Building a new rig (first time, need some help)

I've saved enough money for a new rig. This is going to be my first build so I need your help, guys.

This is what I'm going to buy

GPU - GeForce 280GTX
M/B - nForce 780i
H/D - 2 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB
RAM - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB)
CPU - q9450
DVD - Asus DRW-2014L1T DVD
CPU cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle

I can't decide on a case and PSU

I'd like to buy a 1000w PSU and a full tower case.

Any help would be much appreciated!
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  1. I say THERMALTAKE ARMOR with a OCZ PROXSTREAM 1KW PSU (i have this combination and i love it :d )
  2. How long until someone recommends you ditch the GTX280 for an ATI card. I bought the GTX280 myself so I don't mind. Also... get the retention bracket that is sold along with the HDT-S1283. It will help... alot!

    Good luck!
  3. What is your total budget?

    Are you going for a RAID array? If not, I would recommend the Western Digital 640 GB hard drive - great performance and usually cheaper per gig.

    You don't want to go crossfire for now? The 4850 or 4870 are supposedly a much better deal for very similar performance (if not better in a lot of way).

    I have a 780i and love it, but right now, it seems that the best bang for the buck is going with the X38/X48 and crossfire (if you intend multiple GPUs) or P35/P45 if you want a single GPU.

    I'd recommend the Coolermaster Stacker, have seen excellent reviews of the Xaser, and I personally love the Antec 900, but would love to have the Antec 1200 (improved and bigger 900).

    GOod luck with the build.
  4. I would forget RAID, Skip GTX for 4870x2, switch to intel chipset, and maybe get the WD 640 instead of the 500
  5. No, I'm not an ATI fan. I will probably go SLi when the 280 GTX becomes cheaper.
    Thanks for your replies, guys!
  6. Antec 1200 is pretty good)) Amazon already has it in stock.

    is this a good PSU?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007
  7. sb87 said:
    No, I'm not an ATI fan. I will probably go SLi when the 280 GTX becomes cheaper.
    Thanks for your replies, guys!


    not an ATI fan? Hmmm I never based purchases off of fanboism but which product performed better... Perhaps I'm in the minority
  8. Hovaucf said:
    not an ATI fan? Hmmm I never based purchases off of fanboism but which product performed better... Perhaps I'm in the minority


    I've heard some bad things about ATI. I don't really want to get into an argument over what brand is better. When it comes to performance/price ratio, ATI sure beats Nvidia, there's no doubt about that. However, as far as I know, Nvidia has better support and many games are made with Nvidia cards in mind. I might be wrong but still... Nvidia is my personal preference.

    Has any of you guys bought the Antec 1200 ? Newegg doesn't have it yet. It's available on Amazon, however, I don't feel safe buying such expensive things of off Amazon. I'm not familiar with their returns policy.
  9. That Corsair 1000 you linked is an excellent choice with plenty of power for a top end system with GTX 280 SLI. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=89
  10. Thanks everyone for your replies!

    That's what I just ordered from newegg

    GPU - GeForce 280GTX
    M/B - nForce 780i
    H/D - 2 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB
    RAM - Corsair DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    CPU - q9450
    DVD - Asus DRW-2014L1T DVD
    CPU cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle
    (with XIGMATEK ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket)
    PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2

    All I need now is a full tower case.
    If I buy the Antec 1200, will I be able to fit everything in?
  11. The Twelve Hundred is a huge case. It's actually big enough that it's going to make your hardware kinda seem puny.
    http://tech-reviews.co.uk/reviews/antec-twelve-hundred-gaming-case/
  12. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043
    Antec 1200 is in newegg and has been for a long time. Its not really what people thought it would be and it was below expectations of customers of Antec 900. I would go for the coolermaster stacker, cosmos s, thermaltake armor+, or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112159 if you got money. there is a cheaper version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112160
  13. Man you're going to be upset when the 4870X2 with 2GB of GDDR5 comes out later this year, that's estimated at 50-80% better than the GTX280 already. It will cost the same price or less than the GTX280. $550USD was the lastest figure I've seen so far.

    Don't buy hardware off of "what you've heard" or without reading some articles. Buy what's the best performance/price ratio from statistical analysis, not brand loyalism.
  14. My bad. NewEgg does have the Antec 1200.
    Hopefully the parts don't come D.O.A.

    Yes, I wll probably be upset when the 4870X2 hits the shelves but I can't wait any longer. I haven't upgraded for years. You can never keep up with technology's fast pace. I won't be surprised if Nvidia releases a better card few months later. I don't really need the best card on market since my monitor's native resolution is 1240x1020 and I'm not planning on getting a bigger one anytime soon. Don't ask me why I didn't buy a cheaper card instead of the GTX280=))

    Thanks again everyone! I really appreciate your help!
    Will be reporting back soon!
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