These are all the components i would like opinions on. I prefer intel and nvidia as that's what i've used and never had a single problem. my total build cost is at the $1000 mark which is where I'd like it to stay, but if you have any ideas of better components that won't jack the price up much or may save me money let me know.
If you want less clutter in your case in exchange for a little more cash, you can get a MODULAR PSU which allows you to choose which cables you plug in, that way you aren't forced to have all the cables that come with the PSU
For an HDD, DEFINITELY get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, I wouldn't recommend anything else, this has less heat, an extreme bang for the buck deal, 7200 RPM so no worrying bout bottlenecks and it's just a great drive
If you are planning on overclocking your CPU, the best bang for the buck cooler would be the CM Hyper 212+. It's a direct contact cooler which means it sits right on your CPU for ultimate cooling performance
Reaper is right about the power supply. Here is a slightly lower cost PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W for $66 after promo code. The Corsair 650 TX recommended by Reaper above is also a good choice.
Since a case is somthing that will last from build to build, consider getting something decent. Here is a Lian Li that is on sale today for $79. You would have to live with blue or replace with a green fan, but this is a fantastic, highly discounted case with 5 eggs.
Another alternative, if you have your heart set on green, is this COOLER MASTER Elite for $65. Not nearly as nice, but CM makes a good case.
i was really hoping i wouldn't have to get a psu and case separate since it adds over $80 to the build, but no one likes the psu in the raidmax. as far as the case, color isn't important, more the number of fans. the smilodon had 2 80mm and 2 120mm, so airflow would've been good. the only requirement i'd like for a case, besides airflow, is it should be aesthetically pleasing. this will be sitting on my desk and in eye sight. i know the antec 300 is highly recommended, but damn is that thing boring.
I suggested both a great case and PSU for your needs... PSUs usually don't come with cases specifically because it's a crap deal...
Yeah you're gonna spend more money, what you chose was a poor deal, anyone can get a generic ripoff kinda brand for cheaper, but you're not gonna get the quality you would from the genuine brand
Don't buy computer parts off Craigslist, I don't mean to sound harsh but if you want a computer, you gotta have a decent amount of money, it's not a 300 dollar hobby, you need to spend a decent amount of money to get decent parts
The case I suggested comes with 4 fans (3 x 120mm (1 w/blue LED) 1 x 140mm)
It also has a bottom PSU mount, rubber grommets for cable management, made of mostly steel, and many more features
If you want looks and quality, Lexa S is the way to go, all those other HAF and Antec cases are really boxy and boring