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    Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 4:22pm
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Ok... Basically this is just a pre review with pics and a brief description of my experience thus far!
 
First of all let me tell you alittle something about playing the waiting game, It was freaking brutal! I was fine up until I hit about stage 6, thats when I really started to get antsy and anxious. I dealt with the feelings by telling myself its gonna be all worth it.. Hang in there buddy! Smile
 
So...The pc arrived via fedex at about 12:17 PM, soon as I heard the truck I was at the door to greet him before he could even ring the door bell. What happens next is shocking! I kid I kid..... the fedex driver commented on how heavy the package was, smiled and had me sign. At this point I could hardly even steady my arm long enough to sign.
 
By this time im nearly dancing around in excitement...But I was able to calm myself, so I began the process of ever so carefully unpacking the beast. My Inital thought was wow, What amazing packaging. I thought if this is the way they pack stuff then I can't wait to see the pc.
 
I finally finished unpacking the pc, Foam after foam afte foam. Underneath all this  foam i finally revealed what I had been anxiously waiting for. My jaw nearly dropped when I seen how cool the case looked, slick black with a discrete yet professional look. At this point im thinking yep.... You really scored big here John.. Good one! Ouch
 
After I had finished drooling all over the pc I figured it was time to get down to business and plug it in.. I started to panic because I couldn't quite remember seeing any power cords.. I calmed myself and found the little white box that I had misplaced (like a moron) and there it was! Sitting ever so nicely amongst a fiesta of other cords/wires that Ive never seen. I quickly snatched the power cord and headed straight for the pc.  
 
I finally got it plugged in and all the sudden, I start hearing this distinct sound, almost sounded like a kid riding by my house with baseball cards in his spokes. I quickly unplugged the pc in fear that some damage may have occured upon its arrival. I then opened the case via the thumb screws, peaked in and found the culprit. It was the green wire that goes to the fans that I had DS mount on the viewable glass lol... Phew!!! I thought to myself, that was a close one. I then proceeded to do some cable management of my own, I grasped the wire with my hand and moved it...Angry lol.. Ok so I didn't do any cable management, but I did move a wire.Ouch 
 
After my so called cable managment was done, I grabbed the camera and snapped some real quick shots, so forgive the craptastic pic quality. Ok.. by now I know what you all are thinking.. ST*U and post some GD PICS lol... Here they are! I plan on posting benchmark/temps at a later date. Enjoy!
 
 
Chassis Model: Digital Storm 950Si
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Oc'd to 4.0GHz (Quad Core) (Extreme Performance)
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage II Extreme (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports Triple SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Corsair Dominator DHX (High-Performance)
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor (10K RPM) (16MB Cache) (Extreme Speed)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - 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 285 1GB) (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: High-Performance Liquid Chilled FrostBite System For CPU
Liquid Color: UV Blue: Medium Glowing Non-conductive Fluid (Requires H20: Stage 3 & UV Lighting)
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Blue)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: 950Si Case Only: Processor & Video Card Area: Drill and Mount Two Side Window 120mm Fan Blow-Holes
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: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit Edition) (For Enthusiasts)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Pre-Install Game: - No Thanks
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
 
 
 
 


Edited by Dsnewb210 - 17 Jan 2009 at 1:29pm
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  Quote Kaoberry Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 4:41pm
Haha that made me "lol" =)
Nice pictures and a beautiful DS rig you have there ^_~... it's so... pretty... can I touch it? ^^
Can't wait to see the full review!!!
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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 5:37pm
Camera is just that quick i guess lol... Cause those fans are movin, pc kinda sounds like a jet. Ok now i can finally hook it up, had to get all the old data off this pos dell lol..
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 6:09pm
wow very nice, you got the UV blue? if so can you give us a shot with the PC lights on and the room light off, want to see how glow in the dark the fluid is.
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For LC rigs how hard is it to add fluid when the time comes? Is there a cap like on a radiator to add fluid?
 
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there is a little reservoir that is velcroed inside, you take it off the velcro, open the cap and add liquid, close cap and then put it back.

as you see its very complex




make sure its always around the level its at now.

