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Hailstorm II: PcKiller's Review

Post Date: 2014-08-05

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    Posted: 05 Aug 2014 at 9:33am
I know this review has been long overdue, but with the SLI troubles, it took awhile to get the SLI setting somewhat right. Plus none of this is DS fault, I just have to play my games in window mode full screen. And I wanted to wait til I got my new 27 inch monitor. Now that I have my system altogether now, I can tell you all what I think about my Digitalstorm Gaming Pc.

Lets start with the Corsair Obsidian Series 900D Black Aluminum ATX Super Tower Computer Case. As I had said in another post, this case is huge in all three ways, height, lenght, width. Oh, and this bad boy is heavy too. But this allows you plenty of room for anything you could want to install in it.
Now I have a full water cooling loop inside with some really big hoses, which is very good thing IMHO. They let the coolant run faster thru the system to keep everything cooler.

Below is a screenshot of the temps of my dual SLI GTX 780's temps while running Skyrim at 2560 by 1440 and max settings.



As you can see they never went above 42C, which to me is awesome. Now I do have 2 big Rads inside this case, both are 420MM long, and each has it's own push/pull setup. That is 12 fans there alone. Believe it or not, the PC is still pretty quiet. What is really good, is the case is all metal, so it will last a longtime. And lets not forget the fan filters as there are 5 of them. And they work very well, as my PC is in my basement on an older rug than the rest of the house. It is also cooler down there too, and yes I have whole house AC.

Now the lights inside the case are really cool, as they change a number of different colors, and have different action settings. They really do show off the inside of the tower. There is not that much you cannot see, save the PSU, and bottom Rad, they have their own compartment. Also, you have to love the back lite metal plate they put between the two sections of this tower stating Digital Storm custumized systems. I have two fav colors. The one is the Blood red color which goes with the red tubing, and the other is like a very lite blue which really lights up the inside of the super tower for better viewing .

Now, there are some games that play nice with SLI. They just happen to be the newer games made. What can I say about the graphics, they are awesome with this new monitor.

Everything is clean, crisp, and colorful. The hunter is a good game to see the GTX780s in action. They render the forest very well, even with everything maxed out.

Now for the ethernet that came on my MB, I have noticed a big incrase in speeds both up/down. And you know that makes me happy as I now get three times the speed.

And I have to say something about the wiring job they did. It is so nice and well put together, I doubt they could have done it any better.











One final word about this DS gaming PC, I LOVE IT! lol

Hoped you like.

PcKiller

Edited by PcKiller - 07 Aug 2014 at 6:18am
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  Quote Eggy Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2014 at 12:46pm
Congrats on a beautiful setup and kickass rig. Hopefully will be adding a similar one myself in the couple of months!
 
Have you gotten an actual weight, by chance? What would you guess it to be? I'm thinking around 70-80 lbs fully loaded, but not sure what to expect. Probably a 2-person lift job?
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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2014 at 2:09pm
Eggy,

I would say 70 pounds.
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  Quote Dav Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Aug 2014 at 2:54pm
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Aug 2014 at 8:49pm
Awesome system, glad to hear you love it!
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Aug 2014 at 5:27pm
Awesome PC Killer!!, I have had my rig for 1 year and 10 months and it has been working perfectly, I am glad that I chose the best decision of my life. Your rig is awesome and it has nice features.

Enjoy your rig





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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Aug 2014 at 5:36pm
Thanks Jog. I love this rig.
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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Sep 2015 at 12:49pm
it has been over a year now since I have had this beast, and it is still running great.

Edited by PcKiller - 15 Oct 2015 at 12:25pm
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Congrats.    You done good.
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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 12:39pm
Added third 780. Forgot about this review when I made the other post.
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 10 Dec 2015 at 1:21pm
Hi PcKiller,
When you are able to unglue yourself from your tri-sli setup, how about some picsExcited? Bet it looks nice with 3 cards.StrongEnjoy.Awesome
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  Quote kiass Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Dec 2015 at 3:50am
Great job, mate. You can make your own game trainers with such talent.

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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Aug 2016 at 8:21am
Two years old now, and still running great. Just blow it out every so often, that is all.
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PcKiller, you ol' truck drivin' man... how you doing? Glad to hear the machine is still keeping on.
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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Aug 2016 at 4:14am
Originally posted by Snaike

PcKiller, you ol' truck drivin' man... how you doing? Glad to hear the machine is still keeping on.


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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Dec 2023 at 6:17am
This rig is still running great! the only problem I had was from when windows 10 needed to be reinstalled. Other than that this beast is still smoothly with everything set to max.

Been a good number of years since I bought it, but I don't recall exactly when it was. Am thinking about 10 years now.

Edited by PcKiller - 18 Dec 2023 at 6:18am
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Hey PcKIller, thank you for keeping us updated. I'm sure you still have some years of use left if you upgrade the gpu. At least until W10 is dropped.

DS makes very good and reliable systems. I have bought a few of them! All working great!

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  Quote PcKiller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Dec 2023 at 6:22am
I am planning on buying a new Digital Storm PC very soon, Here are the specs.

Specifications:

My new gaming PC is going to be this,

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Lynx
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5-14600KF (5.3 GHz Turbo) (20-Thread) (14-Core) 3.5 GHz (14th Gen)
Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z790-P D5 (Wi-Fi) (Intel Z790 Chipset) (Up to 3x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI) (DDR5)
System Memory: 32GB DDR5 6000MHz Kingston FURY Beast RGB
Power Supply: 850W Digital Storm Performance Series (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
Optical Drive: External USB - DVD/CD 8x Multi-Drive (Writes and Reads DVDs, CDs
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (2TB Samsung 990 PRO) (NVM Express)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 4080 16GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Triple Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Digital Storm Performance Series (RGB Fans)
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled Advanced LED Lighting System (Multiple RGB Color Modes)
CPU Boost: Turbo Boost Technology
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 11 Home (64-Bit)
Recovery Tools: USB Drive - Windows Installation (Format and Clean Install) <br><strong></strong>
Virus Protection: Windows Defender Antivirus (Built-in to Windows)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)

I did remove everything I left blank.

Thanks to Juan for your help.

Edited by PcKiller - 21 Dec 2023 at 10:18pm
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