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Post Date: 2010-09-29

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    Posted: 29 Sep 2010 at 4:11pm
Finally! After almost a month since I received my new DigitalStorm system, I think I am ready for a review.

System Specs:

System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: MSI Big Bang-XPower (Intel X58 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Digital Storm Certified (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible) (Silent Edition Highly Recommended)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (40GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: X-25V Edition) (Extreme Performance)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (Model: Black Edition WD1002FAEX)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: Killer 2100 (Maximum Optimized for Online Gaming) Lag and Latency Reduction
Video Card(s): 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 1.5GB (Includes PhysX Technology) (EVGA SuperClocked 015-P3-1482-AR)
Add-on Card: EVGA 2 Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Host Card (PCI-E Slot)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Asetek Liquid CPU Cooler (240mm Radiator) (High-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Red) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Enhancements: Touch 2000 Aerocool Temperature Display & Fan Controller (Requires Chassis Airflow Upgrade)
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Graphics Boost: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: FREE: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Pre-Install Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty

Some Feedback/Comments:
    
     All in all, my DS buying experience was great! The staff was extremely helpful and Patient... (cough*thanks Sarah >.<). My E-Mails were replied to within 24s, most actually within 2 or 3 hours. However, there was this slight mix-up about the missing Killer 2100 card, though the whole problem was resolved in a couple of days and DS even agreed to ship it all the way here,(Qatar) via premium shipment even! Sure mistakes can be made, since we are all human, but I was really amazed at how well DS handled and fixed their mistakes, which again, reflects on how great there people in there are.
    
     When it comes to the rig itself, I could not describe it using any adjective less than flawless. I mean that SSD's really worth every dime, and more! PC boots up in about 15-18 seconds, which is extremely awesome :D. I've run all games from WoW to Crysis on max settings without any hint of lag. In fact... I don't even know what Lag even means anymore...
     Noise-Wise, it's actually surprisingly quiet, even with two OC'ed GTX 480's. When I am not gaming, the noise of the fans is so low, had it not been for the PC's lights and the monitor in front of me, I wouldn't even know whether the system is on or not.
   
     So basically in a TL;DR summary, this machine and DS, are freakin' beyond Epic!
(PS. Thanks !Ender_ For the Banner )
!~PICTURES~!

























Edited by Scorp - 30 Sep 2010 at 5:06am
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  Quote the12deel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Sep 2010 at 10:56pm
I think you may have to resize your pics. buts gratz on the new rig.


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Congrats man!
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  Quote Sneakerz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 4:39am
Very nice rig!
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  Quote Scorp Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Sep 2010 at 5:07am
Post updated with resized pictures!

Thanks for the replies! :D
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Man, I <3 C+C
And nice rig :D
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nice! grats!
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  Quote ablahblah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 1:00am
Can't get enough of that lighting you guys keep pulling off on the HAFs!
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Mushkin 6GB 1414Mhz
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Very nice rig...Excited!  Thanks for sharing!
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Isn't the 2nd GPU in the wrong PCIe slot? one slot lower is the 16x slot, and would help temps maybe a couple degrees.
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Originally posted by justin.kerr

Isn't the 2nd GPU in the wrong PCIe slot? one slot lower is the 16x slot, and would help temps maybe a couple degrees.


=o, K ill do that, it only helps with temps? not performance?
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performance will be better, but, the amount will vary depending on game, game settings, and resolution. but usually the range of gain 1%-9%, so a minimal, but it is something. Hate to give up an ounce of power. Big%20Smile
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hah unused power is wasted power XD
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  Quote Invader Mig Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 8:12pm
Don't mean to hi-jack a thread, but what do you think of that mobo Justin? I heard good things about it, but curious what you think because I've heard some people on these forums have less than great things to say about it.
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  Quote justin.kerr Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 8:32pm
It is a good board, it just matters what you want. It has an excellent PCIe layout, much like the Classified.
The X58 has been around long enough, that most boards, and BIOS's have got the kinks worked out.
It really is hard to go wrong with any of the EVGA, Gigabyte boards, also the Asus RE III and then this board here, are all very good. Some of the odd ball brands still make poor boards, and the Asus P6 boards I would not recommend, for anything but a clay pigeon target.
If you are going with a 3 GPU's? water cooling? sub zero cooling? 2000+Mhz RAM? high B-clock overclocks? ect.. it really depends on what specialization you are looking for, but all the above boards are good.
One thing I would keep in mind, is that the person building your PC, it is usually best to use a board that they have built a lot of PC's with.. Big%20Smile
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lol justin that sig
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you would not make me a new, so I got one in your Honor. Big%20Smile
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thats becuase yours is awesome =/ lol one of my favorites

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LOL lol justin, like your new sig, does the OS come with a Bender edition BSOD aka Bender Screen of Death?

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LOL don't know ask Bender himself, he frequents this forum.LOL
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LOL
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Grats on your rig. Hopefully my HAF X will ship out on Monday.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Oct 2010 at 6:53pm
Originally posted by justin.kerr

Isn't the 2nd GPU in the wrong PCIe slot? one slot lower is the 16x slot, and would help temps maybe a couple degrees.

Interesting! Looks like MSI changed the 16X slot layout versus the EVGA boards. I'm going to double check with the team to ensure we're putting the cards in the full 16X slots in our builds. It's crazy how all the manufactures keep changing things around. Thanks Justin.Kerr!
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Alex it's not your fault, I bought and installed the second GPU my self, not from Digital Storm.

Btw, for some reason GPU1 is always 4-6C warmer that GPU2, while Idle and in stress. I know it might not be serious, but I'm asking just in case ;)
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wow that looks awesome! is there a way to turn the led on the led fans off?
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@Scorp,

Thanks for clarifying! The temp difference is perfectly fine.
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  Quote Scorp Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Oct 2010 at 7:35am
Originally posted by maxyme

wow that looks awesome! is there a way to turn the led on the led fans off?


It is possible to turn off the led on the front fan, but not there others, as far as I know...

I love the lights tho heh
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Ok I have to ask, is it Ender  as in "Enders Game" or is it Bender from Futurama?
and you used a !  because someone else is using the B?

(Ender's Game is a great book by the way)


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enders game
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kiss my shiny metal ass LOL
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After a few months' use, Im surprised that there is barely any dust to clean off after opening up the system for the quarterly clean! Makes my life easier :D

System's as awesome as EVER!
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