Photoshop/gaming PC build. Will this spec work well?

Hey guys, im trying to put a spec together for a friend and just need some advice on the parts etc. the budget is £700 max. The PC will be used primarily for heavy photoshop work but also for a decent amount of gaming at highish settings. Looking for a spec that will be able to handle this smoothly and do so for years to come as she rarely ever upgrades.

Heres what I've chosen so far:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium £71.49
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Vengeance Memory Module CL10 £61.92
Samsung 120GB SSD 840 EVO - SSD only £84.00
OCZ Fatal1ty Series 550W Modular PSU £54.78
MSI HD 7850 2GB GDDR5 DVI HDMI Mini DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card £127.49
Cooler Master K-series K380 - Usb3.0 Atx Case Side Window £38.98
LiteOn iHAS124 24X Internal DVD Writer with SATA - OEM £13.34
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 3.5" SATA-III Hard Drive - 7200RPM 64MB Cache £49.98
Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 AMD Socket AM3+ 8 Channel HD Audio mATX Motherboard £52.98
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz Socket AM3+ 16MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor £116.86

total inc vat: £671.82

My main concerns are the GPU, CPU and MOBO(i chose mobo randomly). I'm not very familiar with AMD but i have heard that the CPU is not nearly as good as the intel counterparts when it comes to gaming, is this true and if so is it significant? I chose it because it worked with the budget. Basically will all these parts work well together and will I get a good system out of this that can do all that is mentioned?

Would really appreciate any help or advice!
Many thanks!
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  1. The FX-8320 is not as good as a Core i5 for gaming. But it's still good enough for current games, and future games are likely to be better threaded and thus the performance gap between the 8320 and a Core i5 will be smaller. For a pure gaming build I would recommend a Core i5, but for professional use an FX CPU makes sense.

    The motherboard, though, is not so good. It's got an old and outdated chipset and poor VRMs.

    The power supply is so-so quality. You might be able to find something a little more reliable at that price point.
  2. The FX processor wont be the limiting factor in gaming .

    A motherboard with a 970 chipset is a better option . They have full compatibility with FX processors .

    Use a dual channel RAM kit . 2 x4 gig rated for 1.5 volts or less , and with LOWER timings. No higher than 9-9-9-24
  3. Hey thanks for replying! Ive made some changes based on what you guys are saying and have come up with the following revisions:
    MOBO: MSI 970A-G46 AMD 970 Socket AM3+ £124.54
    PSU: 550W Cooler Master GX550 85% Eff', 80 PLUS Bronze, SLI/CrossFire 120mm Quiet PWM Fan EPS 12V ATX v2.31, £55.86
    RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Low Profile Cerulean Blue, PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V £66.96

    Will these new parts suffice? Also will the GPU ive choosen be good enough with this set up and in general? The sort of games i guess we're talking about is mass effect 3, WoW, adventure type games etc.

    Just to put things in perspective, my friends usage is similar to mine since i also do alot of photoshop work and gaming and my current PC, (i5 2500k CPU, MSI 560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II GPU, 8gb RAM, MSI 7681 MOBO), does everything i need pretty well at 2560x1600. Will this new spec be alot better than mine? Im hoping so :)
  4. That power supply is actually even worse. You can get an XFX Core Edition 550W instead, it's actually a little cheaper and significantly better quality (Seasonic-made). This is what I'd recommend for PSU, Mobo and RAM:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£71.96 @
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory (£54.20 @ Amazon UK)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.91 @ CCL Computers)
    Total: £176.07
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-13 22:22 BST+0100)

    Possibly get this G.Skill memory kit instead if that Amazon delivery time is for real. Or the one you picked, it's just a few quid more expensive.

    The 7850 should be okay for those games, but if you can stretch to a 7950 (or GTX 760) that'll handle most any game you could throw at it.
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