Hey guys i came up with this build today, and was wondering if there were any better options or adjustments that I could make. I'm a complete noob so some of these may not be compatible. Basically looking for the best for how much I'm paying!
I'd also recommend a beefier video card for modern games. A 560ti is basically twice as good as a 550, but I'd consider the 660 ti a much better value, as you should get a copy of borderlands 2 with it.
That would end up bringing the price up to 800 instead of 550 though.
I echo tiny on the video card but I am very much concerned about the PSU (Power Supply Unit). Over the years that I have been in this business that I have learned is that you always want to get a quality PSU. PSU are one of the most common items to go bad and they can be hard to troubleshoot and can even damage other components when they go bad. So I would advise that you spend a little more money and pick up a PSU like this XFX Core Edition Pro550w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You will not get close to high end gaming, at decent resolution, using i5, with a budget of $600. The performance of i3, in most games, is not far behind i5, if at all. That will free up SOME funds to get a slightly better GPU, than that weak GTX550Ti, and a proper power supply, that may last longer than 5 mins.
Something will actually give you decent gaming performance, even at 1080p resolution, many times better than with GTX550Ti. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
The drawback with UTube is anyone can virtually post any rubbish. If a couple of years ago, someone coupled i5-2500K, Biostar H61, GTX550ti, and 600w Thermaltake PSU, they would have been thought "strange". Today.... If you have a low monitor resolution, you don't necessarily need the power of HD7870. As tiny voices said, something like HD7770 would be adequate, for reasonable settings, in almost any game, but definitely better than 550Ti. Here's the benches, for HD7870.<a http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/548?vs=541 /a>