Anyways, I am building my first computer and I am asking for everyone's help so I make correct choices and not end up burned! Budget is not an issue, but I'm not looking for outrageous but rather the best bang for the buck. I have a few ideas, but I don't have the confidence nor the experience to purchase these things w/o some help.
CPU and cooler are good
That Mobo is great, the combo sucks.
Your PSU thoughts are correct. Watts and Amps matter on a custom build. The best? I think PP&C are great, the 750W silencer. I also reqad about the EnerMax Infinity, which is fairly new with many new things that were interesting, like system cooldown, lets the fans run after you shutdown
Memory If you like that brand, that is what you want
I might go with 2 smaller drives in RAID 0 and then 1 big drive for data and backup. You need to backup a RAID setup often, as what they give in speed, you lose in data integrety.
Not sure on those cases, it is more what looks good to you. All full towers will fit an ATX MB.
Excellent choice on the Samsung.
The price on the combo is almost $100 higher then the two pieces MB/800 RAM would be. Not that much added by getting the faster RAM.
PSU, what can I say?
I would drop RAID and get two drives. Small one for the OS and a big one for Data.
Does the 2ms make a noticeable difference? It seems that the lower the response time is, the higher the price goes (obviously). But, would 2ms be a huge difference than lets say, 5ms on a 22" widescreen LCD?