Additional Comments: I'm keen on a quad core CPU and as far as the chassis is concerned, the 'bling' factor has no value whatsoever to me. Dust filters are required ob the chassis - looking the Antec 300
I would HIGHLY advise you bump up your RAM to DDR3 man... you'd be foolish not to, DDR2 is oooold
I'd say get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB but you already have a WD so not a biggie
Just find yourself a decent enough PSU, Id say 600W or more (Corsair is a real good brand), any CD/DVD burner, I suggest the NZXT Lexa S for a case and a MOBO that'll match your RAM, I again, highly suggest upgrading to DDR3
I'm quite happy with the final cost of the build and see no need to max out my budget. Just a question though, my student res is heavily carpeted and do I need to worry about static electricity? Any precautions I should take - even if it's just for my peace of mind?
I'd say get a hyper 212+ for $3 more. Get a corsair, antec, or seasonic PSU as cooler master's are hit and miss. Get and ea650 or 650tx. ea650 is only $60AR. Get a thermal paste that is not electrically conductive, so off of the site you are using that would be either the mx-3 or mx-4. I always use an anti static wristband just so I have peace of mind and they're only a couple of bucks.