Price: $1800 USD Hello Techpowerup members, I am planning on building my first custom pc when Januaray 09 rolls around. I am currently a Senior in HS as I will be going to JC then transfering for those who say get a laptop. Below is my build list. Any type of help or comments would be appreciated. I live in the Bay Area in CA. I can purchase from frys, central computers, newegg, bestbuy. I'd like to avoid newegg although it usually has the best prices the reason is the advice my Dad told me. "You get a CPU or DIM that is D.O.A you will need to RMA etc creating a lot of hassel while if you purchase from a store locally you can just bring it in for a exchange etc. Because this is my first pc build I don't want to mess anything up etc. I asked Fry's and they charge $120 to build your pc together and $50 if you want them to install the OEM. While I dunno if they will do a decent job of wire management I would personally like to build it myself therefore if i mess up ill just take it to them lol. Advice? ____________________________________________________________________________ CPU: Q9550 $315 (Central Computer Systems) HS: Ultra 120 $50 (Central Computer Systems) Paste: Arctic Silver $6 Anywhere... DD: Asus CD-DVD $20 Ordinary DD will work. Case: Antec 1200 $160 (Newegg) Free Shipping =D Ram: Corsair Dominator 4gb 1066 $55 (Tiger Direct) Would like Local Store HD: Seagate 7200.11 500gb 32mb $50 (Central Computer Systems) PSU: Corsair 1000W modular $240 (" " ") or (Newegg) Same $ GPU: GTX 295 $500 (When it comes out) Mobo: EVGA 780i $200 (CCS) or (Newegg) TOTAL: $1596 Add another 200 for tax+shipping BS... ____________________________________________________________________________ Cleaner Build List Current - Samsung T240HD 1920X1200 - Logitech G5 (Blue) - Logitech Z-2300 Questions 1: Why is the 9450 &9550 same price on newegg? 2: Will there be any bottleneck? 3: Is there a need for the ftw 780i? (Again Im new to OC, have not done it before... 4: Any downsides on the Antec 1200? *I have a external CD-DVD/CD-DVDRW drive via. USB Thanks, Jeff Edit reason: Put in Cleaner Look Build Image.