I've decided to build myself a desktop, mainly for casual gaming (the newest games, but I don't care about high settings), and music notation for college. I'm interested in AMD builds, mainly because they are cheaper, and I don't need some overkill i7 build. Anything that you would change, I would gladly listen to. Keep in mind that it is $550-600 only. I am trying to sell my Asus U50 laptop to buy the parts, or trade it for some of the parts. I prefer only Newegg. Here is my build as of right now:
Alright, I'm game. This means I have to change my whole build... more work lol. But I really do want to keep the case at least, because this is a tremendous case for the price. Any good i5 + GPU combo that will help me out there? I don't want to buy the DIY kits, not good enough components
It's a HELLA powerful build for that price. An i3-2100 is better/more efficient than a 955, and I'm amazed he could find everything so cheap. If you wanted to spend a bit more you could change the HDD to a 1tb, but @ that price with an included DVD drive, you'd be all set. Also, you could spend more for whatever case you wanted.
To get an aspect of the power of that rig, I'm running an i3/6850 rig now, and have crysis 2 MAXED @ 1440x900.
Maru 11's suggestion of getting a 5770 will cripple your game performance. A 6870 is leagues better than that. If I hadn't already bought my build, I would have gone with that.