Need guidance on my first budget build

I've already done some research and have my parts picked out, but I decided to ask for help just to make sure I'm not screwing myself over. This is my first build, so I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to this sort of thing.

Approximate Purchase Date: In 1-2 weeks, ideally.

Budget Range: 600-700$ after shipping. I need to buy an OS, so I have included that in the cost.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: video games, image editing, video editing, internet, movies/music

Are you buying a monitor: I don't WANT to. I have this old monitor. Would I be able to use this? I don't think it's THAT outdated, but you never know.

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: PC Part Picker, Newegg

Location: Philadelphia PA

Parts Preferences: The ones that work.

Overclocking: Probably not

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: The one I have is 1680x1050.

Additional Comments: These are the parts I've picked out so far. I'll post the main parts here for convenience's sake.
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 960T Black 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
GPU: MSI Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB Video Card
PSU: Antec 550W ATX12V Power Supply

My main concerns now are as to whether or not these parts are compatible with each other, whether or not I need to buy an additional cooling unit, and how much bang for my buck I'm getting. If I can save money by buying a similar part that is either slightly worse/slightly better than what I have selected, it would be appreciated. I don't play very 'heavy' games, I mostly play WoW, emulate consoles (although not very well, lol), and play other weaboo games. I don't need to play Skyrim and BF3 on ultra, so long as I can play most modern games on low-mid settings with decent FPS I will be happy.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My laptop is an old crappy McWeaksauce.
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  1. here you go

    you can get the os from softwaresupplygroup for 69.99 i think. they are reliable according to some people on this forum and they also have BBB accredited

    im pretty sure you can price match most of the stuff at they have free shipping on orders over 50 bucks
  2. Check out my $650 build here:
    Total: $701

    You get a much better GPU, WAY better CPU, and still get windows.

    965 vs i5 2400 (keep in mind the i5 3450 is better than the i5 2400 by about 8%)

    6870 vs 7770
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.10 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.49 @ SuperBiiz)
    Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $704.50
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-02 20:05 EDT-0400)

    I got you a 7850 =)
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