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Post Date: 2013-10-04

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    Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:03am
This is a system that has a history, that starts with the Ragged thread. Truly I am partly to blame as I ordered the system in April, before the cases were in stock. But thanks to Alex and his team they were able to take the constant flow of email requests and produce a truly great system.

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Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Hailstorm II Edition
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Over clocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 32GB DDR3 1866MHz Corsair Dominator Platinum DHX (Extreme-Performance)
Power Supply: 1200W Corsair Pro Platinum Series with Corsair Link (CP-9020008-NA) (Quad SLI Compatible)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (480GB Solid State (By: Corsair) (Model: Neutron GTX Series) (SATA 6Gbps)
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (3TB Western Digital/Seagate/Hitachi/Samsung (7200 RPM) (SATA 6Gbps)
Optical Drive 1: ASUS Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs) (Model: BC-12B1ST)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card:Creative Labs Recon3D Fatal1ty Champion 5.1 with front IO
Extreme Cooling:H20: HydroLux Level 3: Digital Storm Exotic Custom Cooling System (2x Video Cards + CPU + Chipset)
H20 Tube Color:Clear Tygon Tubing
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Blue) (Up to 6 Fans)
Airflow Control: Digital Storm HydroLux Thermal Management Control Board & Software
Noise Reduction: Noise Suppression Package Stage 2 (Optimized Airflow & Fan Speeds with Noise Dampening Material)
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Over clock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
OS Boost: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
MISC: HydroLux Control Center
MISC: 90 Degree Compression Fittings
MISC: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Reservoir for Single Laing DDC
MISC: Quick Disconnect for CPU and Video Cards (Black color)
MISC: Remote Controlled LED Lighting System
MISC: LaserMark Service - Graphic (Plexiglass Acrylic Window)
MISC: QTY 3 = XSPC EC6 Coolant Blue UV
MISC: RayStorm CPU WaterBlock (Intel) with blue LEDs
MISC: Black Plexi Panel on the bottom to hide PSU/Wiring
MISC: XSPC Photon 270 Reservoir w/blue LED
MISC: Blue Color - Performance-PCs Über 655 modded (D5) water pump
MISC: 5x Corsair SP120 High Static Pressure Fans
MISC: 4x Corsair AF140 Quiet Fans
MISC: XSPC Razor SLI Flow Bridge
MISC: 2x XSPC Razor GTX Titan GPU Backplate
MISC: 2x XSPC Razor GTX Titan water
MISC: Individually Sleeved AX(i) ATX 24 pin (Gen 2),Blue
MISC: Professionally sleeved DC Cable Kit Type 3 (Gen 2) Blue
MISC: add extra 1 year warranty due to case delay
MISC: 1 year warranty extension
MISC: 2 480 MM Radiators
MISC: 1 240 MM
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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:09am
The Transportation of the system was freight this time around, (it was Fed-Ex last time) and while the rig stayed in apparent good shape, you can't help but see boot marks on top of the box. It was delivered by Crystal Freight as they handle the NY metro area.

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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:16am
The Delivery company called and they were very nice, the driver was within 30 min. and would I be there to accept the drop off. I confirmed all was a go and the truck driver, a little nervous at parking on the street (ticket zone) asked where to drop it. outside only! Well it was his lucky day as he got no tickets and he dropped off the box near the freight door.
 
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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:22am
After a "hi-ho silver away" he was gone and I had the good fortune to run into the building supervisor on my way out the door. He, and a helper managed to get the rig on a dolly and roll it into the building and up the elevator to my apartment. My grateful thanks and two Alexander Hamilton notes smoothed everything out.
 
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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:26am
I have to admit, I was nervous opening the box as it had some wear and tear on it. But all was good. I Had to wait to get help getting the thing out of the box and standing upright. Easily 100 Kg.

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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:31am
So, after unpacking and basking in it's glory, I untaped and prepared to power up. Here is a picture of the inside:


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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:38am
It looked, as you can see, that Alex and his team did a great job. Making all the parts I had come  across fit. When I powered it up for the first time, it was nothing short of amazing! Watching all the little bubbles being chased around as the pumps came on and basking in it's glow of pure awesomeness.

