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Post Date: 2015-12-08

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    Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 2:42pm
What can I say about the Vanquish from Digital Storm. When I first ordered this computer I was so full of excitement I didn't think I would make it. I have to say Alex and the whole team were very patient with my e-mails of wanting to know how my system was coming. It took DS about a week and half to get it shipped out and that was the longest time of my life. On 12/3 it finally shipped out and was on it's way to the Midwest.

Unboxing/Packaging
The computer showed up in great condition with no heavy damage to the box with all the tape still intact. I have to say the way DS packaged this computer it made for a very safe trip for the computer. They used a nice floating setup to keep the computer in the middle of the box and nice packaging around the massive video card to keep it from moving in shipping. I opened the case up and everything looked so professional on the inside and there was no physical damage to report.

Setup

Once out of the box it was time to get the thing powered up. I connected everything per instructions and turned on the computer. I have to say WOW this thing is fast. I turned my head for a second and came back and windows had already booted to the desktop. I went and installed all my preferred programs and started playing around.

Performance

The Vanquish is a beast of a computer and plays games so well at high/ultra settings. I have had the computer now for 2 days and have not had a single problem with it. I have not tested multi-tasking but for games this machine is a beast.

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I am very happy with my purchase from DS and plan to get my next system from them and shovel people their way. If you are looking for a awesome pre-built computer and want a company you can trust then go with the Vanquish from Digital Storm.

Here are some pictures of this awesome computer. Sorry for the messy desk. Drooling












Edited by krazyhippy - 12 Dec 2015 at 10:59am
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  Quote Purpletalon55 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 3:40pm
Agreed, i have the most custom vanquish digital storm has ever made guaranteed and I cannot wait to do the unboxing when I get it tommorrow.
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  Quote Steven Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 5:02pm
Awesome stuff!

I know myself and the rest of the forum squad would love to see some photos of your new setup!
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  Quote Purpletalon55 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 5:55pm
Originally posted by Steven

Awesome stuff!

I know myself and the rest of the forum squad would love to see some photos of your new setup!


I will post and he will too be on the lookout for FearThePains as well
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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2015 at 8:48pm
Big Congrats!

After receiving the PC, do we need to check inside the case for all the card/cord connections etc?

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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2015 at 12:41am
Congratulations, hope you enjoy it.Awesome
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  Quote krazyhippy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2015 at 5:04am
I will definitely be posting pictures when I get home this evening. Also, fear I would suggest that you do check around and case just to make sure nothing came unplugged during shipping.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2015 at 5:58am
Originally posted by FearNoPain

Big Congrats!

After receiving the PC, do we need to check inside the case for all the card/cord connections etc?


Congrats and yep, I would just give everything a look see for any obvious damage or loose connections.   

Enjoy. Big%20Smile
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  Quote Steven Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2015 at 12:42pm
Originally posted by FearNoPain

Big Congrats!

After receiving the PC, do we need to check inside the case for all the card/cord connections etc?


You will definitely want to open the system up and check all the cabling & connections to make sure nothing got unplugged during shipping (you would be amazed at how often this happens). Also depending on what chassis you ordered you may have to remove some packing material from the interior.
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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 10:37am
I finally received my VANQUISH level 4 PC today.

As the OP pointed out, DS did a good job on packaging and I did not notice any shipping damage.

However, after removing the foam inside the chassis, I saw that the fan on top of the CPU fell off. It looks like that the thermal paste broke off and could not hold the weight of the fan. I did not see any screws so it looks like the thermal paste is the only thing that glues them together.

Please help me, what can I do to fix this?

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Referring to the picture above, if you look at the bottom of the cooler, 90 degrees from the fan, top right  and bottom left in the pic, you will see a metal clip with a screw just above.  The screw needs to be loosened which gives the metal clip the slop it needs to mount properly. 

The black plastic ring that encircles the cpu has tabs the metal clip hooks into.  Once the cooler is mounted to the cpu, and the metal clips hook around the black plastic tab on either side, tighten the screw to secure it. 
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See if this helps.....





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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 11:09am
Here's a better shot  ....Big%20Smile

  http://www.digitalstorm.com/forums/uploads/6454/Zalman_cooler_2.jpg

You can see the tab on the right with the screrw just above to loosen it. 
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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 11:23am
Thanks so much bprat22. I also need to re-apply the thermal paste, correct?

In addition, which orientation should the fan blade face?

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 11:27am
Yes, after cleaning off the old.  

I believe the plastic tabs on the mounting ring are above and below the cpu.

Edit.  I believe the fan  should be inboard , facing front, so the fan blows through the cooler and toward the back of the case. 


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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 11:28am
Originally posted by bprat22

Yes, after cleaning off the old.   I believe the plastic tabs on the mounting ring are above and below the cpu.



Sorry I am a noob at computers. What do you mean the tabs on the mounting ring are above and below the CPU?

Did you mean that the fan blade should face right which is perpendicular to the CPU?

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The metal clips, 2 of them, will hook to 2 plastic tabs on the mounting ring.  I believe the tabs are above and below the cpu on the ring, so the fan is facing front.


Yep, fan faces right,  toward the front of the rig.  


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Make sure the fan is plugged into the motherboard.  The pic says it is, but double check.  
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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 2:32pm
follow this link to the product page. there is a vid demonstration on how to mount it.

http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/Product_Read.php?Idx=450

imo, this is a poorly conceived mounting system. it's no wonder the thing popped off in rough transit. and no, a cpu cooler is never held on by thermal paste alone.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 2:40pm
Our team will also be reaching out to help. Sorry about the issue, we'll do our best to get you up and running.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 2:41pm
FearNoPain, I also encourage you to create a new thread about your PC for help in the "Technical Assistance" section.
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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 2:47pm
Originally posted by Alex

Our team will also be reaching out to help. Sorry about the issue, we'll do our best to get you up and running.


Marc already gave me a call and provided guidance on how to re-install the fan. Really appreciate all the help from the DS team and forum members.

I will give this a try tonight.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 3:13pm
Good to hear.   Let us know how it goes.   
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Originally posted by bprat22

Good to hear.   Let us know how it goes.   


Yep, installed the fan myself. Everything seems to work smooth now. I am installing updates and software right now~ Thanks again for your help
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Congrats on the repair work.    Enjoy.
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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 6:02pm
Originally posted by bprat22

Congrats on the repair work.    Enjoy.


You are so knowledgeable bprat22. I enjoy reading your posts a lot~
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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 7:50pm
Originally posted by bprat22

Congrats on the repair work.    Enjoy.


Although I was able to install the fan and everything seemed OK. A bigger problem hit me when I tried playing games (Assassin's creed). The system shut down and restart, a warning message telling me a power surge on the PSU has been detected (I plugged directly into the wall).

After I tried playing the same game, 2 mins later the system shuts down again. This time the GTX 980 (Asus strix) has been shut down and no matter how I restart the computer the screen resolution was all messed up. In the device manager, GTX 980 has an exclamation mark, and said it was shut down because it ran into a problem (code:43).

What do you guys think is happening?

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  Quote FearNoPain Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 8:26am
I will open a new thread for this. Thanks for reminding me Alex.
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I responded in your other thread. Hope it helps.
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Finally uploaded some pics.
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that's quite a setup, hippyWhoa
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Thanks guys.....Big%20Smile
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Just noticed... Tom Clancy is propping the rig up.     Good book.
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