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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 for gaming and working on graphics programs like photoshop, etc, as well as 3D programs like Maya. 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

Motherboard: EVGA 132-YW-E178-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor

RAM: Corsair Dual Channel XMS2 4096MB PC8500 DDR2 1066MHz Memory (2 x 2048MB)

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-300

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

PSU: Thermaltake W0131RU 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified NVIDIA QUAD-SLI APPROVED 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
or COOLMAX CUG-950B 950W ATX12V V.2.2 SLI

Is there anything else im missing? Suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  1. PSU - ditch the coolermax. I recommend the Corsair.. a 850watt is an overkill for that system anyways. If you want some headroom, then just go for the Corsair 750 a 620 can power your rig well.
    RAM - no point with 1066 - you get better with 800 and tighter timings. You can push the limits of the PC6400

    CPU cooler?
  2. Thanks for the advice. About the PSU, I'm was thinking of a modular one in order to reduce cluttering and maximize airflow. You may be right about the watts though I wanted to ensure I have enough for future addons.

    The list just covers my initial setup. I plan to add more HDDs and another video card in the future, and of course the optical drives.

    I'll swap the RAM as suggested. As for the cooler, I'm still uncertain what to get. I would appreciate any suggestions.
  3. :) not a problem... Modular is fine, I'm using modular as well. The Corsair 620HX is modular and should be suffecient for your rig and upgrades. The specifications you mentioned is not consuming more than 450.
    Xigmatek, Tuniq or the TRUE-120 are the top end air coolers. I also suggest a thermal paste MX-2.
  4. The Tuniq models look nice, though they use 3 pin. Will there be any complications with connecting? I still dunt know too much about this stuff so maybe I'm just being cautious lol. Heck, I just hope everything else will connect properly. :sweat:
  5. The pins will work fine. Boards have 3 or 4 pins - default is 3. You can't go wrong with them as they are top end coolers. I'm not sure if you can put a fan on the Tuniq though - might need to check it out. I'm using water cooling so my knowledge is limited in these coolers. I only know that these are the top3 performers out there.
    All connectors are made to fit 1 direction. no problems with connecting. Just look at some of the mainboard's connectors as there should be a small written lettering next to the pins (cha_fan, sys_fan, cpu_fan, etc) you cant go wrong.
  6. Ah, alright. Thanks for all your help. :D
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