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    Posted: 12 Aug 2014 at 5:34pm
Hey guys I am finally getting around to writing my review for my Apollo PC here was my build.
 
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Apollo
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K 3.50 GHz (Codename Devils Canyon) (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z97 (Intel Z97 Chipset) (Onboard Creative Sound)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair CX750M
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x Storage (1TB Western Digital - Black Edition)
Storage Set 2: - No Thanks
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): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H110 280mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Fans: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Green) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Graphics Boost: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: FREE: McAfee AntiVirus Plus (1 Year Service Activation Card) (Not Pre-installed) ($35 Value)

Hey guys I am finally getting around to writing my review for my customized Apollo PC computer.

The Good

There are some concerns I will address later in this review but first off it’s been exactly a week since I hooked up and started playing on my PC and so far it has been working amazingly, I have run Skyrim, Rome II and STO(Star Trek Online) at max settings without a problem and more games to come. I even ran the benchmark on Rome II and was getting 87.1 FPS on ultra. My PC has been running cool nothing overheating or running too hot. I love the way it looks, it almost looks like something out of a sci-fi movie when it is on with all the green fans and lights on. The option to turn up or down the fan on the case is a bonus. I probably could of gotten a bigger power supply which I might upgrade later down the road it’s been working great so far.

 

As for the customer service for this company I would say it is easily an A+ you can watch your PC go through different stages all the way to the secret Stage 7. I was in constant contact with Alex who was a tremendous help who relayed any questions to his technicians and he got back to my emails as quickly as he could even when I am sure I was annoying him.

 

The Bad

Well there is some bad it took longer than estimated which is absolutely fine I wanted them to get it right working fine so there is no problem there. The problem was the laser cut fan that caused a black line on my clear case they informed me before it shipped out, so they removed it at my request and refunded the money. Also I was unaware that the OC video card option atomically qualifies you for a OC version of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 770 cards with the ASUS DirectCU II cards. I actually liked the way the Nvidia cards looked and assumed DS would over clock those with stability in mind and the look of them would of looked great with my green lights. The final issue is the clear door on my case had some buffing marks on them that I could not get off, I assume you will need some pictures Alex I will try and get them to you ASAP I have been busy lately, it could of happened in shipping so I will not blame DS for this yet.

 

But don’t let this dissuade you from buying from DS despite the bad I love my PC and it does looks great and work even better than I expected and it was even bigger than I expected, which is why I just ordered a new desk for it. I will try to get you guys some pictures soon or Alex can provide you all with some pictures; I believe his QA team takes pictures before the computer leaves the building.

 

I will definitely buy from DS again it is well worth the money!

 
 


Edited by StealthG6 - 12 Aug 2014 at 5:39pm
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2x Asus GTX 770 DirectCU II 4GB
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H20: Stage 2: Corsair H110 280mm Radiator
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Congrats on a dynamite rig and Thanks for the review.  AwesomeBig%20Smile
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 10:59am
Hi StealthG6,

Thank you for writing your review. We would love it if you could post pictures of your setup so everyone can see how your system looks!

In regards to the buffing marks on the window, if you can email me photos of that with your order details, we'll do our best to make it perfect, my email is: [email protected]
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  Quote StealthG6 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 13 Aug 2014 at 4:59pm
I will try and get some pictures of it this weekend after I assemble my new desk it's in a odd position right now because I have little room. And I will try and get some pictures of the buffing marks as soon as I can Alex. Thanks for your response!
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  Quote oldlady RPGer Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Aug 2014 at 2:24pm
Awesome! Can't wait to see pics.
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  Quote StealthG6 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2014 at 5:57pm
Apollo
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16GB DDR3 1600MHz
2x Asus GTX 770 DirectCU II 4GB
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z97
H20: Stage 2: Corsair H110 280mm Radiator
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Apollo
i5 4690K 3.50 GHz (Codename Devils Canyon)
16GB DDR3 1600MHz
2x Asus GTX 770 DirectCU II 4GB
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z97
H20: Stage 2: Corsair H110 280mm Radiator
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  Quote StealthG6 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Aug 2014 at 5:59pm

There's some pictures for you guys, and Alex let me know if you got my email about the other thing.

Apollo
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16GB DDR3 1600MHz
2x Asus GTX 770 DirectCU II 4GB
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Aug 2014 at 3:16am
Nice looking rig.

Enjoy.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Aug 2014 at 9:12am
@StealthG6,

I did not get your email? Can you double check the email address? Try sending it only to me directly: [email protected]
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Alright thanks for letting me know I will send it again when I get home from work.
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  Quote StealthG6 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Aug 2014 at 4:49pm
Update!

DS just sent me a new door for some reason it has a small crack by the handle but so did my old one, I did not bring it up to Alex and personally it is something I don't really care that much about, but it is something to take note of Alex if you hear about it from another customer buying an Apollo.

Overall though I love the new door no more buffing marks and it looks great!

Big props to you Alex and the rest of the DS crew!

