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Post Date: 2009-02-12

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    Posted: 12 Feb 2009 at 11:26pm
Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 3X SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports Triple SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1333MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260+ 896MB (216 Streams) (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Cooler Master V8 (Compatible With i7 Processors)
Liquid Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a H20: Stage 3 Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Yes, Overclock the processor as much as possible with complete stability
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Windows Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit Edition) (For Enthusiasts)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: McAfee Internet Security (Includes: AntiVirus, FireWall and AntiSpyware)
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Pre-Install Game: - No Thanks
LCD Display: Acer 22 inch (Widescreen) (Black) (High-Performance Gaming Display)
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

Some very nice packing!



A shot of the inside, sooooo much room in there!



the monitor (I need a much larger desk just have no room for one right now )



bigger is better!



So first off I wanna thank DST4ME for all the help, if he had not responded to my post I might have went with a dell or something like that

Review:

So after countless hours looking at random and big computer company's and talking on many forums with no real help one night I decided to just type in gaming computers and look at what I find. Thats when I came across a company called digital storm. At first glance I think digital what....

What does digital storm mean, maybe its just another computer company flashy lights, limited choices and no idea whats really in that big glowing machine. I thought lots of money and no idea whats inside that huge machine. But I was shockingly wrong this time. I figure well guess I will configure another to pricey dream machine through my poor connection and slowly dieing dell.

I was amazed at all the choices you could actually see what was inside the monster and the price of each part. I then went through a few builds and did what I normally do, compare prices to other places like dell ect. Well the price of a lesser version of the computer I had configured at dell was allmost twice as much and only a 1 year waranty

So I was convinced right away that either this was a scam or I had just found the best deal, best configuration, best site, and best computer company of all time. I then went to the forums cause I knew what I wanted just am not very computer savy. I figured I would post something and get no real responses or help but was shocked that I got a response and it was not even from a ds employee and he helped me more than anyone! (DST4ME)

So I then came to hope this was not a scam and had to wait for uncle sam to give me my money back so I could buy the pc without ny wife going nuts over 2.5 grand. Then the day came and I typed in my ticket number and place my order piece if cake!

Few hours later phone rang and james let me know they did not have the memorey I wanted but could go with a few other options and was no big deal and talked to me more like a friend rather than a car salesman. I also called them a few times for random things like to change some billing stuff and just to ask how the pc was doing and they allways helped right away with no wait time!

The only hard time I had from buying my pc was the wait, way too long but when it did arrive I was about ready to go nuts and our baby daughter could even tell we were excited when we heard the knock at the door and me and my wife both jumped up. On the package was even a big sticker saying please make sure to ask for id of last name "blah" befor you give package (of course the fedex guy did not but at least ds did their part!)

Got the computer set up in no time and had total war on and playing it for the first time and it ran like a charm (had bought it a year ago and could not play it due to poor computer)

So overall I found out that ds is not a scam and I will allways use them for any computer needs!

I give them a perfect 10/10 and thank you DS and sorry for the long review but im very happy with the computer!

oh and I have not seen if I can 5 box on wow yet but im sure I can and will find out in a few
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  Quote PatrickB Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Feb 2009 at 11:59pm
Whats your OC speed???

Very nice rig and review!!
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oc speed is 3.33 temps run about 40-60
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 1:08am
It was a pleasure helping you xsss

your PC looks great and ready to grow with you over the years, you got a OC of 3.33, and with your temps it looks like you have room to push it if you liked, however at 3.33GHz you are faster then a 965 3.2GHz

Your PC looks great and as you said it yourself, plenty of room to grow if the need ever rises
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  Quote xsss Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 1:27am
one thing I noticed on my temps is vreg runs about 68 not under load. im guessing vreg is voltage regulator? and is it ok that its running hotter than everything else?

also whats a good fan speed can I do like 90?

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what is your temp under load? yes voltage regulator.

80 90 is good

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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 7:24am
Great pictures and a very good review!!!!
 
