to have to do any operating system migration later on if I get one.
So once again, I apologize for the repetitive question and sorry for the long post. Any opinions or input would be greatly appreciated.

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a c 649 4 Gaming
October 2, 2013 5:55:46 PM

Looks like a good rig, think it will work well for you ;) 
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October 3, 2013 9:19:06 AM

Great! Thanks for the help
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a c 649 4 Gaming
October 3, 2013 11:34:59 AM

No problem, can prob close the thread
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