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Dreadnought: My Day of Glory!

Post Date: 2012-09-21

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    Posted: 21 Sep 2012 at 3:03pm
Note: Pictures are included! I thought I would give you guys a nice wall of text to raise your anticipation for the photos. Trust me. I love what I see.

We meet again, DS. It's my pleasure to post here once more. I posted a while back, probably around June or July, starting my journey to create a new rig for everything I want to throw at it. After months of deliberation, and a long overdue silence from the forums, I updated my post that I FINALLY ordered a Epoch.

Now, as soon as I ordered this machine, I compared build time/shipping time with a company that makes me cringe when I say the name... Alienware. I bought a machine from Alienware a few years back, only to run into nothing but problems. But you may ask, "How did DS do!? TELL US NOW."

Well, here's a rundown of the computer's journey. I ordered around early September, as a bit of a way to celebrate my birthday. ;) I counted down the days, obsessively looking at my email to see if I entered a new Phase each and everyday. Everytime I saw my machine enter a new phase, it was like Christmas all over. Overall, it took around 5 days for the computer to be fully completed, from Phase 1-7 [In business days of course].

The shipping however, was a VERY pleasant surprise. My PC shipped the following Monday after it was complete, but the delivery date was scheduled for September 24th. However, upon looking at my tracker every day, last night, I saw it's latest update get bumped up to arriving on the 21st. Very epic on both DS, and FedEx. Want to know how long it took Alienware to get my machine to my doorstep? One entire month. But DS got my machine built and shipped to me in around 10 days. That alone is enough for a stamp of approval.

Now upon getting the machine out of it's epic box, I was pretty much floored about how much protection this computer had. With all the cardboard and foam surrounding it, it could have been thrown off the FedEx truck recklessly, and the computer would STILL be in pristine condition. Another thumbs up for DS for epic packaging.

Setting the machine up was also pretty straightforward and problem free. I didn't have to re-seat any components, and everything was working at 120%.

I'm actually typing this up from my machine now, and I'm installing all my games, and programs and whatnot so I can see how this baby can handle everything. I'll be updating this post as things are tested out.

Here are the specs of my machine:

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master 942 HAF X
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.40 GHz (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core) (Requires Z77 Motherboard)
Motherboard: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 (Intel Z77 Chipset) (Features Thermal Armor and Thermal Radar)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 800W Corsair GS (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
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: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 Extreme Performance
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Green)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Standard Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Automatic Overclocking
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
OS Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Recovery Tools: Windows Recovery Toolkit (Bundled with Windows 7 CD)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Game: - No Thanks
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 (Extra Large)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 10-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty


DISC10 PROMOTION: 10% Discount of $199 Applied to Digital Storm Desktop 404080, Original Price $1,988

Now, the moment everyone came here to see, PICTURES! :D

I've seen the regular cardboard boxes in reviews, but to see this epic black and red box? Awesome surprise.


This box is a behemoth. I haven't received a package this gigantic in so many years. The folks who lived with me were in disbelief over the sheer size of it. XD


Case door on. One thing that really made my jaw drop was the sheer size of the Noctua D14. In pictures and videos it looks huge, but you can only see how much of a true behemoth it is in person.

Case cover is off, and that green tube of epicness is BRIGHT. It was daylight out when I took this picture, but I can't wait for nighttime, when this thing will really illuminate my room with my favorite color.

And lastly, my new DS Epoch in it's new home. The wires on the left are a mess, but the wire disaster there has been cleaned up, and I'm in a fairly cold room, so airflow is top notch, and perfect.

Some final thoughts: This machine is beautiful. It is a work of art, and it is magnificent. I WILL be adding onto this machine in the future, but for now, this machine is a force to be reckoned with, and I thank everyone who built and tested my machine, and also the folks on the forums who helped me with my build.

If you're in the market for a world class rig that has no boundaries in what it can handle, look no further than Digital Storm. You're taken care of, treated amazingly, and that machine you've always wanted, IS the machine you've always wanted.

No runarounds, no gimmicks, just pure professional grade quality.

I'll be in touch, DS. You just earned yourself a lifetime customer. <3
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Sep 2012 at 3:51pm
Real nice review and pics.     Congrats.
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Sep 2012 at 4:08pm
Congrats on your new rig.Awesome  Love the pics.
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Sep 2012 at 6:12pm
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  Quote Orange7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 Sep 2012 at 8:28pm
Congrats!
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  Quote Onkel_Ken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Apr 2013 at 4:15pm
Great pictures and a nice review.
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  Quote retirednavysnipe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 28 Apr 2013 at 6:09pm
Nice review and pics, Am glad you are enjoying your DS machine.
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  Quote joguco2012 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Apr 2013 at 8:24pm
Congratulations on your new rig!!!
 
Nice review and pics.
 
 
 
 
 
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  Quote Evil_intentions Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 29 Apr 2013 at 10:47pm
Congrats enjoy that like the Green and can't go wrong with the Noctua =)
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