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Post Date: 2013-08-28

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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: ODE: Welcome to my Home, DS
    Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 9:03pm

 

My "little" Monster

 It's time to share my impressions of my Digital Storm ODE V3.

In a nutshell, it's fantastic!

As a newbie, I knew I would have to do some research and decide what I wanted,  what I needed and how to get there, - value and experience-wise.  Did not want to either settle or over-buy something I wouldn't fully use properly.   I was not going to build it myself.

The builder was going to be Digital Storm, who came out "the best" in my research.

That led me through the Vanquish level 3,  Bolt level 2 and to the ODE level 1 model. All similarly priced.  * 

For my use in mostly flight simulations enjoyment, I was advised to get as much RAM as feasible, a power supply with a cushion for possible upgrades and a solid state drive for the operating system and maybe even the basic game programs. 

So it was:

Vanquish = straight forward, seems like a great machine. Not much customizing. Tempting.  Less expensive.  Yep, the lady of the house liked this one.

Bolt = great looks, maybe tight to work on if needed,  Sweet machine! Noise level?

It would fit where I wanted to put a computer. I do like efficient machines that do a job well.

ODE =  Attractive,  can be customized, upgraded fairly easy. But to me, monster size.

 My procrastination and research cost me some changes in offerings.

 You've read the title. Here's the stats:


 Digital Storm ODE V3. level 1 modified as stated.

 Standard finish.

Processor:  Intel i5 Core 3570K 3.4 Ghz  Quad core.

Motherboard:  ASUS P8Z77-V-LX Intel, No SLI support.

Memory:  16GB DDR3 1600 Hz Corsair dominator (High Performance)

Power Supply:  800W Corsair GS

Hard Drive 1:  1TB Seagate, 7200 rpm (64MG cache)

Hard Drive 2 :  120GB SSD Corsair Neutron GTX. 

Note: Changed to 128 Samsung 840 pro due to apparent disc problem after delivery.*

Optical drive DVD R/RW  24x.

Multi-card reader.

Extreme Cooling: AIR Stage 1: Cooler Master  Hyper 212 EVO (High  Performance)**

CPU Boost: Stage 1 Overclock CPU (4.1)

Windows 7 Home Premium with Win. Recovery bundle.

Promotion: Free T-shirt!  Free game: Splinter Cell: Blacklist.  Best of all, One year warranty Upgrade!

(T-shirt and game codes arrived with system.  Haven't downloaded game but washed and worn T-shirt. Thanks DS !)

 

*Note:  Card was graciously replaced by Digital Storm. As of today, I don't know if original card was faulty, a system/setup fault, or my ignorance in setting system up. BIOS or windows would not/could not see it. Alex, would you please let me know?

**Note: I wanted to stay away from liquid cooling due to my  possible lack of  dedication to a liquid system maintenance program.

 

Arrival of system was on time.  Wounds to outside box. Not a scratch on the unit.

 Nice, tidy cable management:


 

 Yep, spent my Social Security check on myself this time (grin).

 

 

 

Pretty smiling ladies welcome to peek back at me through this window,

but NO Gremlins!


 

I ought to be able to see this screen:


 

Where it's sitting right now. Below, where I'm hoping to move it to:

 

 

Though I might have to keep the XP  to play the old flight simulators. 


Still don't know how to partition or synch the two drives so Windows 7  is only on the SSD drive and the HHD is storage, but I'll learn. 

Digital Storm folks have gone out of their way to keep this customer satisfied.

 And Alex, if you read this, let me know (e-mail)  how much it is, (including postage)  so you that  maybe you can mail me the window replacement screen in case of upgrade or case model discontinuance -if available.   I am planning on outlasting a model change.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying the system.  The feet-per-minute number is consistently 200+ at high settings. The transitions show no flutter, and I can see details now. Screen size helps, I'm sure, at 1920x1080, but this little monster is definitely carrying it's weight and more. System is not as noisy as I feared.  And thanks for putting unit dimensions and up-grade potential, noise  and performance charts on your pick-a-model sheet.

