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Dreadnought: My Digital Storm Experience

Post Date: 2012-09-16

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    Posted: 16 Sep 2012 at 3:53pm

There comes a time in every real man’s life where they decide they need to move up in the world in terms of computing power and has arrived for me. I had previously been a serious or what I would consider to be serious PC gamer. I drifted away from gaming on a PC around 2006 and since that time I have been getting my gaming jollies on an XBOX 360. I went to college and bought a Toshiba Qosmio in 2005 and that has been my only PC since that time.

 

Enough, however, was enough and it was time for me to get a gaming rig that did not make me feel physical pain whenever I used it. The Qosmio overheated terribly and parts of it actually melted. I felt this was a disgrace to modern computing and after much soul-searching I decided that the time was right for a new PC.

 

My first instinct was to go to Alienware and have them build me a nice computer. This turned out to be far too costly and so my gaze turned elsewhere to other companies that offered to build custom computers at a cheaper cost. After doing some diligent research on these other companies I was not happy with what I read of opinions from their customers and I decided to look elsewhere in my quest for a quality gaming PC.

 

Somehow, perhaps by fate, I stumbled upon reviews of Digital Storm and most of them were overwhelmingly positive. I had many questions that others looking for new computers also had and to my great joy and relief those questions were answered thoroughly. By lurking and studying I had determined precisely what I wanted in my new computer and I am certain that if I had the motivation to ask the questions myself, the great community at the Digital Storm forums would have answered me in kind.

 

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 3930K 3.2GHz (Unlocked CPU for Extreme Overclocking) (Six-Core)
Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth X79 (Intel X79 Chipset) (Features USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s)
System Memory: 16GB 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 (180GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Model: 520 Series)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Western Digital Caviar (7200 RPM) (Model: Black Edition)
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 680 2GB (Includes PhysX)
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional 5.1
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 240mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (Extreme-Performance Edition)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans <b></b>
Internal Lighting: - No Thanks
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
LaserMark: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Stage 2: Overclock CPU 4.5GHz to 4.8GHz (Requires Pro/Deluxe/Sabertooth Motherboard)
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
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)
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 (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

Sub-Total: $3,012.00

 

That is the build that I ended up with and I am hoping that it will be everything I want in a gaming PC and more. I have gone through all the stage updates and right now my computer should be just days away from arriving at my doorstep. The waiting for delivery has been the absolute worst part of my experience thus far with Digital Storm and it seems downright rude for them to not have the capability to teleport my computer to me.


I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my PC and testing just how patient I can be because going into a medically-induced coma until the delivery date was not an option for me.

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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Sep 2012 at 4:09pm
Hi Scientist.....   Congrats on a real nice rig.
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Sep 2012 at 4:26pm
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  Quote Scientist Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 3:05am
Thank you! Double thanks to bpratt for all the helpful advice you have given to so many others on these boards which helped inform me as to what I wanted in my own build!

I was a bit curious about getting another video card later on for an SLI experience but would it be a waste if I was only using one monitor?
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 5:38am
Glad we could help.

For a single 24" monitor at 1920x1080 a single 680 should be great, unless you want to play certain games like   Metro 2033 at Ultra settings and stay 60 fps at all times.    Thats extreme gaming and for most games and even turning like aa down just a bit you are good to go.


Good luck.
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  Quote retirednavysnipe Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 7:21am
Congrats on the PC and welcome to the Digital Storm forum family.
Hailstorm Black Ops
I7 3930K 4.5GHZ
16GB 1600MHZ ram
2 x GTX 680
120 GB SSD, 1 TB hardrive
Fully liquid cooled CPU, GPU and chipset.
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  Quote Orange7 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 7:39am
Congrats!
DS xm15 Stage 4
i7-3820 (2.7GHz/3.7GHz)
16GB 1600MHz DDR3
GT 630, 1GB
240GB Intel 520
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 11:36am
Glad to hear and welcome as well to the community! Let us all know how it is and post pics too!
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  Quote Asangard Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Sep 2012 at 1:51pm
Hi Scientist,
 
Welcome to the forums.  That is a great rig you ordered.Cool  You even got the free T Shirt. Big%20Smile We would love to see pics of it when you get it.
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  Quote Scientist Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Sep 2012 at 8:13pm
Thank you all for your encouraging words! My computer arrived yesterday and I am convinced that the people at Digital Storm are time wizards. The wait for delivery seemed to take forever and was a special kind of torture that the Inquisition would be proud of. However, upon receiving my computer it is as though I have woken up from a deep, prolonged sleep into a brave new future with incredible technology. Forgive me, the pictures were taken with my iPhone.

The massive box in which my computer was packed with care:



The inside of the box containing a FREE T-Shirt, some cables, wheels, my owner's manual (with certificate of authenticity that now authorizes me to look down upon all other less technologically advanced humans) and lots of stickers:



The main course, my lovingly packaged PC:



The mug shot:




The profile with the juicy insides:




This picture is of my new PC in my computer corner and I also hope it will send a message to encourage people to actually measure and not guesstimate when it comes to seeing if your Digital Storm computer will fit where you hope for it to. I'm not complaining though; I would much rather have this wonderful machine next to me than hide it away under a desk.



My experience with Digital Storm has been everything I had hoped it would be and more. I could not be happier with my computer and the pristine condition it arrived in and the obvious care and diligence that was taken in assembling and shipping it. Kudos to everyone at Digital Storm for striving for and achieving excellence in what you all do and hooking a customer for life. If anyone out there is thinking about ordering from Digital Storm, I can't encourage you enough to do so.

Thanks again to everyone on these forums for being extremely helpful and thanks to Digital Storm for making spending money feel so good.
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 19 Sep 2012 at 8:44pm
Nice pics! Excited
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Sep 2012 at 12:25am
Real nice.   

Enjoy.
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congrats on you new rig. Cool
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Thats pretty sweet and I love that red carpet.
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AWESOME!
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It's interesting I happened upon your thread here. I just got my PC from Digital Storm. 99.9% the same build as yours, and I have a question for you... Does yours sound like a Harrier jet is about to take off? This thing is LOUD. Great performance though
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  Quote bprat22 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Dec 2012 at 5:17am
Hi   msharki... If you have the Vortex 240 cooler without the 3 speed button on cpu cooler( H100) then ask DS to send you resistor pac short wire harness that mount between fan plugs and mobo header to slow fans down.    If thats where the noise is from.   They come on max rpm and might not need it.
Hope this helps.

Congrats on your new rig.

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Thanks man. It is the fans. I could strap one of these bay's to my head and take flight.
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LOL  They can be loud.  Call DS and they'll fix ya up.   Just check cpu temps after under stress to make sure the 3930k cpu with stage 2 oc if that's your setup stays nice and cool.
 
Good Luck.
 
Just thinking...check your accessory box for the 6 inch wiring harness's  with resistor molded inside.  You never know.


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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Dec 2012 at 11:03am
Yes, let us know!

The HAF-X is normally a loud chassis due to the high-airflow design with massive vents everywhere.
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My nearly silent HAF-X would like a word with you Alex Hahaha
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Dec 2012 at 12:37pm
Ha! Definitely true, I did not meant to say HAF-X is usually loud all the time, but, it definitely can be on a large portion of builds due to all of the fan options.
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