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Post Date: 2010-11-07

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    Posted: 07 Nov 2010 at 10:25am
Finally I have got the time to sit and write my DS Review... Big%20Smile

First things First - Why DS?
I am from Australia and am living in the US for 3 years on an Exchange Program with the USN. I had not heard of DS in
Australia so I ended up searching for gaming computers and this one came up. I have been reading the forums now for
about 16 months and have always found everyone to be super nice and very quick to answer any questions regardless of
how dumb they might sound. Essentially it was an easy decision when all the reviews, all the camaraderie and superb
craftsmanship of these systems are all well and truly above any other.Awesome

What my system is used for:
75% gaming, 25% Networking movies, music, pictures through my laptop onto the big screen LCD downstairs

People to Thank:
I must thank Ender for his great guide... Not only the buying guide but all the other tech guides he has put together. I have
learned a great deal from them and will be able to keep this system running great for as long as possible because of this
help. Also to Alex and Sarah who updated me throughout as my Stage 4 took a bit longer than expected due to some
unforeseen GPU issues.

Shipping: This shipping of this beast is amazing. DS has really come out with the goods here. There is nothing spared in
sending you a rig that could be made of glass and still make it to you in one piece.

The Rig Itself: One word... FANTASTIC!!! The HAF case is unreal (as everyone who has one will attest too). I am so glad that
I had forked out the extra dollars right away for the SSD... And the dual 470s is just a treat (this is the first time that I have had
a rig with SLI). The fans are quiet enough (even the GPU ones when under full load with MSI) to the point where the 5.1 surround
sound will wash out that noise Big%20Smile

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master HAF 932
Processor: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 SLI 3 Edition (Intel X58 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s) (Model: 131-GT-E767)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Digital Storm Certified (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Highly Recommended)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (80GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: X25-M MLC Edition) (Extreme Performance)
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1.5TB Seagate Barracuda (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache)
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Noctua NH-U12P SE Dual 120mm Fans High Performance Cooler (i7 Processors Only)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
CPU Boost: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Pre-Install Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Medium)
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Here is my timeline for the build:
Stage 1: 10/1
Stage 2: 10/1
Stage 3: 10/2
Stage 4: 10/4
Stage 5: 10/27 (longer delay due to some GPU issues)
Stage 6: 10/28
Stage 7: 10/29
Received: 11/5

Here are my overclock numbers:
Processor Speed GHz: 3.9
CPU Multiplier: 22
Voltage CPU VCore: 1.3875
VDroop Control: Yes
i7 - BCLK MHz: 179
i7 - Voltage QPI\DRAM:
i7 - Voltage QPI\PLL:
i7 - Voltage CPU VTT: 175

Great Packaging



This case is HUGE!!!






I love not having wires everywhere...


I love the blue lighting... Wish I had gotten more cathodes... Either some more blue ones and
 a few red ones as well... Might just add some later!








Edited by AussieJT - 07 Nov 2010 at 10:56am
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  Quote jelsin Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Nov 2010 at 6:38pm
Awesome pic's!
I'm looking forward to mine, I have the same case + the blue cathode light as well. I think I might change out the front red fan for another color and possibly add an extra green cathode.
Congrats and have fun gaming!
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Nov 2010 at 10:51pm
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  Quote maxyme Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Nov 2010 at 10:53pm
wow that looks awesome!!! glad your enjoying it!

you have no clue how jealous i am.
the cathodes look awesome too
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  Quote rholyrag Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Nov 2010 at 10:13am
Great looking rig!  Thanks for the review and pics!
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  Quote bgwilly31 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Nov 2010 at 1:42pm
Such a clean set-up!
 
I want mine nowwwCry
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Nov 2010 at 12:08am
Awesome review!

Are things still going good now that its had some "wear and tear"? Smile
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  Quote AussieJT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Nov 2010 at 5:58pm
Have had nothing but good things to say about it ever since I plugged it in... All my games (SCII, MoH LE and Empire Total War for the most part) have been running great on max settings and my temps are great. I have not started to OC the video cards yet - just have not found the time!
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  Quote WardTheSteak Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Nov 2010 at 10:35pm
Gratz on the rig!  How often do you play MoH?
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  Quote sand_rat_1o1 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Nov 2010 at 8:24am
Gratz good lookin rig  cant waite to get mineExcitedi have been in stage 8 since i ordered!!!
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  Quote AussieJT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Nov 2010 at 4:53pm
@ Ward - Not nearly enough... I have started playing the single player which is awesome but with a 12 week old and the USN work I maybe play a few hours a week! Then there's all the other games to test this rig out - I just cannot stick to one game in particular
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  Quote WardTheSteak Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Nov 2010 at 2:09am
Haha darn, I was gonna see if you wanted to hit up some multiplayer some time, but sounds like you got a stiff schedule there :p
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  Quote duffs Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Nov 2010 at 9:48am
that computer looks amazing I LOVE How they wire there machines THE BEST! 
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
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  Quote wicxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2010 at 11:34am
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  Quote ablahblah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2010 at 11:01pm
Nice, clean looking station ya got there! Congratz on your rig Awesome
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