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  1. nataku5082 New Member

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    Hi, I've been wanting to build my own custom rig for some time so this build will be my first. I'm planning on using it mainly for gaming and working on graphics programs like adobe, etc, as well as 3D programs like Autodesk. I'm still picking out parts but this is what I got so far.

    Case: Antec Nine Hundred or Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

    Motherboard: EVGA 132-YW-E178-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188027

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    RAM: Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3228139&CatId=2264

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3346290&CatId=2459

    Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130370

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002&Tpk=Corsair 620

    Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    This is just my initial build and I wanted to ensure I could addon stuff later on such as more HDDs and another video card. Is there anything else im missing? Suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Everything looks pretty good. I'd make a couple of changes though. I'd avoid the 780i. The chipset was plauged with problems. I'd go with a p35 or x38 board, and if you insist on an nvidia chipset, I'd step up to a 790i board. Some people will suggest a p45 board, but in my experience the p35 and x38 chipset handles memory better. That 900 case is nice, but you will have to blow the dust out OFTEN.
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    Really, the 790i? From my research I thought it was the other way around as the 790i seems to be quite unstable atm.
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    perhaps a slightly bigger psu if you're gonna oc your sli (when you get another card)
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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I considered the Xigmatek too, along with Tuniq. Heard they were good brands. I may consider it changing it to Xigmatek then. Hows the PSU? Is it enough?
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    i'm not sure, it should be enough for non overclocked cards and cpu, but with overclock, cpu and gfx cards could draw 150W+ each, that's 450W+ for them alone...
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    It's enough. But for future proofing go with a 750 TX.
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    The PSU is plently. That corsair pushes out real stable power, though you may want to go with a TX750 for upgrade room. IMHO all of nvidia's chipsets are a little unstable compared to intel's current offerings. As far as video cards go, you can't lose with either a 4870 or a gtx260. Both excellent, though the gtx260 stays cooler and quieter.
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    Alrite thanks for all the suggestions everyone. :D
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    Ok im about to finalize my build. Heres what I got.

    Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129043

    Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131284

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115041

    RAM: Corsair Dual Channel TWINX 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...139&CatId=2264

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...290&CatId=2459

    Video Card: HIS Hightech H487F512P Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161236

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler w/Retention Bracket
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

    Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171

    OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
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    Lookin good man :toast:
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    Before settling on the Antec 1200, check out the Cooler Master HAF 932....Excellent case, and better than the 1200 IMHO. Hands down, the best I've ever owned. The layout is brilliant, and if you ever decide to go WC, it's designed to make it very easy to set up in the case.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
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    Oh thats a nice looking case. Well im in no rush to get my order rolling, so I may still check out some stuff. I'm curious bout the new Core i7 chip intel is releasing soon tho...
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    i7 isn't gonna be that much better for gaming(if any).. I see you are doing 3d work but I am not sure how much better it does in that.
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    Nice build, not much room to improve other than add a second GPU. Good build.

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