Thanks for the advice. I was actually looking at the Antec 300 originally but I liked the looks of the cooler master better (shallow...I know!). But taking a second look I think I will go with 300 (perfomance should outweigh esthetics...).
Your point on the PSU is well taken. I cut back basically to save some $$ but I think that I'll end up paying more if I have to replace the PSU when/if I decide to upgrade. I am hesitent on the OCZ you recommended because of the mixed reviews. What do you think of this one at the same price point:
newegg reviews dont mean too much once you know the parts you are working with, most of the reviewers on newegg are morons unfortunately. DOA parts happen to even the best company but for PSUs OCZ, PC Power and Cooling, seasonic, antec, and corsair are some of the most reliable high quality brands out there. Rosewill parts are just like walmart specials, they buy it cheap from some OEM and slap their label on it, the quality varies from model to model.
The one proximon suggest is a modular PSU and i would take that over the EA500 especially since your case selection has a top mounted PSU. The EA500 has 8 cables coming out of it and you only need 3 of them so thats alot of extra wires to deal with. Im quite happy with my EA500 but with the amount of cables i have sitting at the bottom of my case it would be hell with a top mounted PSU.
I do think the Delta-built EA500 is the better PSU. It's well tested whereas most of the OCZ line gets fewer reviews... just because there are so many I expect. PSU reviews are not like video card benchmarks though Sometimes it's hard to say.
A bit more expensive, but you're covered both power wise and still within budget. About $30 more, but has free shipping. Personally I prefer the single rail, but that's just me.
Good points to consider. So, I think the most likely upgrades in the near future would be a video card and/or a quad core CPU. With this in mind, the 450W PSU may be on the low side. The 650W is a bit more that I wanted to spend and maybe a bit more than I need.
However, there is a happy medium with this 550W PSU for ~$75:
So I finally built my first computer!! I fired it up last night and it actually worked (I was quite excited/relieved). When I turned on the main toggle I paniced when the CPU fan didn't fire up...then I realized I never pushed the power button (I felt like a big time newbee at that moment!!). Anyway, everything seems to be working fine but I wanted to send out a huge thank-you to Proximon, AMDThunder and hunter315 for all your help. You guys are the best!!
Here's my final build:
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard