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    Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 2:35pm
Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: Paint All Trim Accents: Chassis Vents, Grills, Screws, and Hose Clamps (Blue)
Processor: Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 3.2GHz (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: 1200W PC Power & Cooling (ESA Edition) (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Card Reader: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 2x Two (300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor (10K RPM) (16MB Cache) (Extreme Speed)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1TB Western Digital (7200 RPM) (16MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Optical Drive 2: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 3x SLI Triple (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB) (Includes PhysX Technology)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: CLEARANCE HOT SELLER: Razer Barracuda AC-1 (Recommended)
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 3: Specialized FrostBite Separate Dual Loop System for CPU & Three Video Cards
Liquid Color: Blue: Non-conductive High-Performance Fluid (Requires H20: Stage 3 Cooling Package)
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Enhancements: LCD Temperature Display & Fan Controller (Requires Chassis Airflow Upgrade)
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
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: Yes, Overclock memory frequency (Includes Memory Fan Kit Installed)
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: Samsung 24 inch (Widescreen) (Black) (High-Performance Gaming Display)
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: Razer Tarantula Gaming Keyboard
Mouse: Razer Lachesis Gaming Mouse (High-Speed Gaming Grade)
 
 
 
When the box arrived, I was immediately struck by how large it was.  It came with a lot of packing; there were two foam inserts in the machine itself, and a foam structure at the top.  The machine itself had no scratches or visible signs of wear and tear from the shipping ride.  It took me a good hour or so to fit the monitor on its stand.  Actually, it took me about a minute when I realized I was putting it in backwards :facepalm:.  Anyway, setup was a breeze.  I appreciated the box of accessories included with the order; I have never had a customized computer before (so I'm not sure if it's standard or just specific to DS), but it is nice to have all these extras.  I had a compatibility issue between my keyboard and my motherboard; Randy was as helpful as he could be in solving the problem, although it turns out there was nothing he could do about it.  Of course the system is able to run all of my games on maximum graphics; I haven't bought a game in years, and so my games aren't much of a load on the system.  The system is quite quiet (although I don't see why I need all the fans on constantly), although the noise level doesn't really affect me anyway.  The case looks very nice, especially with its blue front grilles and side window.  I read a review of it that said it looked like it was made for the military; I think one of its strong points is the fortress-like robustness that it displays. 
 
I was first attracted to Digital Storm because I was looking around the internet for places that would customize computers, and Digital Storm's website was clean, easy to navigate, and very clear in the information it presented.  Beyond the appearance, as I looked further, Digital Storm easily had the best selection of components, and around the same prices.  The final straw was the reputation for strong Customer Service and Technical Support (a reputation which Digital Storm certainly lived up to). 
 
I don't consider it to be a problem, but my parents are very annoyed by the fact that they have to unplug the keyboard every time they turn the computer on.  The red LED fan on the front of the case looks bad with green lighting behind it, but that is my fault for not doing my proper homework on the case.  The biggest dislike that i have of it is this: when playing Forces of Corruption with maximum graphics, the system begins to lagg when there are only about 30 Star Destroyers (with their full fighter complements) on screen.  This is a huge jump from my old system, but it's not as high as I expected.  Maybe my expectations were too high. 
 
That sums up the negative side of the system though.  Overall, I am very pleased with my machine, and I would definitely buy from Digital Storm again.
 
sorry i don't have pictures, but i don't have a digital camera.
 
by the way, what's the name of the review site thing? DS told me i was supposed to post a review on consumersavings.com or somesite like that. what was the name of the site? i'll be posting this review on it.
 
 
 


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  Quote Kryhavoc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 2:47pm
Nice review and great temps.Ermm
 
I suspect as you obtain more recent games, your fan speed will increase to handle the additional load.
 
Run CPU-Z to get your clock speed, please!


Edited by Kryhavoc - 20 Feb 2009 at 2:48pm
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 2:49pm
Great review.
 
yungerkid, I will send you an email with the details.
 
