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    Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 12:38am
I wanted to take a few minutes to write up a review on the Digital Storm Apollo. I ordered my comp on Monday the 20th of oct, and received it on Friday the 24th of October. (Priority build, and overnight shipping) I have been into hardcore pc gaming since pretty much the beginning, I've always had a rig that was capable of running all the newer games.....but never like this, My Apollo configuration dominates anything I've ever seen before, max settings on any game I load, every game boots up instantly and runs crisp and smooth and quite. From ordering the comp to receiving it, everything went amazingly smooth, from the beginning I was confident that I was dealing with professionals and that I was getting my money's worth.
   The first thing you notice about the computer.... is the computer, this thing is freaking massive, I mean knew it was a big comp, but it's huge. (60 pounds and over 2 & 1/2 feet tall and wide) It's deff the show piece of any room you put it in, and the quality and care that went into this machine is evident from first glance, it's truly beautiful. Everything was built exactly how I wanted it, and exactly how I would of done it myself.
     It fired up smooth right out the box, I didn't have to do anything but install my games, and I've never seen games run so smooth and crisp before, I deff feel like I got more than what I paid for with this rig, and I would recommend using Digital Storm for whatever your looking for, be it big or small, this company knows what there doing. I'll wrap this up with the specs of my build, and several photos.

   Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Apollo
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 5820K 3.3GHz (Six-Core) (Unlocked CPU)
Motherboard: ASUS X99-DELUXE (Intel X99 Chipset)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair HX1050
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (250GB Samsung 840 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (1TB Seagate)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: Wireless PCI-E ASUS PCE-N53 (Dual Band Performance) (Supports 802.11n/g/b)
Graphics Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB (EVGA Superclocked ACX Cooler Edition)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Fans: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Green) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-Bit Edition)








Edited by Dwik30 - 12 Dec 2014 at 11:27am
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 1:06am
Out-bloody-standing!!   4 days from "here's my money" to "holy cats!!"
 
Thanks for the review...  I'll get to see photos when I get to a machine that doesn't block them.  lol
 
Welcome to years of gaming bliss  ....  AwesomeStrong
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 3:05am
Awesome looking rig.

Love the pics and Enjoy.
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 3:11am
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  Quote Dax Doomslayer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 8:17am
I love the green!  Nice pics - thanks for sharing and congrats!!
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 11:05am
Oooooh... GREEEN!!!!!!   

So cool.. and look, kid for scale!   
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  Quote Tor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2014 at 10:57pm
Envy Green indeed Awesome
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Oct 2014 at 9:57am
Look like someone has already laid claim to it. Big%20Smile
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Oct 2014 at 10:26am
Originally posted by Tidgxor

Look like someone has already laid claim to it. Big%20Smile



You can almost see the thought bubble over her head... ((MINE!))

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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Oct 2014 at 10:45am
She just wanted the huge ass box. She now has a table, 2 chairs, a tea set, and about 35 stuffed animals inside that box.
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm
Outstanding!
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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2014 at 10:15am
Just a little one Month later review, I'm still madly in love with my Apollo, everything runs on it so amazingly well. Been playing Dragon Age Inquisition with everything on Ultra, and theres not a spot of lag anywhere, everything is beautiful.

Anyway I could get my review moved over to the review section?
"Envy Green" Apollo
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2014 at 11:55am
How do you like the Evga card? Any issues with coil whine or anything?
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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2014 at 9:18pm
I'm actually loving the EVGA cards, I've never heard a peep out of them yet, and even after a 7-8 hour gaming fest my temps never rise above the norm. The entire system as a whole is pretty quite, as you can see in the photo's I have it up top on my desk for the world to see, and I don't sit that far away from it at all, and it never gets loud enough for me to notice over the other common noises in the room.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Dec 2014 at 3:26pm
Great photos! Glad to hear you are enjoying your new PC.
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  Quote Angeldeth Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Dec 2014 at 12:20pm
Glad to see you got a good X99 board.  Be sure to watch for the BIOS updates for them as Asus is putting them out pretty regularly since its a new board.  Only issue is that it will wipe your BIOS overclock settings so you will need to document everything before you flash it if you plan to.
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  Quote StealthG6 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Dec 2014 at 11:44pm
Looks really good Dwik, Glad you like it. It seems the Green for Apollo is really catching on. I see you went with the RAZR setup as well got to match of course.

