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    Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 6:38am
Hey Everyone, here is my review. Borrowing some structure from Evil's review.

Specs
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Black OPS Aventum
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Not Available
Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 3970X 3.5GHz (Six-Core) (Extreme Performance)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 32GB DDR3 2133MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1500W Silverstone (Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 2x (256GB Solid State (By: Samsung) (Model: 840 Pro Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: Configure HDD Set 1 to a Raid 0 Config - Stripe Performance (Requires Two HDDs)
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 2x (256GB Solid State (By: Samsung) (Model: 840 Pro Series)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks <b></b>
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 8x / CD-Writer 8x) (Slim Slot Loading Edition)
Optical Drive 2: - Not Available
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 3x SLI Triple (NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: Digital Storm Aventum Liquid Cooling System: CPU + Video Cards + Chipset
H20 Tube Color: Copper Custom
Chassis Airflow: Digital Storm Aventum Automatic Response to Excess-Heat System (ARES)
Internal Lighting: Digital Storm Aventum RGB LED Lighting System

Let me just start by saying, this is probably the most satisfied I have ever been with a purchase.

Design and Engineering

The Aventum II chassis is absolutely gorgeous and massive. I underestimated this at least three fold. 

1.The design is well engineered. This thing is heavy. I was unable to lift by myself and I am a big guy. Just feels solid. Really like the built in thumb screws.

2. The hard drive bays are once again pure steel construction and pull out for simple installation If in the future you add more hard drives.

3. Love where the disc drive is along with the extra usb ports.

4. There are 22 fans keeping it cool and so far on full load I have just got to 60 degrees Celsius. It isnt loud by any means.

5. Love the window on the side. It is like being able to look into the belly of the beast.

All in all the build quality is top notch.

Components and Ingenuity
Now I am talking about the components that are in my PC.

Okay first thing first Every parts that I have inspected is of high quality and the leading parts of all the well known respectful companies.

1. As another reviewer said nothing but the best Bitspower fittings from the top to the bottom on the Aventum II.

2 XSPC's Latest Flagship Radiators "Raystorm"

3. I have a triple loop (please correct me if I am wrong) and you can see how beautiful that is in the pics. The copper piping is a great option and competitively priced at $500

4. Swifttech Water blocks and full cover EK GPU water blocks.

Most companies in the industry will try to cut cost where they can to make that extra dollar. Seems to me as if DS went the extra mile to have quality components as their standard components.

My personal Experience
Last but not least the customer experience was the finest Ive had, and I also reiterate that as a returning DS customer. Big shout out to Alex who was literally there with me at every stage. I think we finished with 108 emails. He answered every question within hours and most times, minutes. Big shout out to the build team, who also called me twice. 

Performance so far
Well I am a big total war guy. Thousands of little troops doing my biding. I also mod the game to have well over 60 thousand little people on screen. My old rig, though able to handle most things was beginning to struggle.

As I said earlier this is where I threw everything at the Aventum II. It peaked at 60celsius as if to say; "Good sir, that is all the crumpets you brought with you?...for I have a much larger appetite"

I really thought if I threw everything, Id find a way to slow it down. I was wrong, and thats fine with me.

Concerns
1.During the build DS thought that they might not be able to do the chipset cooling. Alex basically saved the day there and snapped his fingers and it was done. To me at this stage Alex is the guy who just gets things done.

2. I think everyone worries about shipping. I had it shipped freight and that was one of the best decisions. That crate is solid. It is on a pallet and strapped down. That piece of mind was big to me.

3. I had mentioned in another forum that I was worried about about an inch drop in my coolant levels. (not shown in recent pics but working on it). I think, as another member said this is the system settling. Looked at Evil's rig and in later pics I see same drop. I will keep an eye on this.

4. Just having time to be with it. I told my wife "we had a good run, but Ive updraded". That didnt go well.

Any questions, and Id be happy to answer em.

with out further ado the Pics.

















Edited by bally7 - 24 Aug 2013 at 6:41am
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 7:08am
A Big, Congrats on a dynamite rig.  Awesome
 
Real nice review and the pics tell the story.    Thanks.  We never tire of them. 
 
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 7:31am
Awesome review, that rig sure is a beauty.
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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 8:22am
Very nice! Thank you for posting the pictures and the review. Good luck with your campaigns, now you just need to work on strategy and diplomacy. One with a computer another with your spouse! Enjoy your super system.
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  Quote fstcvc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 8:45am
That is one awesome piece of machinery, right there!

Thanks for the pics and review! The shipping box it enormous! Even though I've mocked up the size on mine, I think I'll be just as surprised when it arrives!

Have fun and enjoy your new toy!
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  Quote forrest74 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 12:06pm
Originally posted by bally7

Just having time to be with it. I told my wife "we had a good run, but I've upgraded." That didn't go well.

LOL, I can relate to that.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 1:22pm
That is an awesome review. Thank you for taking photos and all of the kind words!
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  Quote bally7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Aug 2013 at 6:41pm
No problem Alex!

Im trying to think of games that I have that could give it a run for its money.

But maybe those games dont exist
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Congrats man, enjoy it Awesome
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  Quote danjw1 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Aug 2013 at 6:36am
Originally posted by bally7

3. I had mentioned in another forum that I was worried
about about an inch drop in my coolant levels. (not shown in recent pics but working on it). I think, as another member said this is the system settling. Looked at Evil's rig and in later pics I see same drop. I will keep an eye on this.


