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Post Date: 2016-12-08

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    Posted: 08 Dec 2016 at 7:15am
Appreciate all the help in advance. I shifted to Digital Storm a few years back, primarily because of the configuration support from the public on these forums. Amazing group of people.

Budget: 2k-2.3k

Expectations: Powerful, reliable and easy to upgrade graphics card in 2-3 years (or as required). I don't need to play on the highest settings, but will if the rig supports it. I prefer powerful stability and performance to bleeding edge gains that require tweaking/maintenance to make things work. I don't have all the time in the world, would prefer to spend it gaming, not tweaking / fixing minor issues.

Usage: Gaming. Almost all types of games from FPS -> MMO w/ strategy mixed in (Civ, Total War, SCII, etc).

Special Needs:
None

Saved Ticket #: Don't have one....

Specifications:
- Space I will use it in sits between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit.

- I like the boot speeds on SSDs, so if we can fit that in w/ a back-up larger HD, that would be great. Not a necessity though.

- If the below monitor is holding me back, would appreciate advice there as well:
Samsung B2330
Inputs: Single PC (D-sub 15 Pin)
Screen Size: 23"
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 300
Static Contrast Ratio: 1,000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 70,000:1
Viewing Angle (Horizontal/Vertical): 170°/160° (C>10)
Response Time: 5
Color Support: 16.7 Million

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2016 at 8:58am
Hi POW!..... Here's a build that gives you all you need and stays on budget.  

I swapped the default power supply, drives and gtx 1070 for better quality with longer warranties in most cases.  This will game at max  settings on a 1920x1080 monitor, the gtx 1070 being a strong choice. 

Configuration Code: 1559211
Total Price with Instant Savings: $2,323.00

Direct Load URL: https://www.digitalstorm.com/configurator.asp?id=1559211

Specifications:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Digital Storm Apollo (White)
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz (Codename Skylake) (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Z170-PRO GAMING (Intel Z170 Chipset) (Up to 5x PCI-E Devices)
System Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 750W EVGA SuperNOVA <br><strong></strong>
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x) (Internal)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (500GB Samsung 850 EVO) <br><strong></strong>
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (1TB Western Digital - Black Edition) <br><strong></strong>
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 GTX 1070 8GB (EVGA ACX 3.0) (VR Ready) <br><strong></strong>
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Corsair H115i - 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance) <br><strong></strong>
HydroLux Tubing Style: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
HydroLux Fluid Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled LED Lighting System (Multiple color options and lighting effects) <br><strong></strong>
Airflow Control: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: Stage 1: Overclock CPU - Up to 4.4GHz (Depends on Cooling and Motherboard) <br><strong></strong>
Boost Graphics Card(s): - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Factory Reset Feature (Restore Windows + Drivers) (Partition up to 50GB of Storage)
Virus Protection: FREE: McAfee AntiVirus Plus (1 Year Service Activation Card) (Not Pre-installed) ($35 Value)
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
Branded Gear: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 15-20 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty (3 Year Labor & 1 Year Part Replacement)

Hope this helps. Big%20Smile

You could go with the Vanquish level 3 and get the same gaming performance, and save a few hundred bucks, but the Apollo build is tweaked for better components.  Nothing wrong with the default parts in Vanquish level 3, but the others would be my pick if the budget allows.


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  Quote POW! Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2016 at 6:07am
Appreciate the quick feedback. I'll go with your recommendations and place an order this weekend.
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2016 at 7:47am
Nice. Strong  Keep us updated and a review and maybe pics after you fire it up would be appreciated. 

Good Luck. Big%20Smile
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Dec 2016 at 9:48am
Congratulations. That will run real strong.Strong

And kudos to DS East configuration dept.AwesomeWink
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Originally posted by hoserator

And kudos to DS East configuration dept.AwesomeWink


Tis the season.  Fa la la la la.  Big%20Smile
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  Quote POW! Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 8:58am
Had a minor setback, but I'm ready to move forwards once again. Unfortunately (or fortunately) my wife will be needing a new CPU as well. I can move my budget up a little past 3k (but can't go to 4,600 for two copies of the build above), but I need two rigs now...not just one. All the other information still applies.

Thoughts? Advice?
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 9:31am
Order two Vanquish 5 Best, level 2, builds.  Their $1379 a piece before shipping cost.

That build won't have the gtx 1070, but the gtx 1060 is still a good choice for a 1080p monitor, especially the games you mentioned.   It won't max out some of the more demanding games,  but High settings are still good gaming.

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  Quote POW! Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 09 Mar 2017 at 10:12am
Thanks for the quick response. I may mix it up and get the one you recommended plus a Vanquish 5, or maybe I'll wait a couple months and get two of your originally recommended versions. We'll see how patient I can be. Either way, really appreciate the support. Looking forward to DS rigs number 3 and 4.
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You're welcome.  Big%20Smile  Either path you take will give you some great computing.  

Stay in touch and let us know.  Big%20Smile 
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Order placed, I went a little higher and purchased two Vanquish 5 level 3 (best) machines. Now the long wait......
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Congrats. Awesome

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