Thanks for the tips. I've never built a computer before, but I was watching some YouTube videos last night and it looks like something I should be able to do. My uncle I think has built lots of computers before so I can ask him for help if I need it.
I don't game, nor do I ever plan to. I just want to be able to handle pro audio software. My several year old "thin and light" type lappy often chokes at the sight of a few reverb or delay plugins.
I don't think I know anyone who would have an old case or PSU lying around, but I'll see if I can ask. Otherwise I'm still looking around for cases too at the moment.
Here's the stuff I found so far that seems about right (assuming I didn't make any big mistakes with incompatible stuff) and within price range:
That's only $300 so far. If I can manage a case and psu for cheap, I'll probably add another or larger HDD. Or how big a deal is SSD really?
EDIT: Haven't read you're other post(s) yet. Looking now.
Great job on the mobo, I only saw some $66 one but the one you found is much better.
The Ivy Birdge i3 3220 is only $10 more and has better performance and graphics. Not that much but why not buy a new one?
That ram is the one I found
3TB with good feedback is for the SAME price as that one right now.Feedback matters for HDD's and SDD's
This raises the price by $20 but you get much more
An SDD will raise performance BY A LOT. They are only $59 for 60GB's which is enough for Windows and some programs
If you can get a case with a PSU in it used, you are set. Some motherboards require a 24 pin connector though which is a problem maybe. Most old Dell PSU's however SHOULD come with 24 pins but look to make sure. The mobo you found is 24 pin. Some mobo's will tell you if you can just use 20 pin and it will still run, this changes from board to board.
If you can ask your school and find a case(not too small, the small ones use different board formats) and a working PSU inside, you can just use that.
With that, you will have a banging computer for $400 considering you already have a monitor and everything.