AMD 500-700 build - Any Flaws?

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within 48 Hours.

Budget Range: $500-700 Before / After Shipping. Could push to $850 if performance would justify.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming - Skyrim + MMORPGs

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, CPU ,GPU, RAM, OS,

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Kansas, Ft Riley. Microcenter ~$60 fuel cost and 5hr drive time round trip.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Most bang for the dollar.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

I am looking to build a cost efficient gaming system that will last approx 3 years. I would prefer a single GPU solution and it will drive a single monitor at a max resolution of 1680 x 1050. I have sought advice on another forum (they were very helpful) and I have come up with a build I would like some people to check for flaws.

MSI 970A-G46 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS MB $79

SAPPHIRE 100354XTL Radeon HD 7870 XT w/Boost 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 CrossFireX GPU $259

Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) DesktopModBLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 RAM $39

MD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX CPU $199

Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM OS $99

PWR Supply - OCZ GameXStreme OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI
HDD - Western Digital WD Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s" Internal Hard Drive
Monitor - Asus VW222

No overclocking and I would like to reuse my PWR Supply, HDD, and monitor which I linked above. Only concenrs I have are that the power supply is ~5 YEARS old but have never given me any trouble. Also a dumb question, If I have windows vista on the HDD with the new OS update it or do I need to wipe the HDD clean?

Anyways, How doe the build look? Any suggestions?

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  1. The MSI motherboard is an update of the 970A-G45 which had overheating issues in the voltage regulating modules . A few caught fire
    The G46 supposedly addressed these issues with larger heat sinks and circuitry to protect from overheating , but if you read the Newegg user reviews some have also experienced problems of that type

    IMO use an ASUS , Gigabyte or Asrock mb
  2. Thank you for the advice. I am now researching the 990 series boards. They are more costly but seems to be compatible with the FX-8350. If I change MB's it opens up OC'ing, which I did not want to temp myself with.

  3. For a single GPU I think the ASUS M5A97 evo is the best possible motherboard
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