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Post Date: 2010-02-23

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    Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 9:57pm
I'm interested in getting a Digital Storm. I plan to use it for gaming and Adobe CS4 and 3DMax. I like playing games such as Crysis and Far Cry in their max settings. I have a 24 inch Samsung Wide Screen HD monitor. I like some feedback on my configuration that I have selected.
 
Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 932 (Black OPS Edition)
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 Micro Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
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 (2TB Western Digital (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed WD2001FASS 2TB)
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: Blu-Ray Player/DVD Writer (Play Blu-Ray and Burn DVDs)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB (XFX HD-587A-ZND9 XXX Edition)
Add-on Card: !CLEARANCE HOT SELLER: BFG High-Performance Dedicated Ageia PhysX Card P1 128MB
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 6: Sub-Zero LCS Dual Loop: CPU & Single Video Card
H20 Tube Color:Blue Tubing with High-Performance Fluid (UV Lighting Reactive)
Chassis Airflow: Upgrade Chassis With LED Performance Fans (Blue) (Up to 6 Fans)
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (UV) (Creates Glowing Effect for H20 Tubes)
Enhancements: Touch 2000 Aerocool Temperature Display & Fan Controller (Requires Chassis Airflow Upgrade)
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Boost Video Card: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the 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: McAfee Internet Security (Includes: AntiVirus, FireWall and AntiSpyware)
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: 3D Mark 2006 Advanced Edition (By: Futuremark) (Pre-Install and apply updates)
Install/Test Game: FREE: Please include a free copy of a hot-selling game
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 5-10 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

 
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  Quote Exsidium Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 10:06pm

Needs some fine tuning but I'm sure DST is already on it

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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 10:10pm
wouldn't nvidia be better for 3d?

tho right now their cards are behind.

just so you know wiht a gpu in that mobo you are left with 2 pci lanes, and if you add another gpu you will be left with no pci lanes.

change psu to corsair.

don't use a 2TB drive for os, get an ssd which will be faster anyways, remember:

HDD1 = fast drive: os/apps/games

HDD2 = regular large drive: media/personal/work file storage

Don't fill up your HDD1 more then 50%, if think you will need more room for it then pick a bigger one.

now if you think 250GB is not enough then raid, the fass is $700.

not sure how well that physx card will work with the ati card, I would drop it.

you will see no gain from teh xfx 5870.

with lc you don't need upgraded fans, they are loud, all your fans don't get changed, our front fan will still be red led.

with that kind of a setup make the changes I said and take the money and go with hailstorm.

the touch 2000 is pointless, you can't control all the fans, and reported temps are not as accurate as some softwares that can show it to you for free.

drop the oc from the gpu, you will see no gains, its a minimal oc.

change win7 to pro so you have xp mode.

go with 5 year warranty if you can.
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  Quote afung49 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 10:33pm
I would have selected an nvidia card if it supported DirectX 11. So far, I have not heard positive things about the upcoming nvidia Fermi card (GTX 470/480). the reason why I selected the Physx card was that I wanted Physx but ATI does not have Physx on their cards. Thank you for your feedback on the fan upgrades and the  touch 2000. The reason why I did not go all out is the cost. The rig is already much more that what I wanted to spend originally.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 10:39pm
so drop the stuff I mentioned and save yourself teh money and spend it on something that will make a difference in performance.

don't believe anything you read about the ati card, there is lots and I mean lots of bs going around about it.

wait till the cards come out and lets see.

for your use I think you may want to wait for it and see how its and prices and etc.

if you ask me, aside from the case and HDD you did go all out.

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  Quote afung49 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 10:47pm
I think I will drop the items you mention. I will take your advice and wait for the new nvidia cards to come out and check their reviews and benchmarks. I currently have a nvidia card in my current machine and would like to stay with nvidia if I can. Do you think it was overkill with the liquid cooling setup that I selected? I thought it would help if the video card was water cool too.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Feb 2010 at 1:16am
LC is not needed, its more of a luxury item if you will for you use.

you can go with air cooling and be just fine. but LC is nice of course, I think you should lc the cpu and not the gpu, save a ton of money and gpu upgrades will be easy also and you still get LC on teh cpu.
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