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Post Date: 2020-01-11

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    Posted: 11 Jan 2020 at 5:59pm
Hi all,

I generally build my own pc's and my current rig is about 5 years old now and running a RX480. This time around i was thinking of going the prebuilt route and have some friends who recommended Digital Storm.

I've always owned a desktop, but i was looking at perhaps picking up the Avon with a second SSD as my main computer this time around. I'd primarily hook it up to a docking station(which i'd appreciate help picking one out) routed to a 2560x1440 monitor or 2. Laptops specs are:

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Avon 17.3 Inch Laptop (Model: DSAV1720709750H)
Display: 17.3 Inch Full HD (IPS Display) (144Hz Refresh) (1920x1080) (Matte)
Screen Calibration: - No Thanks
Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H (6-Core) (Up to 4.5GHz)
Thermal Compound: Premium CPU and GPU Thermal Compound
Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Drive 1: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)
Storage Drive 2: 1x SSD M.2 (1TB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Wireless Card: Intel Wireless-AC 9560 (Gigabit Wi-Fi) + Bluetooth 5.0
Graphics Card(s): NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB (VR Ready)

What's the communities thoughts on that Avon compared to this Velox build:

Chassis Model: Digital Storm Velox
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7-9700K (4.9 GHz Turbo) (8-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PLUS (Intel Z390 Chipset) (Up to 2x PCI-E Devices) (No SLI Support)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 600W Digital Storm Performance Series (Supports up to an NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Digital Storm M.2 Performance Series)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (2TB Seagate / Toshiba / Hitachi)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Graphics Card(s): 1x Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.7GHz on All CPU Cores
Graphics Boost: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Jan 2020 at 4:50am
Hey valinar, welcome!

The choice between a desktop and a laptop is a very personal one it seems to me. Portability is the most obvious difference, but gaming laptops will rarely outperform desktops, and tend to run very hot because of the enclosed spaces. They have a limited upgrade path, so you often have to replace the whole rig to be happy down the road.

The desktop you have configured is not very much different from the LYNX level 4 Ultimate offered at a much lower price. If you are going to load up on DS parts with one year warranties to save $$, (nothing at all wrong with that, they're not schlock parts!) you are better off with the Lynx at $1579. Slightly better GPU with features the Radeon doesn't have, and not much of a come-down in the CPU. The 9700F will game well for years. IMO, that model compares well with the AVON, and makes the comparison come down to portability and upgradeability.

The Avon is a pretty strong, attractive buy in it's own right, so good luck choosing!
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