I just got home to find that you guys have swamped me with computer advice. It’s awesome.
I can’t reply to all of them, but I am reading them, and so far there is definitely a “most recommended” combo. I’ll be researching this over the weekend.
Thanks for the tips everyone.
And also thank you to Nathan Burt, Tim Gerlach, and Robert Scialli for donating to help me get this sucker built. Much appreciated guys.