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Hailstorm II: Beast Mode Activated

Post Date: 2013-07-18

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    Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 6:10pm
So its around 100 Degrees in NYC today, perfect time to write up a review...lol

1st...lets start with the original build and config.

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Hailstorm II Edition
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1866MHz Corsair Dominator Platinum DHX (Extreme-Performance)
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (240GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Neutron GTX Series) (SATA 6Gbps)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: ASUS Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs) (Model: BC-12B1ST)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: Digital Storm Exotic Custom Cooling System (CPU + Chipset)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Red) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled LED Lighting System (Multiple color options and lighting effects)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: Noise Suppression Package Stage 2 (Optimized Airflow & Fan Speeds with Noise Dampening Material)
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


Changes after reading around on the forums and researching online.

-Motherboard:ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME X79
-Power Supply: 1050W Corsair Pro Silver 1050HX
-T-Shirt: YES!
 
Now lets get into building and shipping time-frames. My build did not take that long to be built and shipped...I'm pretty sure this is because i didn't request any custom parts, they prolly already had everything in-house. Coast to coast in 7 days(not bad...not bad at all.)

Stage 1 - 7/1/13
Stage 2 - 7/2/13
Stage 3 - 7/2/13
Stage 4 - 7/2/13
Stage 5 - 7/2/13
Stage 6 - 7/4/13
Stage 7 - 7/8/13
Shipping - 7/9/13
Delivered - 7/15/13

Now...Lets get into the good parts.

The box is very big and heavy...you will need some help unpacking it.


The packaging is A+...enough foam to ship a elephant safely. Takes up about 60% of the box.


The beast all nicely in its plastic...


Now...after removing the plastic...i did not have problems with leaks or anything like that...all in-part to the great foam and packaging.


Pic of the mobo, the titan, and watercooling tubes.


Reservoir located behind the trays.


Power Supply and 2 led fans located at the base.


Right side of the case...No loose wires...everything nicely and cleanly tucked.




Base of the right side. Nice and Neat.


The teaser pic.






**All pics and videos taken on iphone5**

Final Thoughts
I am very pleased and impressed with the whole process. From order to delivery...fast and on point. The build is top of the line, everything works as it should...no loose objects and nothing rattling around. I would definitely recommend digital storm to everyone I know and I would purchase from them again in a heartbeat. Without a doubt this machine is a piece of art!

-Thank you to the whole team at DigitalStorm.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 6:35pm
Thank you for taking the time to post your review!
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  Quote DomTheBomb Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 8:04pm
Awesome review and great pictures!

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  Quote fstcvc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Jul 2013 at 9:50pm
Awesome rig man! Thanks for the quick review and pics. You'll have to come back in a few weeks (or sooner) to let us know how it performs and your overall experience with your new BEAST!
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  Quote HyDRO Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 7:00pm
Originally posted by fstcvc

Awesome rig man! Thanks for the quick review and pics. You'll have to come back in a few weeks (or sooner) to let us know how it performs and your overall experience with your new BEAST!


I've had it for about a week now. Runs smooth and quiet. I have 9 fans in this machine atm... sometimes i have to peak into the window to see if there still on. lol
Hopefully i wont have any issues to report anytime soon.
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  Quote fstcvc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Jul 2013 at 9:57pm
Originally posted by HyDRO


Originally posted by fstcvc

Awesome rig man! Thanks for the quick review and pics. You'll have to come back in a few weeks (or sooner) to let us know how it performs and your overall experience with your new BEAST!
I've had it for about a week now. Runs smooth and quiet. I have 9 fans in this machine atm... sometimes i have to peak into the window to see if there still on. lolHopefully i wont have any issues to report anytime soon.

Mine's going to have 12 fans so it's nice to "hear" that yours runs quiet with 9 of them.
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  Quote Tio Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 6:43am
Very nice review Hydro and awesome rig .loved the changing of interior lighting scheme's ....very cool.
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Great looking system and nice video and pics, gotta love the pics.

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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 5:30pm
Nice pictures and very quiet vids. I like the light addition. Very snazzy! Mine is getting some special order items. We agreed on freight ship back to NYC. Some how they managed to damage my Hailstorm II with that bodacious packing. Great review. Lets see some stats!
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  Quote kclemens Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2013 at 5:59pm
Looks sweet man! Can't wait until I can order a new rig :D
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  Quote wright Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2013 at 6:04pm
Great system, great picsAwesome
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Jul 2013 at 4:22pm
It is totally stunning, I own a Hailstorm I and this case is way bigger than the obsidian 800d. Also I have blue and red fan lights and I like more the LEDs that you have which let you change to any color you may want.
 
Nice videos and pics. Specially the first video at 0:06 where you say  "Esta madre esta conmadre" Haha LOL.
 
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