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    Posted: 13 Jun 2019 at 3:34pm
Newbie but happy to be here on the Forum. Even happier that my "new" Bolt X has been shipped and on it's way to me. Hooray!

I say "new" because the system is pre-owned. Yeh, I know, a scary proposition in most situations but I think I did OK on this one. A secure purchase from a reliable source. Time will tell but meanwhile, what do you think of this configuration? (from the DS build sheet)

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Digital Storm BOLT X
Exterior Finish: Exotic Paint Finish - Blanco White
Side Window: Edge to Edge Premium Acrylic
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K (6-Core) 3.7 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING (Intel Z370 Chipset) (Mini-ITX) (Up to 1x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3000MHz Digital Storm Performance Edition)
Power Supply: 750W Lian-Li PE-750 (Platinum Rated)(Supports up to GTX TITAN Xp)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Samsung EVO (NCM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (3TB Seagate / Toshiba)
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 GeForce RTX 1080 Ti 11GB (Performance Edition) (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: Digital Storm HydroLux PRO(CPU + Graphics Card)
HydroLux Tubing Style: Flexible Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System)
HydroLux Fluid Color: Green Fluid + Clear Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System)
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management
Chassis Fans: Standard Black Fans
Internal Lighting: - Remote Controlled Advanced RGB Internal + Front Panel LED Lighting
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.8GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks
OS Boost: - Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)

I'm not a fan of the GREEN fluid (much prefer BLUE) so will probably swap that out shortly after arrival.

DS will still get some of my business as I intend to look to them for upgrades (maybe hardline cooling) and other goodies down the road.

As a used system, what would you all suggest I do to inspect it before I first power it up? Check for coolant leaks, of course, but anything else I should be wary of?

I am SO excited to finally be retiring my old Alienware Win7 system!
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jun 2019 at 1:55am
That is a very nice system. Depending on the monitor's resolution you should be able to max out game settings. The cpu is strong, although it runs hot and the card was the top in its day and still very good.  Make sure all connections are tight, coolant in the reservoir and if nothing seems amiss, power on and enjoy.  Big%20Smile

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  Quote Hutch Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jun 2019 at 8:36am
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll definitely do that.

I currently have a 1080p 25" HP monitor but will need to upgrade to take full advantage of this machine's capabilities. Unfortunately, I only have desk space for up to a 28" wide x 19" high monitor but perhaps I can find a decent 30" or possibly 32" diagonal.
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  Quote SnowandSand Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jun 2019 at 10:55pm
Originally posted by Hutch

Newbie but happy to be here on the Forum. Even happier that my "new" Bolt X has been shipped and on it's way to me. Hooray!

I say "new" because the system is pre-owned. Yeh, I know, a scary proposition in most situations but I think I did OK on this one. A secure purchase from a reliable source. Time will tell but meanwhile, what do you think of this configuration? (from the DS build sheet)

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Digital Storm BOLT X
Exterior Finish: Exotic Paint Finish - Blanco White
Side Window: Edge to Edge Premium Acrylic
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K (6-Core) 3.7 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING (Intel Z370 Chipset) (Mini-ITX) (Up to 1x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3000MHz Digital Storm Performance Edition)
Power Supply: 750W Lian-Li PE-750 (Platinum Rated)(Supports up to GTX TITAN Xp)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: - No Thanks
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD M.2 (500GB Samsung EVO (NCM Express)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (3TB Seagate / Toshiba)
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 GeForce RTX 1080 Ti 11GB (Performance Edition) (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: Digital Storm HydroLux PRO(CPU + Graphics Card)
HydroLux Tubing Style: Flexible Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System)
HydroLux Fluid Color: Green Fluid + Clear Tubing (Requires HydroLux Liquid Cooling System)
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management
Chassis Fans: Standard Black Fans
Internal Lighting: - Remote Controlled Advanced RGB Internal + Front Panel LED Lighting
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.8GHz
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks
OS Boost: - Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)

I'm not a fan of the GREEN fluid (much prefer BLUE) so will probably swap that out shortly after arrival.

