shipping is already figured into the costs from some of the vendors. Never built a computer from scratch like this before, but I've been working with computers for many years including assembly/dissembly of older machines. And being an A+ Certified Professional, I should be able to work out most problems by myself. Probably don't need a fdd, but it might come in handy sometime. Sure I could use an old one, but it's less work to just order online, and I don't have to worry about it failing any time soon.