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    Posted: 20 Feb 2010 at 9:01pm
3/22/2010
I have had my computer for a few weeks now and I am enjoying it a lot. The computer works flawlessly, it is very powerful, quiet, and it plays games at 70-100+ fps.

I HIGHLY recommend DS to anyone who is in the market for a high quality, high performance PC.

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I usually do not post in Forums, but this time I will do it to help others who like me:
  • Is in the market for a high quality gaming computer
  • Wants to do business with the best
  • Is looking for a smooth transaction online
  • Expects the highest quality of product and customer service


      So I will outline my experience from the beginning.

      I have been shopping online for months now, preparing for the day I would be ready to place my order. I have looked at all other significant players in the custom PC market arena. I finally boiled it down to two players, DS and "the other company". It boiled down to the following decision:
      1. Go with "the other company" and get a lower price, but risk having issues
      2. Or go with DS, pay a slight premium and feel 100% sure everything will go great


      I was tempted to go with "the other", but I wanted the peace of mind and the high level of craftsmanship that most reviewers here attest to. So I placed my order on Thursday 2/18/2010. For exact build look below.

      Within that day and the next day I received 5 e-mails that have provided much needed reassurance that everything is proceeding according to plan. So far so good.

      I will continue my post throughout my experience to include pics once I receive the machine.

      Edited by Acapulco Sam - 22 Mar 2010 at 11:20pm
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2010 at 9:58pm
Thanks, its always great to hear what other members/customers experiences are, personally, I'm extremely happy can't wait to see the final review and pics
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  Quote rholyrag Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Feb 2010 at 10:07pm
Welcome to the forums.  Looking forward to reading more about your experience with DS.
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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Feb 2010 at 12:55pm
Well, I did some reading and soul searching over the weekend and I changed my mind on the configuration. I notice that I could have a more powerful computer if I let go of the shiny case and instead go with the X58 platform.
 
So I called this morning and spoke to Mike who took good care of me. My new configuration is as follows:
 
System Configuration:
Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - HAF 922
Exterior Finish: - Not Available
Trim Accents: - Not Available
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE 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: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - Not Available
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Set 1 Raid Options: - Not Available
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(s): 1x ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: Cooler Master V8 High Performance Cooler (Compatible With ONLY i7 Processors)
H20 Tube Color: - Not Available
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - Not Available
Chassis Mods: - Not Available
Noise Reduction: - Not Available
CPU Boost: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Requires Air Cooling Upgrade)
Graphics Boost: FREE: Yes, Overclock the video card(s) as much as possible with complete stability
Memory Boost: - Not Available
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: - Not Available
Office: - Not Available
Benchmarking: - Not Available
Pre-Install Game: - Not Available
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-10 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
 
This new config was just $15 more than the original. I was very pleased to see just how easy it was to make this change on the fly.
 
So far I am very pleased with the overall experience and can't wait to get my computer. I'll keep posting my updates as I go. 
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Feb 2010 at 2:45pm
Great choice IMO, now the x58 platform is compatible with the 6 core cpus coming out (i7 980x and 970) and you can update to these chips in 2 or 3 years if you want a more powerful cpu and by that time the cost will be very low.

plus you got a better mobo and 2 more GB of ram then before all for $15 difference

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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Feb 2010 at 2:56pm
Thanks for the feedback DST4ME. I actually enjoyed reading some of your posts and your point is well taken.
 
I do like the feeling of knowing that I can upgrade to a faster and more powerful chip later on down the road. Plus, the i7 920 should prove to be more powerful than the i5 today.
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Feb 2010 at 3:08pm
My pleasure I too see a value in being able to upgrade my cpu down the road to a more powerful one, even if it is from this year, it will still have more cores then what I have now.

I always want to get the most out of my purchase, that includes options down the road.

Edited by DST4ME - 22 Feb 2010 at 3:08pm
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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 7:56pm
Today is Tuesday 2/23/10 and my build just went:
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5---All in the same day!!!

I may actually be getting my computer by next week's end.
In preparation for the arrival of my new Rig I have secured the following items:
1) new desk (Built)
2) Razer Lycosa keyboard (received)
3) Razer Carcharias Headset (received)
4) Razer Abyssus mouse (received)
5) Razor Mako 2.1 speakers (en route)
6) Samsung T260HD (en route)

I went for the complete hook up! I will working for the wife's forgiveness.......
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Feb 2010 at 9:09pm
lol you got to get what you like
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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 04 Mar 2010 at 8:20pm
My computer is being shipped today.