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  Quote Dave1959 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 6:40pm
Very cool. I also take it LC is quieter than fans? Or am I mistaken on that one?
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dude i am in love with your rig, espcecailly the blue rad. SWEET!
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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 7:11pm
Ok, so i turned it on and it gave me a bios error and it looks like it reverted back to factory clocks.. I gotta call ds on monday i guess... Wink
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  Quote Sarah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 7:29pm
Dsnewb210, shoot me an e-mail right now, and I will shoot you your bios settings man. That way you dont have to wait till monday to give us a call.
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Love having Sara around, she gives us access to stuff we did not have access to during night
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I second that notion =). She's a genuine gal looking out for her family ^_~!
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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 8:31pm
So, I was able to recover the 4.0ghz oc on the cpu.
 
But... vista is saying i only have 4gigs of ram..
 
I ended up calling and talking to randy and it turns out I gotta wait til monday to get to the bottom of it.
 
Unless someone here has some ideas, I already made sure the ram was well seated and flashed bios and rebooted a couple times.
 
Bios and vista both claim 4gigs and cpu-z is saying ive got 6gigs, im lost.
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list your specs in your first post so we know what you got.
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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 8:43pm
Done and done..
 
I was going to start installing stuff.. But now i dunno.. If i have to send it back then I would kinda be SOL.


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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 8:49pm
asus has a feature called memory remapping or mapping, look for it and make sure its enabled and lets see if that does it.
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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 8:58pm

Went into bios and searched around and couldn't find anything with the name remapping or mapping.

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 9:19pm
looking at the manual and I can't find it either.

you got 3 x 2GB right? try different dimms, make sure the blue ones are filled first

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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 9:27pm
K, If the blue ones are filled i should move them to the white?
 


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lets try that also looks like tweaktown does not like people hotlinking their images.

instead save that pic to the desktop and then upload it here http://tinypic.com/then post copy and paste the "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards" here
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I came across a very interesting thread, its about how different voltage settings on the R2E dictate how much ram vista will actually see.

The more i think about it, the more i feel like its the culprit.... because when the settings were at stock my mobo was detecting all 6gigs, when i changed settings with Randy over the phone it went to 4 and he had me change another it went to 2 and then he had to go.
 
If this can't be fixed then DS will be getting the pc back to swap mobos..
I haven't heard anything like this happen with the x58 Wink
 
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?p=3512189

 



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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 9:49pm
were you changing ram settings?

if that is what happened then I think you should wait and talk to randy or duke, just stop everything right now and leave the ram in teh blue slots. there is no reason for us to trouble shoot, sounds like its the settings that needs to be changes and for your warranty's sake, its best we let DS do all that
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  Quote Dsnewb210 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 9:53pm
Ya, he had me change the ram because it went on auto mode and was operating at like 1333. Guess im SOL til monday.
 
I wonder if its worth installing my stuff or if i should just wait til we figure out the issue...
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 9:59pm
and your bios is seeing only 4GB?
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Yep, Bios is only detecting 4gigs.

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 10:08pm
call them tomorrow morning and let them figure it out, its your settings and I doubt if you have to send it back in, but you never know.
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They open on sat?
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no but Alex might drop by or steve or duke.
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Its worth a shot I suppose.
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worst case leave a message for them to call you back.

I wonder if its just a bug cause cpu-z sees your 6GB but the thing is that the bios is not seeing it, lets see what it is.
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Sweet machine!
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wow nice and fast rig ..nice case and cooling..
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Awesome rig, Dsnewb!!  Big%20smile  Beautiful pics!!
Please keep us posted on what you find out about your memory detection...
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Thanks! Well, I booted up just now for the first time today and windows vista is showing only 2gigs of ram. Wink 

Im almost positive that it has something to do with the voltage settings in the bios. I guess we will find out monday what the problem is exactly..
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Have you tested your mem sticks?  Reseated them? 

Is DS open on Monday?  Being a holiday...
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