I've been using an awful laptop and its on its last leg. I've decided to build my own tower after hearing good stories from friends and their success. I don't need anything fancy just something that can play recent games. As of now i cannot run half of the games in my steam library I've never built a computer before so i need all the advice you have.
Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of September
Budget Range: 700 (could go a little more)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Music Production, internet
Consider an Intel build as suppose to an AMD build. While the one bctande1 suggested is good, it is generally known/recognized/accepted that Intel CPU's are much faster than AMD's these days, specifically in gaming. Even an i3 can beat most AMD's, despite core count or clock speed.