Here are the over clocking settings:

Processor Speed GHz: 3.75
CPU Multiplier: 21
Voltage CPU VCore: 1.35
VDroop Control: Yes
i7 - BCLK MHz: 179
i7 - Voltage QPI\DRAM:
i7 - Voltage QPI\PLL:
i7 - Voltage CPU VTT: 150
i7 - Voltage IOH Vcore:
i7 - Voltage ICH Vcore:
i7 - Voltage IOH/ICH I/O:
i7 - PWM Frequency:
780i/790i - Memory Clock Mode:
780i/790i - CPU FSB MHz:
780i/790i - Voltage FSB:
780i/790i - Voltage SPP:
780i/790i - Voltage MCP:

Overclocked Video Card Settings
Radeon HD 5850
Core MHz: 745
Memory MHz: 1020
Shader MHz:

I see a lot of value in getting a stable system which CPU is running 55% faster than stock speeds.
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  Quote rholyrag Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Mar 2010 at 3:58pm
Originally posted by Acapulco Sam

Today is Tuesday 2/23/10 and my build just went:
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5---All in the same day!!!

I may actually be getting my computer by next week's end.
In preparation for the arrival of my new Rig I have secured the following items:
1) new desk (Built)
2) Razer Lycosa keyboard (received)
3) Razer Carcharias Headset (received)
4) Razer Abyssus mouse (received)
5) Razor Mako 2.1 speakers (en route)
6) Samsung T260HD (en route)

I went for the complete hook up! I will working for the wife's forgiveness.......
 
Lol...I have found that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
 
Great OC by the way.
 
Did you take a look at the Razer Mamba mouse?
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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Mar 2010 at 4:08pm
Not in detail. I was looking for a simple mouse. I've never had a programmable mouse before & plus I went over budget as it is. This one was an area where I could save a little money.

All the Razer products I got work flawlessly.
Especially the Mako 2.1 speakers, WOW!
The sound is amazing. I highly recommended them.

I have all my new accessories connected to my old computer and they have given it a new look and feel.

As soon as my new DS shows up (Wednesday 3/10 hopefully) I'll post some pictures and initial thoughts.
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  Quote khosatrel khel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Mar 2010 at 7:20pm
Congrats; hope it's all you expect. Be sure to post your review. Me, still waiting on mine (5+ weeks....)
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  Quote rholyrag Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Mar 2010 at 8:25pm
Originally posted by Acapulco Sam

Not in detail. I was looking for a simple mouse. I've never had a programmable mouse before & plus I went over budget as it is. This one was an area where I could save a little money.

All the Razer products I got work flawlessly.
Especially the Mako 2.1 speakers, WOW!
The sound is amazing. I highly recommended them.

I have all my new accessories connected to my old computer and they have given it a new look and feel.

As soon as my new DS shows up (Wednesday 3/10 hopefully) I'll post some pictures and initial thoughts.
 
Thank you for the recommendation on the speakers.  Do you get any feedback through the speakers like when a cell phone rings close by or are they shielded pretty good?
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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Mar 2010 at 8:53pm
Originally posted by rholyrag


Thank you for the recommendation on the speakers.  Do you get any feedback through the speakers like when a cell phone rings close by or are they shielded pretty good?


I have not noticed any feedback on the speakers. They are shielded very well.

Here is PC Magazine Review:

BOTTOM LINE
Razer's Mako 2.1 computer speaker system was codesigned with THX, featuring technology that uses desktop surfaces to disperse sound. The result is impressive power and clear, pleasing audio.

PROS
Intriguing design. Very powerful output. Booming low end. Excellent clarity without distortion at high volumes. Multiple inputs—including one on controller.

CONS
Very expensive. Wired controller can be slow and unresponsive. Limited listening "sweet spot."

I do not agree with any of the CONS,
1) I got them for $250 w/ no shipping at Tiger Direct.
Definitely worth $100 more than the Klipsch Pro Media 2.1 and around the same price for Bose Companion II & $100 less than Bose companion 5. The Mako beats them all!
2) You'll see a lot of negative feedback on the wired controller. It works great. Most people that complain about it simply do not read the instructions and are not using it properly.
3) I crank it up on my computer and it fills my entire game room. No sweet spot problems for me.


