First Time Computer Build - Have Parts List

Hi, I'm planning on making my first computer. It will mostly be used for gaming and art-related programs such as Photoshop. I have made a parts list on and was wondering if you guys could look it over to give some advice as you are more knowledgeable on the subject than I am. The max price I can pay is around $850

Here's the parts list:
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  1. Are you planning to upgrade in the future? If you are, the AMD route is not recommended. AMD chips are cheaper but they have less performance than their Intel equivalents. Do you really need 8 cores? I struggled to use all 4 at once on my Core i7 920, and that was 4 years ago.

    Your biggest speed bottleneck is going to be not having an SSD. Doesn't matter if its the cheapest SSD you can find, all of them are at least 3 times the performance of standard magnetic hard drives, and a good one will be at least 5 times.

    Also, you might want to think about uprating your PSU to 700w if you plan to keep the same one for a number of years. As power supplies get old, the capacitors wear out and they deliver less overall power - a rough rule of thumb can be found using this :

    If it was me, I'd do away with the AMD, get a cheap Intel CPU for now, and keep the decent graphics card, upgrading the CPU to a decent core i5 later. Gaming is usually graphics intensive (unless its a CPU intensive title like Skyrim) and the board you've selected will do you well.
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    that power supply sucks, do not buy it. the 7870ghz you have there is overpriced, and also you likely dont need the extra features of that motherboard. think about adding a $30 cooler master hyper 212 evo to help cool and allow a modest overclock on the 8320.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($149.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($58.88 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($20.44 @ Amazon)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $824.23
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-01 15:03 EST-0500)
  3. Also you really need to think about an after-market CPU heatsink regardless of your choice. 125w is a lot of heat to dissipate using the stock coolers they provide.
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