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    Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 3:02pm
I've spent the past three weeks putting my new system through the paces, and figured it was about time I wrote a review, and shared my experiences.  Below is part of a review i wrote for ResellerRatings.com (at Digital Storms request).

 

posted 7/15/08 10:48 AM

I can not recommend this company enough! While recently deployed I had a lot of time to research custom and boutique computer builders, and let me tell you; Digital Storm is by far the best value on the market. From price, to warranty to selection, they are unmatched. And don't even get me started on customer service. I was updated on every step of the process (ordering, building and shipping). If I called with a question or concern Digital Storm was VERY thorough and professional. Additionally, they always sent a follow-up e-mail to make sure that my concern was properly addressed. When I received my computer (a week before the estimate!) the quality and attention to detail in the build was immediately obvious.

 

The system came very well packaged, and fired up perfectly the first time.  I've stress tested it, run 3DMark and PCMark and am pleased with it's performance.  It takes every game and application I throw at it without a stutter.

 

As you can see, I couldn't be more pleased!

 

My specs are:

Q9450 @ 3.2GHz, 790i Ultra, 9800GX2, 4 GB DDR3 1600, WD Velociraptor, X-Fi XtremeGamer, Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Here ar e the pictures I promised.

The package arrives!
Well packed indeed.
First look...
Cleaned up and ready to go...
Took me a little time to figure out how to remove the door...
...and expose the components.
I'm very impressed with the wiring / cable managment.
Fired right up with zero issues.
Thanks DS!


Edited by mrmarrero - 20 Jul 2008 at 5:14pm
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  Quote SunfighterLC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 3:08pm
Want a second GX2? lol.
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  Quote Ratbreath Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 4:57pm
Originally posted by mrmarrero

My specs are:

Q9450 @ 3.2GHz, 790i Ultra, 9800GX2, 4 GB DDR3 1600, WD Velociraptor, X-Fi XtremeGamer, Vista Home Premium 64-bit

I'd share some pictures, but apparently don't have 'sufficient permission'.  Perhaps later.


So you have Vista 64-bit, 4GB RAM, and the X-Fi and don't have any driver issues or popping noises? I've read conflicting reports on whether the X-Fi drivers have been fixed for Vista 64. My overall impression was 'pretty much kinda sorta'.
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  Quote mrmarrero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 5:20pm
I read the same reports, and everyone seems to agree that the issue is hit and miss.  I chose to gamble (so to speak) and have had zero issues.  The sound is fine.
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  Quote Ratbreath Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 5:29pm
That looks sweet! Whatcha playing on it?

I'm doing 4 gigs, vista 64, and the x-fi too. Mine should be here in another week or so. Big%20smile
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That is a beast of a system. Your desk is much cleaner than mine too.LOL
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  Quote SunfighterLC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 6:16pm
What CPU cooler is that? It kinda looks like the AC7, but the fan looks different then mine..maybe they did an update on the design? looks like it holds on better.
 
They put your S/N sticker on the inside too =(...mines stuck on the outside...messing up my cases good looks haha.


Edited by SunfighterLC - 20 Jul 2008 at 6:18pm
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  Quote mrmarrero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 6:40pm
Originally posted by SunfighterLC

What CPU cooler is that? It kinda looks like the AC7, but the fan looks different then mine..maybe they did an update on the design? looks like it holds on better.
 
 
I believe it's an OCZ vanquisher 92mm. 
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  Quote SunfighterLC Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 6:45pm
hmm..DS must of changed their stock coolers then =P wonder if that ones any better.
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  Quote mrmarrero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 6:49pm
Originally posted by harleyman

DUDE...What a neat freak.....LOL
 
 
Yes, I have been accused of having mild OCD.
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  Quote mrmarrero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jul 2008 at 6:51pm
Originally posted by Ratbreath

That looks sweet! Whatcha playing on it?

 
Well, work has kept pretty busy, but I mess around with AoC, the Witcher and Mass Effect most recently
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  Quote FLighT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2008 at 10:23am
Nice pics. I do have a question though. I've noticed that in all the reviews with pics I've seen here on the DS Forums nobody ever shows a photo of the back of their boxes. Is there some sort of unwritten rule about not exposing the  back end of your box to scrutiny by others?

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  Quote FLighT Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2008 at 11:16am
And when my new build arrives I will, tastefully, post some pictures of it's back end. LOL
 
 
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  Quote ArmourBrad Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2008 at 12:59pm
really nice looking setup dude!
 
and I have to ask...hows the sound output on that puppy?
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  Quote Harry Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2008 at 4:29pm
I'm interested in the noise level also since I will most likely do the stage 3.
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  Quote mrmarrero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2008 at 8:11pm
Originally posted by
 
 I have to ask...hows the sound output on that puppy?
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The sound is good.  In fact I have a set of K
 
The sound is good.  In fact I have a set of Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's that should be delivered today.
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  Quote mrmarrero Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Jul 2008 at 8:12pm
Originally posted by Harry

I'm interested in the noise level also since I will most likely do the stage 3.
 
Ah, well if it's noise level the previous poster was aking about as well, I apologize.
 
To answer however, it is not too loud.  It does not distract me.
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  Quote wright Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Jul 2008 at 8:54am
Great looking computer....Just got mine last week and just like you.. as the young kids say.....It Rocks!!!!!!!  Have fun!

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harleyman..I thought you were a old man...
               
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Nice looking comp man, and great pics. I am glad to hear that Stage 3 is't that loud as well. I was a little worried about that.

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  Quote Iraq Now Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Aug 2008 at 8:59am
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I get back to the States in about 2 months. 13 months down and 2 to go!!!Almost done!!!!
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Harley-
I get back to the States in about 2 months. 13 months down and 2 to go!!!Almost done!!!!
 
Watch your six.
 
Also, SEMPER FI!!!
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Thanks man I definetly will. But I gotta say you Jar Heads can never get it right. Its simply Hooah. Anything else is too much

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