I originally was leaning towards the Bose Companion II or Klipsch Pro Media 2.1. They both are available to listen to at Best Buy. I took a gamble on the Mako 2.1 and I'm glad to say it payed off. The Razer Mako 2.1 blow them both away. The Klipsch pro Media 2.1 has overbearing bass and not clean enough mids and highs. The Bose on the other hand has great mids and highs but weak bass.

Not since my Iphone have I been as impressed with a product as I'm with these speakers.
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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 12:30am
Here are the pictures:

Flawless packaging-System arrived in perfect shape.


Protective foam keeps everything inside in place.


Love that V8


Here is the computer being handed down to the kids= AMD 64 chip + 1.5g RAM + HD 3850 AGP= Enough said!


Everything put in place cleanly


It ran from the word GO!


Finally, all set up and ready to go.....


Understated looks, but deceptively powerful
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 12:46am
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  Quote Chyeaaah Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 12:51am
Nice rig man.
Enjoy!
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 4:34am
Very nice boss, congrats and thx for the pics
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  Quote Muz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 10:42am
Looks awesome!! You may want to put something under the tower and not leave it on the carpet.
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  Quote tanamerra Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 2:11pm
Nice rig and pics. Enjoy.
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  Quote Costone Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 2:20pm
Great rig....great desk....great sound systemEvil%20Smile
 
and all yours...hehe
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  Quote rholyrag Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 4:14pm
Great looking rig and great pics!  I do like the looks of the mako speakers.  Thanks for the recommendation.
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Yeah beautiful PC man!  Great set-up all together.  I too would put a piece of wood or something under the HAF 922 because their is no filters in that case.
 
Looks great and have fun!
 
edit: also, thanks for the pic, it's fun to look at the awesome shiny new pc's.


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  Quote Acapulco Sam Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Mar 2010 at 11:44pm
I just installed 2 new games and played them for a short while.

Mass Effect 2 & Supreme Commander 2.
I ran them both at full resolution 1900 x 1200 and all I can say is WOW. I am seriously impressed. Specially with mass effect. It looked ridiculously good and it flows really smooth. I haven't check the Frames per second but I will next time.

I also ran 3D Mark Vantage and it came out right at 16,000.
Any thoughts about that score?

So far I am extremely pleased with this system.
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Sweet!  Looks like your set. Your getting me all excited again. My new DS-rig should be here monday.  I picked up BioSock 2 and Mass Effect 2 also.  They are just staring at me, but I won't run them on anything but the new system.  I am going from a Cyberpower AMD athlon 64x2 4200+, w/nvidia 9600gt(after upgrading) to a Digitalstorm Intel I7-920(w/OC) w/dual ati 5870's(w/OC).  My wife is gonna need a hand grenade to get me out of my den next week!Smile

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  Quote Muz Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 12 Mar 2010 at 3:43pm
Originally posted by jumbojrm

 My wife is gonna need a hand grenade to get me out of my den next week!Smile

 
Becareful fella. Them womenz/wives are ruthless and they may just do that haha :)
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Originally posted by Muz

Originally posted by jumbojrm

My wife is gonna need a hand grenade to get me out of my den next week!Smile
Becareful fella. Them womenz/wives are ruthless and they may just do that haha :)


You know what they say; At the root of every great problem, there is a woman...

Anywho... Nice rig, thanks for the pics.

I am about to buy a system with almost your EXACT specifications (thinking about going with an SSD as well, everything else is the same)...

Do you own Call Of Duty MW2?

MW2 is the primary function of this machine for me, and I was hoping to get your framerates at 1680x1050 or higher?.

Thanks!


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  Quote police215 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Mar 2010 at 10:09am
NICE!!!!!! Reminds me of the day that my rig came to the house. THE MEMORIES Ouch

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I think Muz has a good idea about raising the computer off of the carpet. You will get more dust sitting on carpet than you will higher. Every time someone walks by a certain amount of dust will be stirred up. Even when the carpet is vacumed you will get dust moving in the air.

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  Quote AndydViking Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 24 Mar 2010 at 4:27pm
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I think Muz has a good idea about raising the computer off of the carpet. You will get more dust sitting on carpet than you will higher. Every time someone walks by a certain amount of dust will be stirred up. Even when the carpet is vacumed you will get dust moving in the air.

Frank
 
That and depending on how plush and so forth a carpet is it could really reduce air to the power supply all together.
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  Quote broken Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Mar 2010 at 9:25pm

go to a place that sells tile......measure the width of your case....and get them to cut a 24" tile to fit underneath it.

 
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Very nice looking. I have to admit I do love that V8, it has worked great for me. Enjoy. Hug
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