DS will still get some of my business as I intend to look to them for upgrades (maybe hardline cooling) and other goodies down the road.

As a used system, what would you all suggest I do to inspect it before I first power it up? Check for coolant leaks, of course, but anything else I should be wary of?

I am SO excited to finally be retiring my old Alienware Win7 system!


Like you said check for leaks, also check for any loose pares ie. RAM, Video Card, fan plugs etc. Then fire it up. As far as maintenance I would probably drain and flush the system depending on how old the coolant is then go with whatever color you want. I personally prefer soft tubing due to the build/maintenance ease and it is a bit less likely to leak.
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  Quote Hutch Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Jun 2019 at 4:08pm
It's ALIVE!!!

My DS Bolt X arrived today in perfect condition. I only did a quick "smoke test" by powering it up and checking for leaks and loose connections but everything looks great.

I'll connect a monitor tomorrow and run it thru some test applications and benchmarks to see how it fares. But judging by my impressions so far I expect it to be awesome!

I was going to change the fluid from green to blue but the "Monster Energy" green vibe is kinda growing on me. :) But I'm going to change the fluid anyway just to be on the safe side.

One question, is it normal to have a bit of an air bubble in the graphics card coolant block (see the circle in the image below). The reservoir appears to be full and the bubble lets me know the fluid is circulating. Just curious if it is normal.

Thanks for all the help on this Forum!



Bolt X (white case)
Intel i7-8700K
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32Gb DDR4
750w PS
M.2 500Gb SSD NVME
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Jun 2019 at 5:41pm

 Awesome
That's real nice. Thanks for the images.
Green looks like it belongs there. Excited

You can tip the case to remove the bubble. Enjoy, that is a very good system. Strong
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  Quote Hutch Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Jun 2019 at 6:20pm
Thanks, hoserator, I did tip the case to get rid of a small air bubble.

But when I turn off the power, fluid flows down and fills the air cavity in the block. It reappears when I power the system back on.

It's obviously circulating coolant and the reservoir appears full so I'm not going to worry about it. I'm sure I'll have lots more air bubbles to get rid of once I drain, flush, and refill the system. ;)

Here's another pic of the little beastie.

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  Quote Hutch Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Jul 2019 at 7:35am
Loving my new BoltX system. Finally have it set up in the office, replacing my old Alienware Aurora. What a chore that was but all done now and very happy with the results.

One question... I'm changing the coolant fluid in the BoltX from Green to Blue. But how do I go about changing the LED lights just above the horizontal cooling fluid reservoir?

They are a constant Green and I'd like to make them Blue to match the fluid. The remote control does nothing to those lights.

thanks!

Bolt X (white case)
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Jul 2019 at 1:15pm
Your cooler is an older model made by Swiftech.    You can inquire about control of the lights with Swiftech.    
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  Quote Hutch Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 7:31am
Thanks, HockeyBuck.

If mine is an older cooling system, it appears to be the very same one that DS is still advertising in the photos at their online store (see attached).

I looked at Swiftech's site and didn't find anything which looked similar to my coolant reservoir but I sent them an email anyway as well as a query to DS.

Push come to shove, If I can't figure out how to change their color I can always just disable the reservoir lights entirely.




Edited by Hutch - 07 Jul 2019 at 8:17am
Bolt X (white case)
Intel i7-8700K
ASUS ROG STRIX MB
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750w PS
M.2 500Gb SSD NVME
3TB HD
GeForce GTX 1080i 11Gb
HydroLux CPU & GPU

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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 2:34pm
The Swiftech model they now use does not have any reservoir lights, and uses a metal DS CPU head unit. The old Swiftech model had res lights. Think Swiftech had their own RGB software and RGB fans but nobody actually used their fans...
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  Quote Hutch Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jul 2019 at 2:54pm
Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the clarification. I'll look into it and figure something out if Swiftech can't help. Ain't no big thang. ;)

Edited by Hutch - 07 Jul 2019 at 2:55pm
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