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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Dec 2014 at 10:40am
Green has been my favorite color ever since I can remember, and I've been using Razer gear for years now, since before they were green, back in the blue days lol
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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Jan 2015 at 11:42am
Quick update, been playing Dying Light all week, and it shows off the amazing computer that DS has built so very well. Not that I didn't appreciate my computer before, but traversing Harran's gorgeous cityscape on a 4k display with maxed out graphic settings almost brings a tear to my eye.
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  Quote Dax Doomslayer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Jan 2015 at 3:58pm
Dwik30 - how do you like Dying Light.  I bought it but my machine is so old I won't be able to run it on it (just waiting to get through Feb or so until I put my DS order in).  I'm really curious to hear how you like the game - it looks gorgeous (well as much as undead zombies could look pretty)!
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I like to think of myself as a pretty tough video game critic, I run through most games in no time at all, average time I put into a game is about 8 hrs tops. I'm going on 40 hours in the first week of launch, and I'm still amazed, I'm at like 53% of the story mode finished, and it's a very well written story, keeps you drawn into it from the very beginning. There is always something different to discover, or a different way of doing something, the physics of the game just blow me away, even the weather you can use to your advantage, my mind is still blown. And like you said, it's soooooo beautiful. And that's just during the day, playing at night has honestly had my heart pounding sitting at the edge of my screen, scared, nervous, excited. It's an amazing game, get it when you upgrade your comp. OR if you can't wait, from what I read the ps4 version is graphically not that far off at all from running it maxed out on a pc.
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I challenge you to finish Far Cry 4 in 8 hours even doing only 10% of the optional stuff :)
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Ha! Most games I play, I'm just getting started in 8 hours. Once I start playing a game it takes that long just to figure out what I'm doing and which way I'm going to do it.

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  Quote Dax Doomslayer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Feb 2015 at 9:50am
Definitely looking forward to play Dying Light.  I've got the game sitting right here on my desk now.  Damn real life gets in the way of all the fun things!  I've heard a lot of good things about Far Cry too!
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  Quote misstwiztd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Feb 2015 at 8:35am
Love the rig Dwik, I am looking to purchase one in the coming weeks. My only concern was how I'm going to access my wi-fi. I do not have access to hard wire unless I keep my setup in the living room...which is not happening..and I'm renting right now..so I'can't drill and run wires. How do you like the " PCI-E ASUS PCE-N53" any issues with connectivity at all?

I just want to make sure I go the correct route. I did some research and I am not sure I really want a motherboard that is wi-fi capable, seems a lot of people have had issues with them. I am more interested in a PCI card than a USB adapter, but I thought I'd ask how your experience with it has been before I go that route.

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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Feb 2015 at 6:35pm
I actually have the same issue with not being able to run a hard wire to my rig all the time. The PCI-E is actually really nice, has amazing connectivity, gets better signal than my laptop does. I was also worried about using a wifi capable motherboard, but the motherboard I have is indeed wifi capable, and even though I don't really use it, it always shows full bars even without the external antennae connected to it lol.
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  Quote misstwiztd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Feb 2015 at 7:17am
Oh, great! This is good news to hear. I don't think the motherboard I'm going with is wi-fi capable...I can double check though. Either way I will get the PCI-E and see how it goes, I am glad you are having such a great experience with it, and everything in general!

Also, thanks for the response!
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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 11:04am
GTA V on maxed out settings is beautiful, and really shows off what this beast of a machine is capable of, no lag or stuttering whatsoever in 4k
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  Quote FrankW Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Apr 2015 at 1:22pm
Hi misstwiztd,

The PCI-e card is the way to go but the 802.11n/g/b may not be the best way to do it. Look into a 802.11/AC router and 802.11ac/n PCI-e card for the computer. The speed and distance of the 802.11ac router/PCI-e/ac card is twice as fast as a n level setup. If you are budget limited I would still buy the 802.11ac PCI-e card. It should be backward compatible with a n level router. Then buy the 802.11ac/n router when you can afford it.

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