PC for Student/Gamer ($700 Limit)

Hello all. I'm new to the forums (aside from being sent here by Google when troubleshooting) so I apologize if I don't list everything. I'm just trying to get the best I can for $700. Here it goes... I've recently started college and am planning on building my first PC for school and, of course, gaming. I plan on playing FPS like Battlefield 3 (however, graphics aren't that important to me, just a smooth framerate), MMOs like Star Wars: The Old Republic (again, graphics aren't my main concern, just smooth gameplay), and somewhat-intense work in Adobe CS5 Suite (I'm majoring as a Web Developer and also have a strong interest in media such as photography and video editing).

I'm on a budget ($700 limit, may or may not change) and I don't have any plans in the future to overclock anything (not going to lie, I'd be a little nervous lol). I'd prefer that I won't need to upgrade anything anytime soon (at least two-three years). I've taken a general PC building course in the past so I'm somewhat-familiar with the internals of a PC but I know I'll have questions as soon as I start building as I don't want to mess anything up.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a month or two

Budget Range: $600-$800, after rebates and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Adobe CS5 Suite, Programming, Web Browsing

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: New Egg. Any other sites are welcome.

Location: Missouri, U.S.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe (Not sure what they are :( )

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

So far I've collected these components:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1460-KR GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Case: NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Yes, I understand I still need to pick out a HDD, PSU, etc. As of right now I'm just trying to get a rough idea on the "value" of the components I've selected so far.
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  1. There's a Microcenter in Missouri near St. Louis. The parts there are dirt cheap. The 965 with that exact mobo is $180. However, I'd suggest the ASUS M5A97. The 7850 1GB is $190 next week(official price drop) and the 2GB version is $210. The 7850 performs similarly to the 570, and when overclocked, the 580.

    This case is really good, and I recommend it:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133199 (red)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133190 (black)
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