jonnyD_14 wroteWhat about an additional internal drive for storing data? What I currently use is a CRUCIAL M500 120 GB SSD as my boot drive and an internal WD Caviar Black 1.5TB for data storage. I'm assuming since it's 5+ years later I could get an even larger HDD for a nominal price. Any suggestions there?
I would re-use your current HDD+SSD. I'd also definitely be buying a nice new SSD with the system. 480-512GB at least, but I'd honestly even aim for a 1TB SSD if you can spend the extra $50ish. You will probably want to add another HDD for mass storage, but you can always do that later when you have some more cash. Just grab a 7200RPM HDD in whichever capacity you require.
I wouldn't even bother with a 1TB HDD, especially since 2TB is barely any more expensive. $55-60 for a 2TB HDD;
or you can look at larger capacities if you want/need.
jonnyD_14 wroteIf I opt for 32GB of RAM, is there a preference of (4x8) to (2x16)? Advantages, disadvantages? I've read that the (2x16) gives me an option for adding more RAM later. Is this correct thinking?
2x16. 4 DIMMs puts more stress on the IMC than 2 DIMMs, so it's easier to run higher frequency, tighter timings, etc with 2 DIMMs rather than 4. It also gives you room to upgrade more easily in the future, since you'll have 2 unused DIMM slots.
jonnyD_14 wroteWhile I like the mesh front of the case you suggested, I see the USB ports are on the top. Strange question: would that not invite more dust to settle in the ports?
It's not something that would really be any concern unless you live in a ridiculously dusty house.
jonnyD_14 wroteWhat are your thoughts on an Antec Three Hundred Two case? I currently use one of those and it does have a mesh front to the case which I have heard is good for airflow.
It's an old case, and significantly lower quality than the Cooler Master NR600. Like night and day difference.