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June 5, 2011 10:57:00 PM

Im off to university in september so im trying to build a computer thats going to last the full 3 years of my course without any upgrades, since my laptop just failed on me. I cant really say a main use for this computer as it will be used for anything it can, but I am a moderate gamer so I want it to be able to run most of the newer games easily. Obviously in a year or two I may have to upgrade the GPU to suit the newer games.


Case: Zalman Z9-Plus

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K

Motherboard: Asrock p67 EXTREME4

Memory: Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance

GPU: XFX HD 6870 1GB

PSU: Corsair CX 600W ATX2.2

HDD: Samsung Spin Point F3

DVD-RW: Pioneer DVR-S19LBK

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June 5, 2011 11:49:21 PM

very nice even though everyone is going to tell you not the get the Zalman, and to get a cooler master or something. honestly i think its a nice choice.
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June 6, 2011 12:06:10 AM

no, it doesnt look like you were right.

Jamesxd: Do you plan to OC or add a second 6870 at a later date? The one thing i would change is the PSU, you can do better for around the same price, although which one would depend on your needs.
June 6, 2011 12:18:20 AM

It's hard to not recommend the Hyper 212+; it's great and about $20 less than the average cooler.

^+1 concerning the PSU.
June 6, 2011 12:19:45 AM

I do plan to overclock and ive already got a Cooler Master 212+. I dont think I will be planning on adding a second 6870 just yet but its nice to have the option in the future.

and btw what psu would you change it too?

cheers guys
June 6, 2011 12:44:41 AM

You'll need more wattage. I'd say about 650W minimum on a reliable PSU (Corsair, XFX, Antec). I had an Antec EA650 that ran an i7-930 and 2 GTX 470s.
June 6, 2011 1:21:53 AM

haters gonna hate. and if you gonna add another card later then get something a little better. the XFX 650 would be good. its modular and 80 plus bronze i believe. it should suffice.
June 6, 2011 2:35:45 AM

jamesxd listed a zalman case, doginpants recommended a coolermaster CPU cooler. no one has said anything about the zalman case. no one is hating.
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