Update: Thanks for all of the feedback. Shortly I plan on upgrading to 32GB of RAM to utilize the quad channel. As far as the processor goes, I felt that this one offered the best performance for the money. In addition to the RAM, I will be buying 2 more hard drives and set them up mostly likely in raid 5.
As for the concerns about the carpet, the case has some nice legs which promote great airflow (one of the reasons I picked it, along with its hotswap slot) especially with the 240 mm case fan I added to the side panel. There is an additional fan slot on top that I have not used yet.