Your old Dell looks just like my Dimension 8000 P4/HT.  I look forward to getting my new HAF 932 to put beside it too.
HAF 932 i7 920 OC 3.60 V8
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  Quote thorndike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 9:15am
 
Great pictures!!!
 
Especially the one with HAF and Dell side to side.  My current 7 yrs+ dell looks just like that!
 
I am also a huge TW fan.  Looks like you are ready for the release of Empire Total War in March. -  Navy battles!
 
 
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  Quote xsss Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 9:58am
yeah thats going to be a awsome game!

and my dell is also around 7+ years old lol I could not believe how big the computer was and heavy its a monster for sure.

temps under load are around 60 ganna see how 5 instances of wow runs today but having issues installing wotlk (not computer related)
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Congratulations Xsss!!!   Great looking system bro! Awesome overclock, too. Smoking a stock 965 for a fraction of the price! Sweet deal! Ermm

I really like the look and size of that case. You could park a car in there. If it were quieter, I would definitely have bought that one, too. Looks mean and nasty. Oh well, stuck with a 950Si because they told me it was the quietest case. That fits my needs more these days. I'm boring, I know.

Now you have me even more excited that mine is on the way. Heart
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  Quote Wolfie Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 12:59pm
Nice Rig Xsss -
 
   Let me know what trouble you have with WoTLK install and how you solve it.  I am wary of installing WOW on my new machine when it arrives also.
 
   Looks like many of US here have the same OLD Dell.  LOL  Can't really complain mine is almost 8 years old and still runs.  You will see it (in pics) next to my DS when it arrives. 
 
   Enjoy your new monster.   Ouch
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  Quote BillDempsey Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 2:44pm
I have an antique E-Machine in a corner (wife's first machine) that looks exactly like that Dell - makes me wonder if Dell was the real manufacturer.
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  Quote Sarah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 3:03pm
Hey man, let me know how that 5 boxing of wow goes. I run two instances of wow on my little not at all power system so im guessing your system will handle 5 instances of wow no problem but im curious to know how it goes.
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  Quote xsss Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Feb 2009 at 6:19pm
yeah I will let you know, finally able to download wotlk client so hopefully it works this time. For some reason the last few times I tried it said something about not being able to read info from the net blah blah. Musta been a problem on their end I suppose.

Oh and this computer makes less noise than the dell did, sounds like a very low power fan running. Not even as loud as a fan on low speed.



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I have been forwarding this post to all my friends at work since it is pretty much the same configuration that I bought.  Everybody is super impressed.  You did an excellent job with your pictures.  I am now having to reconfigure the desk configuration since I suddenly realized how big this beast really is and it is arriving Tuesday.

Edited by Onkel_Ken - 13 Feb 2009 at 10:50pm
HAF 932 i7 920 OC 3.60 V8
EVGA GTX Titan SC 6GB VRAM
RAM 12GB Corsair Vengeance
1KW Corsair PS 300GB VelociRaptor
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Yep nice rig,and review to..WOW!!
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haha so tonight I found one problem the 2 little blue lights on the front, they are so bright!

me and my wife were laying on the bed watching a movie and the 2 blue lights were right in my path, thought I was getting abducted by aliens and the light beam was raining down lol.
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put a piece of tape over it, I got an thermaltake extended PSU on one of my PCs and it has one these blue lights, I think i would travel miles if nothing blocked it
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haha yeah I put black wiring tape on it.
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  Quote xsss Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Feb 2009 at 7:37pm
well its been a week and so far I have ran

warhammer
world of warcraft
mount and blade
sims (my wifes game )
total war

all on max settings have 10 boxxed on wow but im sticking to 5 boxing since its not such a pain. Mount and blade my old computer could only run a battle size of 100 now I can do 1000+ with no errors on any game.

Very happy with this computer so far and I feel like I made out great rather than feeling like I blew 2.5 grand.

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ErmmThat's great news, xsss!
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