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August 19, 2012 2:19:57 PM

Hello everyone! I am building my first computer and am looking for some feedback/advice.


ADATA AS510S3-120GM-C 120GB 2.5IN SATA3 SSD

corsair vengeance 8gb 2x4gb DDR3-1600 9-9-9-24 RAM

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive

Intel Core i5 3570K CPU

MSI Z77A-G45 DDR3 SLI Motherboard

MSI Interceptor Series Barricade ATX Mid Tower Case

OCZ Z-SERIES 1000W 80+ Gold Certified 24PIN ATX 83A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply (getting this because it is on sale for pretty cheap)

Antec Kuhler H2O 620 Liquid CPU Cooling System

Im thinking about getting the xfx r7870 double dissipation graphics card, but am not sure

I am also torn between the zalman z9 plus, z11 plus and the MSI Barricade case

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August 19, 2012 3:07:26 PM

Go with the zalman Z11
Go with the xfx DD
Otherwise, looks good.
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August 19, 2012 3:08:53 PM

First off a 1000w PSU is way over what you need. Even a good 650-750w can handle sli/crossfire 7870's. So i'd recommend something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

On the subject of the case...I have the Zalman Z9 myself and I can say that the case is amazing and includes ALOT of features only found on much more expensive cases. If you do pull the trigger on the Z9 plus, I highly recommend getting it from NCIX. They always have it on special and it usually costs on average $20-$30 cheaper than newegg. Sometimes it even has free shipping included with the cheaper price. Newegg sells it for $64.99 usually, and NCIX has it between $34.99-44.99 most of the time. http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&ma... Right now there is no free shipping but it's at $49.99 reg and $39.99 after rebate. They update their specials every week so it may be worth to check again in a weeks time.

The only downfall would be that the Z9 has no USB 3.0 ports, but the new motherboards usually have 2/4 3.0 ports on them anyway. If you really need them on the front you can always buy a USB 3.0 add in card, and install it in one of the empty bays on the front.

If you plan to overclock your cpu you may want to go to this motherboard instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I've read that anything below the gd-55 can be a gamble for stable overclocks over longer periods of time. My brother just bought the gd-55 and during the researching phase we came across alot of people recommending to stay away from the g-43/45 boards if you plan to OC. Components dieing on them is not uncommon. Apparantly the only difference between the gd-55 and the gd-65 is the amount of ports on the back of the motherboard. All the other components are the same.
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August 19, 2012 3:40:35 PM

sincreator said:
First off a 1000w PSU is way over what you need. Even a good 650-750w can handle sli/crossfire 7870's. So i'd recommend something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

On the subject of the case...I have the Zalman Z9 myself and I can say that the case is amazing and includes ALOT of features only found on much more expensive cases. If you do pull the trigger on the Z9 plus, I highly recommend getting it from NCIX. They always have it on special and it usually costs on average $20-$30 cheaper than newegg. Sometimes it even has free shipping included with the cheaper price. Newegg sells it for $64.99 usually, and NCIX has it between $34.99-44.99 most of the time. http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57910&vpn=Z9%20Plus&ma... Right now there is no free shipping but it's at $49.99 reg and $39.99 after rebate. They update their specials every week so it may be worth to check again in a weeks time.

The only downfall would be that the Z9 has no USB 3.0 ports, but the new motherboards usually have 2/4 3.0 ports on them anyway. If you really need them on the front you can always buy a USB 3.0 add in card, and install it in one of the empty bays on the front.

If you plan to overclock your cpu you may want to go to this motherboard instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I've read that anything below the gd-55 can be a gamble for stable overclocks over longer periods of time. My brother just bought the gd-55 and during the researching phase we came across alot of people recommending to stay away from the g-43/45 boards if you plan to OC. Components dieing on them is not uncommon. Apparantly the only difference between the gd-55 and the gd-65 is the amount of ports on the back of the motherboard. All the other components are the same.


Thanks for the help! GD55 motherboard is the same price as the one I was gonna get, so thanks for that. :)  And I am ordering from NCIX, thats why the Z9 plus was on my list... to good of a price to ignore. :D 

The no USB 3.0 front port isn't really a problem for me, so I think im gonna go with the Z9 plus

Also, do you think the kuhler will fit in the z9 plus?

EDIT: and what about this power supply?

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59617&vpn=P1750SNLB9&manu...
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August 19, 2012 4:59:09 PM

Best answer selected by dany675.
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August 19, 2012 6:16:07 PM

Xfx is a good power supply. I still like the z11 case more.
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August 19, 2012 9:47:50 PM

allanitomwesh said:
Xfx is a good power supply. I still like the z11 case more.


I liked the Z11 more aesthetically and that it had USB 3.0, but the z9 was 40 bucks with a 15 dollar gift card. So basically 25 bucks for a decent case. Too good to turn down.
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August 20, 2012 2:17:17 AM

Makes sense. Enjoy.
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