DS builds a great machine.  It's easy to understand why the forum is loyal.

Not only that, they are very helpful to guys like me who want to learn more.

I know you have picked up another fan.  I'm spreading the word about you guys.



Edited by Wilder - 28 Aug 2013 at 9:40pm
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  Quote fstcvc Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Aug 2013 at 11:43pm
Congrats on your awesome rig!

Thanks for sharing with us your journey to DS land! Great pics as well!
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  Quote surf71zx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 4:02am
Outstanding cable management! Just wondering if the backside is the same or a birds nest? Its attention to the details. Some people dont care and others strive  for it.
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  Quote surf71zx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 4:10am
Captain did you ask for your military discount? Every little bit helps.
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  Quote ArkansasWoman777 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 6:12am
That ODE looks amazing
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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 7:37am
Surf, the back is just as clean.  That photo was taken over forty years ago when I was on active duty. Big%20Smile  I keep it on the wall not just for memories, but to remind me there's our men and women today going through the same joys and pains.  I don't think there's a vet discount. .





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  Quote Subxero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 7:41am
Very nice pictures! Glad you found your perfect mate. Nice review too. Happy landings!
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Really nice looking rig.  Congrats.  Awesome
 
Thanks for the pics.  We never tire of them.  Big%20Smile
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Me sitting my ECMO in PICU. Now you know why I like LQ. ;)

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  Quote surf71zx Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 9:26am
There is a military discount, vet discount!  You just have to ask for it. I served 43 years ago and got it.  Very , very nice job on cable management.
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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 10:50am
Thanks, Surf.  I did not know about the military/ vet discount. Oops Will pass the word.
Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments!


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Congrats! Hahaha
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 4:21pm
Thank you for posting your review. Glad to hear you love the PC!
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  Quote flyinpoons Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 9:01pm
Heh wish I had asked for a Discount lol still I love my Ode and I'm sure you will as well.

What plane are you in in that picture? the canopy looks like a T-37 but hard to tell from that picture. I was a B-52H gunner many moons ago lol Big%20Smile


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  Quote Meller Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Aug 2013 at 9:16pm
How much of a discount for us Vet's are we talking here?
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No idea, had no clue there even was one lol.
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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Aug 2013 at 4:43am
You're right, that's a T-37. Also flew Buffs. Nice that DS gives vets a break!
The guys returning from the latest wars, raised with video games and knowing more about computers, could probably use the break.
Another reason to come to DS!


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  Quote Tio Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Aug 2013 at 7:37am
Very nice system Wilder and congratulations on your DS rig. Ya just can't go wrong with DS they ROCK !!! it's that simple
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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Aug 2013 at 8:29am
Right. Mine is not as awesome as yours or most shown here. But it definitely suits my purposes. I'm impressed. Big%20Smile.
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  Quote flyinpoons Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Aug 2013 at 3:30pm
Originally posted by Wilder

You're right, that's a T-37. Also flew Buffs. Nice that DS gives vets a break!
The guys returning from the latest wars, raised with video games and knowing more about computers, could probably use the break.
Another reason to come to DS!


What buff did you fly and where were you stationed? I was at Minot the whole time.


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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2013 at 7:06am
Flew the G model at Dow and Barksdale. 
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  Quote flyinpoons Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2013 at 1:19pm
Interesting, Minot where I was stationed, and Barksdale where you were are pretty much all that is left for B-52 bases.  :)
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  Quote Wilder Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 05 Sep 2013 at 6:59pm
Have just read about base closings. Did not know it.
Installing FSX now in DS machine. Have installed Falcon BMS, and another Flight sim in it and they run sweet! 
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  Quote flyinpoons Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Sep 2013 at 10:51am
Have you tried War Thunder? it's not really a sim, but it's free to play and fun, and there is a realistic option.
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Heard of it, haven't played it. Will look into it.  Big%20Smile
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