Need help with my 1st PC build. Please review my list.

Hello masters of all things techy, I'm building my first custom PC and I have about a 700-900 dollar budget (with a tad bit of leeway). I go to school at the Art Institutes and the computer I have now was only good enough for my first year in. Now that things are getting more serious, I will need a system that packs a decent punch. I'm going to be making and testing video games with this system. I also want to be able to play games like BF4, Crysis, and anything else that pushes graphics cards to the max. I would like to be able to run said games on the highest quality without losing out on fps. I would very much appreciate it if someone with good knowledge of this field would look over the parts list I have put together and let me know what they think about it/if they would change anything. Do you think I should "dumb down" some things? Please and thank you!

here is my build list thus far: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/30BCk
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  1. Too expensive mainboard,case and HHD and not enough money left for the GPU and that way you wont get to max settings in the games.
  2. Have a Microcenter near you? They are selling the 8320 for 100 bucks. Throw that extra cash into a better video card, like the GTX 760.
  3. I'm not sure if $50 is a 'tad-bit' or not lol This includes the 780, which is much, much better than the 660 without skimping out on other parts. If this is too much, you can do a 770 and add an SSD, too.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.79 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card ($489.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $954.70
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-27 14:55 EST-0500)
  4. Also a SSD like Samsung 840 EVO 120GB possible to add.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($328.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($57.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $850.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-27 15:00 EST-0500)
  5. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.29 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-HD3 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.49 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($56.48 @ SuperBiiz)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.96 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($342.27 @ TigerDirect)
    Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case Fan: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan ($3.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $899.43
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-27 15:20 EST-0500)
    what baout this build ?
  6. Thanks everyone for posting so promptly and lending me your advice. I have made my mind up and have completed my build list. Parts are already on the way. This is what I ended up going with. Would you approve?

    CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core (Purchased) $149.99
    Motherboard Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 ATX AM3+ (Purchased) $177.69
    Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 (Purchased) $89.99
    Storage Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" SSD (Purchased) $85.98
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM (Purchased) $70.00
    Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 770 2GB (Purchased) $355.00
    Case Thermaltake VN300M1W2N ATX Full Tower (Purchased) $164.93
    Power Supply Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V (Purchased) $103.00
    Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (Purchased) $27.29
    Total: $1223.87 (before rebates)
  7. Paid a little much for the case and RAM, but all good quality parts. I approve! lol Will go you pretty well :) Just be sure to get a CPU cooler before overclocking.
  8. I recognize that the case was a bit pricey and that I could have gotten one for a fraction of the price, but I wanted a full tower that looked awesome. I couldn't find that in a cheap tower anywhere.
  9. That's fine lol case is pretty much aesthetic, so whatever you like is up to you. Like I said, great components :)
  10. Cool beans. Thanks man :) I'll post a picture of the completed build when all the parts come in.
  11. Sweet, can't wait to see it!
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