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Here is a view from the front:

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Here is a view of the back, all cables bundled together. (makes for a difficult fit for the panel):

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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 7:54am
All I can say to this rebuild is "Job well done". The Hydolux software is giving me some growing pains. As the system cools down the fans come on and off in what sounds like an unhealthy cycle. I can turn it to performance and let it run or bypass the Hydrolux software completely. I will use the large RAM pool to create a RAM Drive to play with. The machine runs very fast and is very quiet. Good work to all at Digital Storm. This Phoenix of a machine has risen better than before!

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Here she sits:


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Sweet looking rig! DS does build some awesome machines!!
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 10:54am
@Subxero,

Great review! Glad to hear you love the PC. The HydroLux software can turn the fans practically off if your temps are really low, to keep it as quiet as possible. If you would like the fans to stay on, turning on to "Performance" will do the trick.
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  Quote Meller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 11:20am
Sub! You gotta move the PC to the other side!!  That way you can see the inside haha.

Love the blue.  No offense to anyone, as it is their PC and really their opinion on appearance is all that matters... but god I'm so glad you did that sexy blue instead of the typical red.  (Even I have a Red and Black system and wish I would have went say blue).  Seriously... that blue looks freaking amazing.
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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Oct 2013 at 1:30pm
Originally posted by Meller

Sub! You gotta move the PC to the other side!!  That way you can see the inside haha.

Love the blue.  No offense to anyone, as it is their PC and really their opinion on appearance is all that matters... but god I'm so glad you did that sexy blue instead of the typical red.  (Even I have a Red and Black system and wish I would have went say blue).  Seriously... that blue looks freaking amazing.

I've always been partial to blue. The red seems over done (pardon the pun). Blue looks cool & peaceful...Cool
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Normally I'm a "blue" person as well, but when I was building my rig, I guess I just wanted something different for myself...

Edited by fstcvc - 04 Oct 2013 at 10:31pm
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It looks so awesome!!!! Love all the mods you had DS do. Just spectacular. And what a work of art. DS is one hell of a company and you certainly made incredible choices. So envious.

Oh yeah I really love the clear tubing. Looks cool with the blue fluid. Hmmm





The blue looks so cool. I do love my red and blue in my system. The blue sleeving in mine just looks cool with the red I think. Next time I'm doing orange and green.     

Edited by oldlady RPGer - 05 Oct 2013 at 12:22pm
Me sitting my ECMO in PICU. Now you know why I like LQ. ;)

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  Quote ChrisKirkman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Nov 2013 at 7:26pm
Im getting a hydrolux But IDK if I should go blue green or orange
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Great looking rig. I'm jelly.
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  Quote ChrisKirkman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Nov 2013 at 10:20am
Wait how do you get the option for clear tubing with blue liquid? I cannot find that in the config.
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  Quote fstcvc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Nov 2013 at 9:18am
Originally posted by ChrisKirkman

Wait how do you get the option for clear tubing with blue liquid? I cannot find that in the config.

Custom request. DS can add anything you want even if it's not listed.

Both Subxero & myself requested to have XSPC water blocks added to our builds (among other special items!). I know you're going through many different configurations trying to find the right fit. My build process took nearly 3 months to complete due to changes and custom parts.

Here's my build story...

And here's my review...
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Congratulations on your new rig. It looks insane. Nice blue color and black case.
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Beautiful! Congratulations!
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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Nov 2013 at 6:15am
Thanks for the positive reviews. Like fstcv I have a long history with this system that goes back quite away. To Clarify, the Hydrolux system can be a single color or change as your systems temperature climbs. In retrospect I should have researched a pump and reservoir that wouldn't have interfered with the drive cages so much. Currently I use between 12-16 GB of data as my camera is a beast at 18 MP. &  I turn over a lot of photos and video files to clients. The Dual Titans and 6 core CPU rip through projects in seconds instead of hours.
Word of warning, spec your build and ship the special parts to be assembled. The cost of DS doing the buying of items not in the build list is a very large markup. Other than that, Alex was very considerate and answered my emails at all hours and even Sundays! I will probably look to sell this system before too long and get the next generation CPU, Motherboard & GPUs. The system is very quiet and very powerful. Not to mention pretty! I was surprised to find no clear tubing in their stock, as well as the blue fluid. Red seems very popular for some reason.Cool
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that is one bad and huge looking system. enjoy
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