Edited by StealthG6 - 21 Aug 2014 at 4:50pm
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i5 4690K 3.50 GHz (Codename Devils Canyon)
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Glad to hear, I'll have to look into that, could be a production issue from Corsair.
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Aug 2014 at 12:14am
Originally posted by StealthG6


Big props to you Alex and the rest of the DS crew!
 
Woohoo and grats! .. up and running and all is good.
 
BTW, I ~LOVE~ the green on your machine.  Pushing me one step closer to replacing all my Vanquish II original Blue lights with green with great pics like those.
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  Quote StealthG6 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2014 at 11:13am
Originally posted by Snaike

Originally posted by StealthG6

Big props to you Alex and the rest of the DS crew!


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<FONT style=": #efefef">Woohoo and grats! .. up and running and all is good.

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<FONT style=": #efefef">BTW, I ~LOVE~ the green on your machine.  Pushing me one step closer to replacing all my Vanquish II original Blue lights with green with great pics like those.


Thanks! I just got a RAZR keyboard to match the green with my computer.
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Originally posted by StealthG6

Thanks! I just got a RAZR keyboard to match the green with my computer.


Oh damn.. now you're just being mean...    


Grats dude. Looks superb!    
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Thank you very much for your review. I have been a fan of Digital Storm for a long time, and have been saving all summer to build my dream machine. I couldn't quite decide on what set up I wanted to go with, but I deff knew I wanted lots and lots of green. (It's my favorite color). After reading your review and seeing your pics I am in love, so I went ahead and ordered an Apollo. I paid extra for an expedited build, and one day shipping so hopefully they will start on it Monday and I'll have it by the weekend, but we'll see, stay tuned for a full review and pics once I do get it :) heres my specs

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Apollo
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 5820K 3.3GHz (Six-Core) (Unlocked CPU)
Motherboard: ASUS X99-DELUXE (Intel X99 Chipset)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Corsair Vengeance LPX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1050W Corsair HX1050
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (250GB Samsung 840 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (1TB Seagate)
Storage Set 3: - No Thanks
RAID Config: - No Thanks
RAID Card: - No Thanks
Internet Access: Wireless PCI-E ASUS PCE-N53 (Dual Band Performance) (Supports 802.11n/g/b)
Graphics Card(s): 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB (EVGA Superclocked ACX Cooler Edition)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Fans: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Green) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: Fan Blow-Holes: VREG/CPU & Graphics Card Area: Laser Cut and Mount a Side Window 140mm Fans
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock CPU 4.0GHz to 4.4GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows CD)
Virus Protection: FREE: McAfee AntiVirus Plus (1 Year Service Activation Card) (Not Pre-installed) ($35 Value)
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
NVIDIA SHIELD: NVIDIA SHIELD (PC Streaming + Android Gaming)
Branded Gear: - No Thanks
Priority Build: Please Prioritize: Ship Within Four Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)
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Very nice!      
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Originally posted by Dwik30

Thank you very much for your review. I have been a fan of Digital Storm for a long time, and have been saving all summer to build my dream machine. I couldn't quite decide on what set up I wanted to go with, but I deff knew I wanted lots and lots of green. (It's my favorite color). After reading your review and seeing your pics I am in love, so I went ahead and ordered an Apollo. I paid extra for an expedited build, and one day shipping so hopefully they will start on it Monday and I'll have it by the weekend, but we'll see, stay tuned for a full review and pics once I do get it :) heres my specs


Dwik30 I appreciate your post man, DS is a great company with fantastic customer service. I had a few hiccups and it took a little longer than anticipated but you want them to get it right so I was perfectly fine with them taking their time. Although the waiting like I said in a previous thread I made is like waiting for your dream car to be built. I need to upload the picture of my whole set up some time soon with my RAZR Keyboard and Mouse. You have a nice system there, and you are going to enjoy your system I have no doubt at all. I plan on sometime next year upgrading my GTX 770's to 980's. I am glad I was able to persuade you on choosing DS. Looking forward to reading your review and seeing the pictures of your system.
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  Quote Dwik30 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Oct 2014 at 9:00am
I'd love to see more pics of your entire setup, and I'm sure the rest of the DS community would like to as well, I can't believe how active these DS forums are. Digital storm deff has a lot of loyal and enthusiastic customers.
   I think as a whole gamer nerds are an impatient lot lol, I've probably checked the status of my comp about 30 times a day, but I'm with you, I'd rather have my pc built right the first time, and really like how personal and hands on DS is with every system they build. I don't mind the wait if it means getting that perfect custom comp right out of the box.
   The status updates is a really nice touch, but I think DS should set up a live feed of there workbench area lol, I'd probably watch them build comps all day.
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Originally posted by Dwik30

    The status updates is a really nice touch, but I think DS should set up a live feed of there workbench area lol, I'd probably watch them build comps all day.


Once in awhile, Nav sneaks over to the build bench and posts pics of higher end machines in the process of coming to life or in testing.

It's a beautiful thing.
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