Alright, I'm new to building, and I need to know if this is a good build, and what I can do to improve it. Also, once I have a desktop, do you think I need a laptop? Just wondering whether or not I should sell my laptop.
First off, its helpful to know what purpose you'll be using the machine for. Hard to tell if this would be good for you or not.
Also, what about upgrade path? AMD is already selling their AM3+ platform motherboards now, should be selling new desktop CPU's in the next two months. Basically, AM3 is a dead end, no future products will be coming out for that. So I would recommend an AM3+ board:
I wanted to do some light gaming, not like any serious online gaming, but I'm used to gaming on a 15.6 laptop, so 19 is a good starter size. What case would you recommend for around the same price. I know this sounds vain, but I want something that is kind of flashy. Thanks for telling about the motherboard, but I have another question. If my GPU has a HDMI input, does my motherboard need one too, or will that one suffice.
The monitor isn't such a big deal, because if I want bigger screen, i will just hook it up to my 26inch Vizio.
My purpose is to use the laptop for light gaming, and I am a musician, so I need access to Finale and Sibelius 5.