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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 3:13pm

yeah, i had forgotten about that. posted.

alright.
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congrats boss very nice, enjoy
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Grats man! I really wanted to see the pics on this rig to Wink.... Liquid cooled gpus /drool
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Congrats on your beast!
One thing I do not understand is why your core speed is 1.6ghz? O.o
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 4:38pm
Originally posted by tman5890

Congrats on your beast!
One thing I do not understand is why your core speed is 1.6ghz? O.o


speed step, his cpu is resting, when you put the pc under load then we will see his oc speed
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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 4:57pm

well, it all depends on whether i can get a digital camera or not.

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  Quote tman5890 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 6:00pm
Originally posted by DST4ME

Originally posted by tman5890

Congrats on your beast!
One thing I do not understand is why your core speed is 1.6ghz? O.o


speed step, his cpu is resting, when you put the pc under load then we will see his oc speed

Oh, thanks for the clarification!
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Congrats!!! Happy Gaming to you man!!
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YE>>> Happy GAMING!!
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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2009 at 11:44pm

;D it really is a joy.

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Congrats!
Every happy customer is 2 more new buyers!!!
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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2009 at 10:50pm
as far as "under load" goes, i would think 10116464640 Mhz is fairly unbeatable. Smile
 
 
...and here's the real under load thing.
 
 
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  Quote Sneakerz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2009 at 8:58am
I really hope that's not your OC especially for an Extreme Chip that is LC =x
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2009 at 4:59pm
Sneakerz don't rain on other's parade, he has no choice over how his chip OCes, and he has dual loop, and he has 3 GPUs, his system's temp is going to be higher then a person with one GPU

I'm sure he has room to push if he wanted to
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  Quote Sneakerz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2009 at 10:40pm
I'm not trying to "rain" on others parade, just expected more than a .1 MHZ in an OC. And even with the dual loop, doesn't DS incorporate more pumps and two resevoirs to compensate for the additonal heat?
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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2009 at 11:28pm

O_o are you saying that the extreme version is supposed to baseline over 3.2 MHz? i haven't yet begun to overclock it.



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  Quote Sneakerz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 8:30am
@ Yungerkid,
 
I think you have room to push that processor. Let us know how things work out.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 2:06pm
The system he ordered has two pumps and reservoirs. The processor and video cards have separate cooling lines.
 
I just checked the QA report when it shipped, and we shipped it clocked at 4.05GHz.
 
Either the software isn't reporting it right because it's not under proper stress when he checked, or, the BIOS may have been reset (which can happen if the CMOS reset button is pressed accidentally since it is right next to the rear I/O plate where the user plugs the keyboard,mouse, etc...)
 
Anyways, just give us a call, our techs can check for you, and walk you through the process.
 
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 3:35pm
then it sounds like the bios got reset one way or another, unless his cpu-z was not under load.

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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 3:36pm

i did reset the bios, accidentally. i'll call probably after school today. it was definitely under load when at the time.



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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 3:39pm
lol 4.05GHz OC you better
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  Quote yungerkid Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 3:44pm
oh yes, i certainly do have a lot of room to push the processor from 3.2, if that is the case. i'm not very experienced with overclocking, but that sounds like a lot.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 3:51pm
If you want to push it then call DS they will help you do so over the phone
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i will, when i get around to it. i'm glad they offer that assistance ;)
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  Quote Sneakerz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Feb 2009 at 8:11pm
Thanks for clearing that up Alex, that makes much more sense.
 
I figured there had to be something wrong.
 
I would definitely call DS and have them walk you through it, it's actually quite simple. After all, you paid for it, you should enjoy that extra boost in CPU power =). Nice OC btw
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LOL 4.0 is definitely worth a call

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i did call them. talked with Sarah. she walked me through it. i am now getting max 3.6, baseline 1.7 (which is higher than it used to be). which brings me to a question. if i overclock the maximum speed, is the baseline (idle) speed supposed to go up by the same amount?
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 26 Feb 2009 at 12:21am
if you have speed step then the cpu will rest at a low clock till you need it at full speed then it go to full speed.

put it under load and see
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yes, i know that, but it is resting at a higher clock now that it is overclocked, than it was when it was not.
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