Total price, not counting Misc shipping is right at $685. I think it's a good config, but being new to this I don't know what I don't know. I'm especially interested in feedback regarding any additional cooling fans (CPU or Case), tools, screws, cables and so on that I may need to take into account.
Thanks for any and all feedback. This is a great forum.
It looks good to me, though I am definitely not an expert. I would like to point something out, though I'm sure you've already considered it.
Because you're an artist and said that you do a lot of Photoshop type editing, the Intel i5-2500 would be able to give you much better performance, actually, the i5-2500k which is almost identical to the i5-2500 except for the overclocking capability is almost twice as fast as the Phenom II x4 965 BE in the following benchmark (NOTE: It is only one benchmark though. Someone smarter may be able to back it up or shoot it down.):
Again, I'm not sure how much editing you do, but a significant performance increase could eventually save you hours of work. The issue, which is what I'm sure you have noticed is the price difference between the processor, and the motherboard. The Phenom is $164.99 at Newegg right now and the i5-2500 is $209.99.
It's a $45 difference. Bringing the cost of the system up to $725, but you'd also need a different motherboard which will probably bring the cost up at least $25. So for about $65 more, you could get almost twice the Photoshop performance, and potentially increased game performance.
Just and idea. Could save you tons of time over the life of the system for just around $65.
EDIT: Just wanted to say that I find it kind of annoying when I read new build threads and the suggestions bring the build over the persons budget. In this case though, the performance increase between the two processors is significant and may not have been something you considered for only around $65 more.
Thanks for pointing out the benchmark on the i5-2500K. It included a specific test with Photoshop and, as you said, the performance difference was significant. As someone who spends a lot of time waiting for pictures to render, transform and / or save, it's definitely something I'll give some thought to.