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Here is my DS review 11/24/08

Post Date: 2008-11-24

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    Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 2:05am

Here is my DS review: 

DECISION TO GO WITH DIGITAL STORM 

I saw a bunch of ads for various computer builders in PC Gamer magazine.  I visited the different websites to compare prices and most of all to see what advice and support they had to offer.  DigitalStorm?  What is that?  I always thought inside the box; Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.  I checked out the DS forums to read about the advices on configurations, troubleshooting tips, and reviews from current and future owners.  I even noticed that DS employees would chime in which was a definite plus.  The more I read, the more I became hooked on having DS build my system.  I spent about two weeks of researching the various builds and pricing and decided on this build:

Chassis: Digital Storm 950Si
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Power Supply: 1000W PC Power & Cooling (Turbo-Cool Edition) (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Extreme QX9650 3.00GHz (1333MHz FSB) (12MB Cache)
Motherboard: nVidia 790i Ultra Core 2 Quad (nForce 790i Ultra SLI) (DDR3 Only)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive 1: 1TB Western Digital (7200 RPM) (16MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
Raid Option: - No Thanks
Hard Drive 3: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x) (LightScribe Edition)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB) (Includes PhysX Technology)
TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: Liquid Chilled FrostBite Dual Loop System for CPU & Dual Video Cards
Internal Lighting: Blizzard Internal Lighting (Blue Edition) (Cold Cathode Tubes)
Modifications: - 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: Dual Boot (Windows XP Professional & Windows Vista Ultimate (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)

ORDER DATE: 10/20/08 – DELIVERY DATE: 11/15/08

During the build process, I was informed by Sarah that my mobo was bad and was replaced.  I was also informed by Randy that the PSU I wanted was out of stock; I opted to wait until DS had it back in which was a couple of days.

PACKAGING AND DELIVERY

I received notification that my rig was shipped on 11/11/08.  I received my rig on 11/15/08 (Saturday).  Mind you, DS is in CA and I reside in FL!  When I heard the doorbell ring, I saw it was the FedEx man and he probably thought I was crazy when I had this gleam in my eye and a wide smile on my face.  He probably thought I was going to jump him as I followed him out to his van!  I carried the box in myself, which further confused the poor guy. 

My rig was well packaged with no scratches or dents.  The really, really neat feature of the packaging of my rig was the expandable foam inside of the case.  The foam kept my cards from popping out.  I pressed on all of the components and all were still seated fine.  I also received a binder with a copy of my order, warranty info, troubleshooting diagrams, OS and recovery discs.   

I hooked up my rig and powered it up with no glitches.  First thing I noticed was none of the clutter you get with the cookie cutter companies; register this and that, etc.    

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If anybody wants a rig that truly stands out from the norm consider DigitalStorm.  Anyone can buy a rig off the shelf, but will you get the personal support which DS provides?  Not to mention current and future owner inputs as well?

DIGITAL STORM TOPS THEM ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

950Si 1000W PSU QX9650 4.0GHz 790i 8GB 1600MHz Dominator DHX 2x GTX 280
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  Quote Thanhphan Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 2:09am
ErmmErmmErmmErmm
Thanks for your review.
it's make me happy,too.
Enjoy your rig!!
warm regards,
 Thanh Phan
 
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  Quote skyR Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 2:15am
beautiful -.^
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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 2:28am
You guys/gals at DS ROCK!  HeartHeartHeartBroke the bank getting this, but already saving up for another rig...be a long while, but know this one will still be humming!!Big%20smileBig%20smileBig%20smile
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 2:30am
Very nice
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  Quote bradesco Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 3:42am
Awesome rig dude with a nice review to follow...
HAF 932
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  Quote MrNanite Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 7:40am
Oh My Lord!  That is a sweet rig.

One day... She will be mine... Oh yes... oh yes...

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  Quote scaner Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Nov 2008 at 6:33pm
YEP VERY NICE BUILD ..HOW ITS WORKS...
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  Quote Costone Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Nov 2008 at 1:46pm
Another sweet rig!
 
Gotta love the TJ09 for its solid construction. Very quiet with a L/C package. Welcome to the club...
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  Quote jtspectra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Nov 2008 at 7:50pm
hey that format looks familiar. VERY NICE. love the computer bro. 
Q9650 @ 4.2Ghz( Liquid Cooled), 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3, GTX280 SLI, VRaptor,HAF 932
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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Nov 2008 at 5:46am
Needless to say, I am very happy with my rig!!!SmileSmileSmile
 
Jt, hope you don't mind about the format!
 
Thanks for the comments guys!!  DS by far surpasses all others in build and service.!
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DS FTW! excellent review btw
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  Quote jtspectra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Dec 2008 at 4:36am
i notice you have the same PSU as me stilk. they didnt use adaptors on your PSU for your GPU's???
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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Dec 2008 at 12:43pm
Is it setup on yours?  If so, maybe cause I have LCing?  Not sure...
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  Quote jtspectra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Dec 2008 at 8:28pm
Looks to me that your version of the PC/PC 1000w had a couple of 6+2 pins to complete your 8 pin connections.

Must of been an updated version of the PSU, cause mine only had 4 6 pins . seems like urs had 2, 6 pins and 2, 6+2 pins . lucky you.
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