With my own $1000-1100 budget and gifts/funds from family, I was able to finally have my own gaming computer (adios Xbox 360!). I spent many days researching on the computer components for quality parts since I am not an expert on computer hardware. I received the hardware and monitor on Dec 20th from Newegg & Amazon; received the keyboard on the 28th as a gift, and purchased the Avior 7000 on Newegg after a long time deciding on a gaming mouse (need MORE options for Lefties!). The Rocketfish RF-GMSEPD was purchased today for $8 at Best Buy.
The keyboard is quite different from any other keyboards I have used in the past. The buttons are harder for me to press and I often miss keystrokes at the moment. The light purple backlight also looks out of sync with the Red backlights of the mouse and Thor v2 so I have the keyboard backlight disabled. If any component were to be replaced it would be the keyboard, though I will give it some time for testing before I make a decision. It was a gift and I have to give a fair chance to adjust to its settings.
Now all I have to do is decide which games to play on my new rig! I have several hundred dollars for games & upgrades for my system. :)
(Prices for Components except Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor come from Amazon and Newegg in early December 2013).
Added Pics of the hardware inside the case. :)