After some research, I decided against buying a kit from Tiger or anyplace similar and to go on my own. I kind of wanted a little more control over what I put together. So, a trip to Fry's was in order.
My original budget was going to be in the $5-600 range, but I don't think I included the monitor in that, so I'll have to use the Pirates of the Caribbean rule, which is to say it more like a guideline. While money is not inexhaustible, I have some flexibility.
So far, I bought a case, power supply and extra fan.
Cooler Master N400 with features I wanted including front panel USB (2 x 3.0 and 2 x 2.0), FP headphone and mic jacks, and FP power and reset switches. Has 2 x 5.25" and 1 x 3.5" bays exposed and 7 x 3.5" 3 x 2.5" internal bays. Lots of room for expansion I probably won't need, but I hate working in cramped spaces, so the roominess in this mid-tower looks good. 2 fans included with several other places to mount more if needed or move existing two if I identify hot spots. Fits an ATX or micro-ATX MB.
Didn't want to short myself here, even though I don't intend to install dual vid cards or other Hi-power components, so I went with a 600W job from CoolMax that should be adequate for my needs.
I also bought an additional fan, a Corsair AF120, just in case it is needed or if the existing fans are too noisy. It claims to be a 21dBA noise level, so shouldn't be too loud.
Cost so far: Case: 49.99, PSU 44.99, fan 16.99. Throw in some taxes and I'm out about $122.
Updates as I go. Probably get the MB, CPU, memorey and an SSD next. Looking into AMD, MB probably a AM3+ type, and the CPU in the FX series, maybe. A bit pricey, but I won't be going top end here. I suppose I'll have to get a DVD drive, too.
Suggestions welcomed. I know we have a bunch of knowledge around here, and I'm a bit of a novice about PCs, though I do have an engineering and electronics background.
Wish me luck!