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    Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 8:32am

Ordered 2-18-2011

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Processor: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X58 (Intel X58 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series  (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (160GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: X25-M MLC Edition) (Extreme Performance)
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (Model: Black Edition WD1002FAEX)
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 2x SLI Dual (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570 1.2GB (Includes PhysX Technology)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 Extreme Performance (Does NOT fit on the regular EVGA X58 3X SLI)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Install/Test Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Xtra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty
 
Opted for the optional  200mm fan and the vga fan
 
Overclocked Processor Settings
Processor Speed GHz: 3.8
CPU Multiplier: 24
Voltage CPU VCore: 1.35
VDroop Control: Yes
i7 - BCLK MHz: 160
i7 - Voltage QPI\DRAM:
i7 - Voltage QPI\PLL:
i7 - Voltage CPU VTT:
i7 - Voltage IOH Vcore:
i7 - Voltage ICH Vcore:
i7 - Voltage IOH/ICH I/O:
i7 - PWM Frequency:
780i/790i - Memory Clock Mode:
780i/790i - CPU FSB MHz:
780i/790i - Voltage FSB:
780i/790i - Voltage SPP:
780i/790i - Voltage MCP:
Motherboard BIOS: 702
Video Card Driver: 266.58
Chipset Driver: CD
Sound Card Driver: CD
 
Received 2-28-2011
 
I had bought my previous rig from another source about 6 years ago and after extensive research online I choose Digital Storm. Why? Mainly because DSO had an active forum, so after browsing the forum and seeing how helpful everyone was I decided this was THE place. So I did the usual checked - Outside Link Removed - and the BBB, which in turn reconfirmed my decision and I couldn't be happier!
Comparing the other company and DSO is like comparing apples to oranges you can't. The attention to detail and customer service is phenominal.
So with the help of a couple helpful people(DST4ME and corybo...Thanks guys) I came up with the above configuration.
 
Once the FedEx guy came and dropped off the "Mistress"(a name my wife choseLOL). I was impressed with the size of the box!!! The packaging is great everything DSO promised was delivered neatly and without damage...impressive considering it traveled 2800 miles!
 
Once out of the box I inspected the "Mistress". I was taken away with the wire management and the neatness of the rig...extremely clean!
 
Once everything was setup I gave it a test run everything seemed to work ok until I started playing a couple games. The colors looked like they were running together and I had a green SLI line down the left hand of my screen. Then after 4 or so hours my monitor went black. I posted in the forums for a fix of the green line got an answer and couldn't find the resolution so I call DSO, left a message and was called back within an hour! The result my monitor.....so after a trip to Best Buy with a new monitor in hand I came back and set it up...amazingly no black screen the green line fix was simple also unticked both boxes in 3D settings and everything has been running flawless since. Games run extremely smooth on the highest settings and programs load up extemely fast!!!
 
The only negative thing I can really say and it's not DSO's fault is the side fan on the HAF X ticks. I inspected the fan thinking it is a bearing, but upon further review it's the plastic filter between the outter part of the case and the fan. The fan is brushing against the filter, design flaw on the part of Cooler Master?  
 
Props Digital Storm you hit it out of the park on this build and definately have gained a customer for life!! I could not be happier!!
 
Pics to follow this post...Sorry for the wall of text just extremely excited!
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  Quote Coronablade Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 9:33am
Nice pics man, gratz!Awesome

I should get mine today, so ill have a "mistress" as well soonHahaha
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 11:58am
Looks awesome! Drooling

I have a somewhat similar setup, I definitely think you are going to be pleased in the long run with your purchase.

That side fan might be something you can fix (or it could be a defect with your case). I haven't noticed any clicking with my side fan thus far.
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  Quote Unlicensedhitman Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 3:02pm
Is it just me or your pictures don't work?
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congrats man!
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  Quote 45BDE Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 3:28pm
Originally posted by Unlicensedhitman

Is it just me or your pictures don't work?
They work for me, so I don't know.
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 4:45pm
Originally posted by Unlicensedhitman

Is it just me or your pictures don't work?


I can see all the pictures.
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  Quote corybo7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 8:50pm
i had same issue with my side fan 45.....after a few days mine quit making the noise.....mine was like plastic spinning against plastic....it's fine now though
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  Quote sdelu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Mar 2011 at 11:54pm
Would it kill Noctua to use a color scheme that actually works with...well...anything? Two black fans would look real sharp in there.

Ah, well, it doesn't take anything away from the powerhouse you've got there. Congrats on the new comp. May it bring you many hours of enjoyment :)
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lol ask DS to paint those fans for you.
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  Quote 45BDE Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 Mar 2011 at 2:17am
LOL..They may not be pleasing to the eye, but it's a great HS and so quiet!
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Congrats...ExcitedAwesome!
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  Quote 45BDE Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 Mar 2011 at 10:54pm

i had same issue with my side fan 45.....after a few days mine quit making the noise.....mine was like plastic spinning against plastic....it's fine now though

I ended up taking the fan off and flipped the screen, which was bowed in causing the fan to rub, so my issue is resolved also. It's almost "whisper" quiet now! Awesome
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same case nice rig
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Where do you live at? Cause my computer is gonna have to travel like 8000 miles when i buy it lol, and im worried bout damage.
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Originally posted by ironmb

Where do you live at? Cause my computer is gonna have to travel like 8000 miles when i buy it lol, and im worried bout damage.
 
Your worries will be put to rest once you see the box they ship it in, it's extremely durable cardboard. Also thier packaging is extremely good the thing wont budge when in the box, so no worries I'm sure it will be A-OK...At least I would hope so. It went coast to coast in the US and made it safe.
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