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    Posted: 18 Apr 2011 at 10:54am

Arrived on April 14, 2011 (one day earlier than estimated based on shipping date)

The System:

Core I7 2600K 3.4 GHz (OC to 3.9 GHz)
ASUS Sabertooth P67 MB
Noctura NH-U12P SE High Performance Cooler
8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600 MHz DDR3 (Dual Channel)
EVGA GTX-570 1.2 GB
1TB Black Edition WD Caviar HDD (64 MB Cache)
HAF 922 (with additional 1x200mm (side) and 1x120mm (bottom) fans added)
 
Legen...wait for it...
 
While I could have purchased the components for about 30% less (on the day the computer arrived), I can guarantee the arrival wouldn’t have been as satisfying.  The purchase price was well worth not having to deal with assembling the computer and dealing with all of those little things like firmware/bios updates that can linger on as you tweak a brand new system build (assuming they don’t cripple you out of the starting blocks).
 
The system worked like a champ right out of the box and performance is exceptional.  Running the computer with all graphics maxed out (all sliders fully to the right) in Rift (1920x1080) and Ventrilo running, the system hasn't used more than 17% CPU, 27% RAM, and hasn’t draw more than 380 Watts (this includes Rift events and Warfronts) – haven’t measured frame rates but it was VERY smooth (no hitching, sputtering or the like).  I experienced similar results in CoD: Black-Ops.
 
Not only is the raw performance amazing, but the system is dead silent.  You have to listen closely, but the clicking of an active hard drive is about the most noise this thing emits.  Even when the graphics card is humping (not that it has been taxed much yet) - if it weren’t for the fact that you were playing a game on it - you'd be convinced it was turned off.
 
The only minus I can come up with is that I did not have more money to spend on upgrades.
 
To be honest - Based on reading reviews here and other places, my expectations were pretty high and it would have been easy to miss the mark.  Digital Storm nailed it and delivered a kick ass system!  Not only will I buy from them again, but I will highly recommend them to anyone and everyone who asks my opinion or not!
 
Ratings (scale 1 (bad) to 10 (best)):
 
Case condition (external): 10
Case internal/ wiring: 10
Airflow/noise: 11
Performance: 10
Customer Service: 11
Overall Value: 10+
 
....DARY!


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Edited by CrudBurst - 18 Apr 2011 at 9:09pm
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  Quote SDR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Apr 2011 at 11:10am
Pics!!!
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Apr 2011 at 7:03pm
Awesome, post some pics so we can add your review!
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using my imagination isnt working.
 
                     Hahaha
 
 
lol photos please !
 
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  Quote CrudBurst Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Apr 2011 at 9:10pm
Updated my post with pics.  Sorry for not posting sooner - I was at work when I posted earlier.  Also sorry for the quality - as you can see, I'm not a photographer.
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Apr 2011 at 10:07pm
wow the side fan sure looks odd in the haf 922 lol
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Very nice!  Congrats!
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  Quote CrudBurst Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Apr 2011 at 6:43am
It will take the 1x 200mm (shown) or the 2x120mm stacked vertically (if you look closely you can see how they would mount).
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Awesome
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  Quote Vaude Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Apr 2011 at 6:38pm
this is almost the same as my future pc layout, i just have a few questions, how loud is the gpu? ill add more later....
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  Quote CrudBurst Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 11:25am
So far (many hours playing Rift and about 6 solid hours of CoD: Black Ops) I haven't really heard a peep from the GPU.  As I stated in my review, the HDD (which is actually very quiet) has been the only real noticeable noise from the computer.

The exception being after a period of multiple sucessive power outages yesterday during start-up, the GPU fan really kicked up - but only for a few seconds and not loud enough to interfere with anything going on at the time.  It wasn't even as loud as the GPU fan on my old GTX260.  I have had single 120mm case fans louder than the GPU and the Noctura CPU cooler.
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  Quote Vaude Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Apr 2011 at 1:11pm
my brothers old comp (a dell, vital components of the mobo fell off) he had a 9800 gt. IT WAS LOUD and the only problem with his comp noise wise
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  Quote CrudBurst Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2014 at 1:56pm
By the way folks, at almost 3 years old, I haven't had a single problem with this system.  I am just now considering an upgrade to the graphics card (and I am playing current titles).  I'll say it again, as I did back when it was new - My expectations were pretty high and it would have been easy to miss the mark.  Digital Storm nailed it and delivered a kick ass system!

Thanks for delivering a great performing and very reliable system.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2014 at 2:06pm
Good to hear.      I'm also on a gtx 570 and the gaming might not be maxed out, but high to max for most and 'getting it done ' .

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