Few questions on my first build - Budget gaming PC

I've researched for the past couple months on how to build a gaming PC with a budget of around $700 (already broke that budget), and decided to go with an AMD build. I'll be using a 1600x900 display for now, but will probably get a 1080p before too long.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($206.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-684UB 802.11a/b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($35.50 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Challenger-U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer ($23.28 @ NCIX US)
Total: $784.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 22:09 EST-0500)

Is everything fully compatible?
Is Silverstone a good choice for a PSU, and should 500w be adequate?
Is there anything I should scale back / spend more on / change completely?
Could I use dual monitors with this setup? (don't really care if I can't)
Can it play Skyrim/BF3 on max settings?

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    Great build that will run bf3 on ultra settings and probably skyrim(never played it so can't say) . 500w is great for a single gpu but you should go with SeaSonic, Corsair or XFX (better reliability) . If you want to crossfire in the future though, you will need 750w. Other than that, all of those parts are great and compatible (don't personally know about the case quality though ) Great build!
  2. Awesome, thanks for the response! Is my CPU/GPU combo pretty much the best I can do with my budget, or could I improve it at all?

    You could get the 7870 for the exact same price ^^^

    Also, if you could spare an extra 40$, you could get the 8350 which gives you an an extra .5 GHz ^^^
  4. Silverstone Strider is a good, solid budget level PSU made by FSP. No reliability issues on that unit.

    But for price, you can do better. This xfx is at a good price
    XFX 550W PRO550W Core Edition $49.99
  5. Thanks Whammy and Jim. I have my case and power supply on order right now, and I'll collect the rest over the next few paychecks.
  6. Happy building :)
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