My understanding is that it takes time for all the air to come out of the system, so this is normal.

Beautiful rig! I hope you kill lots of bad guys on it! ;-)
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  Quote Tio Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Aug 2013 at 9:48am
Ahhhh bally my friend you have one AWESOME rig goin their man. My most sincere Congratulations to you and your "Upgrade" (lmao yeah I bet that didn't go over well ya noob) I know how you are feeling and I to just sit there and look at mine for hours at a time
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  Quote Meller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Aug 2013 at 10:03am
No you're right, Danjw1. Especially when you have systems shipped, air bubbles get caught in the radiators. It's not uncommon to see drops in your res.

To help this process speed along, it's actually a very good idea to "lean" your case, back and forth to help get those micro bubbles escape from the radiators.

Gently give it a Good lean to it's right, then to it's left. Then lean it forward, and then lean it back. You won't be doing any harm to your system. Won't be putting any extra stress on the pump(s) or anything. Just a good 45 degree lean or less.

Micro bubbles, won't really hurt though. We're talking maybe a few degree's max, but air bubbles aren't meant to be there.  Any time I refill my system, I spend the day getting bubbles out.  It can take anywhere from a few hours to 2-3 days.. a week max if you tend to your system to get rid of them.
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  Quote Evil_intentions Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Aug 2013 at 5:37pm
Awesome man Grats on the AV II brother welcome to the family. I'm flattered you worked off of my review by all means. @Meller lifting this beast to 45 degrees is a feat I should say lol.

Only one thing that is annoying me is this Confused

I have asked DS "Alex" when the videos will be up so the Aventum II owners will have videos showing us how to take apart this copper cooling system if need be. This is going well on 2 months now...

So i ask again "Alex" when will Aventum II Owner's see these videos you promised we would have to reference these beast of systems. Cry

I have always built my own PC's but this cooling system and these fittings i would like to know how we remove them if need be. I do not want to just tinker around and mess something up. I would like to know the professional way to do so. "Videos"

Thank you and sorry for Hi jacking Bally but this Benefits you as well buddy.

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  Quote Meller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Aug 2013 at 6:33pm
I hear ya. My 900D is loaded up. I just redid my cooling system. Two 480mm rad's, 240mm, and a 120mm. Dual Res/pump as I run two loops with three cards.  You don't have to do a full 45 degree's, but leaning more than just a little will help so much with bleeding your system.

Don't want air bubbles getting into your pump or water blocks ;)
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  Quote bally7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Aug 2013 at 5:29am
Originally posted by Evil_intentions

Awesome man Grats on the AV II brother welcome to the family. I'm flattered you worked off of my review by all means. @Meller lifting this beast to 45 degrees is a feat I should say lol.

Only one thing that is annoying me is this Confused

I have asked DS "Alex" when the videos will be up so the Aventum II owners will have videos showing us how to take apart this copper cooling system if need be. This is going well on 2 months now...

So i ask again "Alex" when will Aventum II Owner's see these videos you promised we would have to reference these beast of systems. Cry

I have always built my own PC's but this cooling system and these fittings i would like to know how we remove them if need be. I do not want to just tinker around and mess something up. I would like to know the professional way to do so. "Videos"

Thank you and sorry for Hi jacking Bally but this Benefits you as well buddy.

Evil










Hey Evil,
How is your system going for you?


Edited by bally7 - 27 Aug 2013 at 5:30am
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  Quote Evil_intentions Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 2:53am
Yeah it runs fine just would like videos of how to take apart this copper tubing but it seems there still are no videos months after i first asked.
Yours running alright?
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 3:27am
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Yeah it runs fine just would like videos of how to take apart this copper tubing but it seems there still are no videos months after i first asked. Yours running alright?



Other than asking on here did you e-mail Alex and ask him if they would make videos?
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  Quote bally7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 5:01am
Originally posted by Evil_intentions

Yeah it runs fine just would like videos of how to take apart this copper tubing but it seems there still are no videos months after i first asked.
Yours running alright?



Oh, its running like a dream! Big%20Smile
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  Quote oldlady RPGer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 9:28am
WOW Bally what a rig!!!! Beautiful.
Now I just gotta ask how about some pics of the lights inside?
You know the total setup man. How's it looks in da dark?

Yup when I buy another monster rig from DS I will crate ship. That looks great.

We had to replace all our AC and heating systems in our house last week. The repair/installers who came loved my Syndicate. I told them for what we paid for AC I could have gotten 2 dream machines from DS. That's when my hubby chimed in and said that I was nuts because we already have 3 DS systems and only two of us live here!! I understand your wife.

As for games? Forget it your system can kick ass on ANYTHING!



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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 11:02am
Originally posted by Evil_intentions

Yeah it runs fine just would like videos of how to take apart this copper tubing but it seems there still are no videos months after i first asked. Yours running alright?



Creating such videos will take some time, it's going to be a process we want to do just right. Until then, if you need any help with your system in terms of maintenance, feel free to contact our team. We can help you with anything.
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  Quote bally7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Sep 2013 at 3:28pm
Yay, I made the review section Strong
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Sweet, sweet rig!  Yeah, the nickel plated piping is beautiful, and that slim, low-profile drive is very cool.  A clean, simple front panel is definitely a good look.   I really like the EK video card water blocks.  Getting those on my Hailstorm II that's at stage 4 now.  Really wish the full plated piping was offered for it, but white with black fittings will look rather good, I think.   
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