I got a great deal on some great parts from craigslist to start this build off! Everything except the case, power supply, and optical drive was purchased for only $440. From there I grabbed some great deals on the rest. Case - $25, Power Supply - $30, and Optical Drive-$16 for a total of $512 for the items in the list! When I bought the items from craigslist, they came in a very large and heavy server case, that is why I bought a new case and power supply to move all those items over to a more eye-friendly setup.
The most trouble I had with this build was removing the SSD from the old server case. It was kind of make-shift positioned in there and very hard to get to the 4 screws for removal.
The case is pretty decent, having space for cable management and a removable dust filter on the PSU fan, along with a USB 3.0 port. The downside is, the USB 3.0 port doesn't work along with the power button. I have contacted Rosewill and they will be sending me a replacement power button/USB header. In the meantime, I soldered the wires to the power button switch to make it work and am using the USB 3.0 slots in the back. No big deal. Also, the side panels are really hard to get off for some reason.
The only thing I have left to do is buy and install a video card. Any suggestions? I'm looking to spend $200. I will be using it for CAD work at home along with some gaming. I mostly play League of Legends, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and looking to play The Elder Scrolls Online.
Thanks for any advice and criticism. It was really fun putting this together. Great sense of accomplishment. :)