Ok can any1 suggest any part changes or a case for this build?
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Christmas BUDGET RANGE: 500ish After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (mainly MW2, Darkfall, oblivion, fallout 3, Assassin's Creed 2, Borderlands.. basically most new games) Blender/ 3d max/Zbrush ... Im fine with playing most games with medium-high settings....
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com basically any sites that have good prices... COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822145215
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Did you already buy the stuff listed? Because frankly, half of the parts you chose are all wrong.
DO NOT BUILD A DDR2 BUILD!!! This tech is on its last foot, and is not worth it. You can get a DDR3 build for the same price. Switch the mobo for an ASUS M4A79XTD EVO ($120 on Newegg). Pick up a set of G.Skill's Eco RAM (DDR3 1333 CAS Latency 7). This is $98 dollars for a 4 GB set.
Next the HDD. Switch it for a Samsung Spinpoint F3. The is the best drive available and is an extremely good value. It's the same price as the Hitachi, but loads faster and quieter.
A good substitute if you must have it now, is the Seagate 7200.12. It's the same as the Samsung, just the previous version (7200.11) had quite a bit of trouble. Can't speak for the current one though. I haven't really looked anywhere else, but you can check TigerDirect.com or ZipZoomFly.com.
I'm not sure about that PSU. Generally, the reason it's suggested to get a case and PSU separate is the PSU in those are usually crap. I'd recommend sticking to getting on separate.
Only suggestion I have is if you can spare an extra $30 is to pick up an HD 5750 instead of the 4770. The 5750 will have slightly better performance and be more future proof with its DirectX 11 support.
To make up the difference, check to see if there are any combos with Windows 7 (or in general). A few weeks ago, there were an incredible amount of combos for it (usually $20-25 off).
Another money saver requires you to be a college student. If you are (or know one), you can get Windows 7 for $30. Check it out here: http://www.win741.com/.
EDIT: All you really need is a valid university email address.