Final Words and Conclusion
Without Vista preinstalled the system ships at £899 including VAT, this is actually a minimal premium over what one would pay buying the parts individually, so the machine certainly offers value in that department.
The system is carefully built inside with a quality selection of components. Despite not having the wow-factor of extreme machines with overclocked processors and watercooling the Zu makes up for this a little thanks to the inclusion of the excellent performing 4890. The motherboard also allows for future proofing courtesy of the AM3 socket which gives some room for future upgrades. At the present time however the Phenom II X4 810 has plenty of grunt for the latest games and applications.
The Hyundai W240D monitor shipped with the system is of course, optional; however it makes a good match for the machine at hand. Despite not offering the same standard of colour reproduction for photographers and digital video editors as PVA or IPS technology, the TN panel offers fast pixel response time which is ideal for gaming, the main purpose for the rig.
Everything considered the Zu is a certain winner for anyone looking for a prebuilt gaming rig. The components have been carefully and thoughtfully selected. One point we would like to address however is that we do feel quite strongly against sending out any system with a reference AMD or Intel heatsink, especially one marked as a gaming system – sure this isn’t overclocked, but with a good cooler this PC would be running much cooler and it offers possible future proofing with some bios overclocking. As it stands you won’t get anything extra out of this rig without increasing the temperatures even further and more money will need to be invested on a better CPU cooler.
Lastly, everything is wrapped up in the smart looking Hiper Osiris chassis with custom Novatech branding which isn’t cheaply glued on to the case.
In addition to any manufacturer’s warranty schemes all parts are covered by Novatech’s return to base 12 month warranty.