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Post Date: 2008-11-30

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    Posted: 30 Nov 2008 at 9:58am
Almost 2 months ago, I was browsing Digital Storm's website and I decided to make a configuration for myself to buy at a later date.  It was about $3800 and I was going to buy it around Christmas time.  A day after I saved the config, I received an email from a Digital Storm employee, informing me of an offer they had at the time.  If I bought the computer within the next 3 days (or so...I can't exactly remember), then I would receive a $500 discount.  I couldn't believe my eyes, but I also couldn't refuse that offer, so I bought it.

Unfortunately I deleted all of the emails once I received my system, but it took about 2-3 weeks to finish EVERYTHING and for the system to get to my house.  I was in Iraq and Kuwait at the time, and I only got home just a week ago which is why this review is coming out now instead of weeks ago.

My dad said that the system arrived here in great condition (along with the fact that he couldn't believe how freakin' HUGE it was) and that he was really impressed.  When I finally plugged it in to my brand new 24" screen, G15 keyboard and Razer Lachesis mouse, it blew me away.  It flies through ANY application and games?  Haha, it's not even questionable.  If anyone ever asks me about computers and is thinking about buying one, I will, without hesitation, recommend Digital Storm.  Thank you.

Specs:
Chassis: Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Interior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair HX (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.0GHz (1333MHz FSB) (12MB Cache)
Motherboard: Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP (Intel X48 Chipset) (Supports CrossFire)
System Memory: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Corsair
Card Reader: Internal Digital Media Card Reader (Black)
Hard Drive 1: 500GB Western Digital (16MB Cache) (7200 RPM) (SATA)
Hard Drive 2: - No Thanks
Raid Option: - No Thanks
Hard Drive 3: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD-ROM/CD-ROM (DVD Reader 16x / CD Reader 40x)
Optical Drive 2: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 20x / CD-Writer 48x)
Internet Access: Linksys Wireless-N 300Mbps (Supports 802.11n/g/b)
Video Card(s): 2x CrossFire Dual (ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB)
TV Tuner: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer (CLEARANCE PRICED)
Extreme Cooling: Air Cooled Stage 3 WindTunnel (Copper Heatpipe Heatsink & Additional Case Fans)
Internal Lighting: Blizzard Internal Lighting (Red Edition) (Cold Cathode Tubes)
Modifications: - No Thanks
CPU Boost: Yes, Overclock the processor as much as possible with complete stability
Graphics Boost: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Memory Boost: Yes, Overclock memory timings (Includes Memory Fan Kit Installed)
Windows Boost: Yes, Disable and tweak all of the non-crucial services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-Bit Edition) (For Enthusiasts)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Protection: McAfee Internet Security (Includes: AntiVirus, FireWall and AntiSpyware)
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Pre-Install Game: Call of Duty 4 (Pre-Install, apply updates, and test gameplay with my system)
LCD Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: APC 1300VA Uninterruptible Backup Surge Conditioner (Recommended)
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty













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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2008 at 2:51pm

Very nice! Ermm

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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2008 at 11:23pm
Sweet rig, Shepherd!! Big%20smile
 
What was your CPU OC?
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  Quote jtspectra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Nov 2008 at 11:33pm
OC please . Nice system though . i love that CPU Ermm

did you change the side fans by yourself ? almost looks like one pic has 4 fans and the other one looks like the stock 230mm . am i just seeing things ?


Edited by jtspectra2 - 30 Nov 2008 at 11:54pm
Q9650 @ 4.2Ghz( Liquid Cooled), 4GB 1600Mhz DDR3, GTX280 SLI, VRaptor,HAF 932
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OC specs beautiful boss beautiful
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  Quote pgarthw8 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 5:33am
FRESH meat!  Bout' time someone posted a new review.
 
Congrats on that beast you have....
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  Quote Shepherd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 10:02am
I'm not sure what the OC was...also, haha, the other day when I turned it on, the mobo screen came up saying that my OC had failed...any ways I can fix this?  Other than that, GREAT machine.  There are 4 fans on the side.
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  Quote jtspectra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 4:09pm
it said your OC failed? iv never seen that . Download CPU-z from http://www.cpuid.com and see what that says. Also if your OC is giving you probems you can always save your profile , and restore defaults in your bios .

Did you put those  4 fans on the side or did DS ?
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  Quote Shepherd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 5:06pm
DS did.  Thanks for the advice.
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  Quote Shepherd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 5:10pm
Okay, after checking CPU-Z, it says my Core Speed is right around 2.000.  Good or bad?  (by the way, I tried calling DS and left a message...I'm sure I'll get it all figured out when they call back)
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 6:15pm

You might be reading the wrong clock-rate, or the program is reading the wrong sensor. Or, your cpu is simply throttling down when its not in use. Try leaving CPU-Z on and open and close a few intensive applications, does it change?

What clock-rate do you see when you right click "My Computer" and select "Properties?"
 
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  Quote Shepherd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 6:27pm
When I right click My Computer and click Properties, it reads 3.00 ghz @ 3.00 ghz.
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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 6:38pm

Sounds like the OC didn't work.  You should have around 4.0 on your OC...

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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 6:48pm

It could be a glitch. If not, we can sort it out within minutes.

If you already sent/left a message. We will get back to you by the end of the day today. We just been slammed from the holiday break.
 
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  Quote XpubuX Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 6:55pm
Yeah my comp got deliverd without overclock they had the overclock in there files though and it took 2 seconds over the phone to get it where it needed to be. Theyll take care of you and your pc wont have to go anywhere.
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  Quote jtspectra2 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 7:06pm
i would call DS, and have them overclock it for you.

If you want , and you cant wait, you can join us in the Digital Storm IRC chat , and someone there can help you with your OC settings , if you choose to do it that way.
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  Quote scaner Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 8:20pm
nice rig.....very good...Thumbs%20Up
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 8:32pm
His pc was OCed but when he try to run it the system gave an error message about oc and I think reset bios to default.

Shepherd in cpu-z what is your rated fsb?
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  Quote Shepherd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 11:10pm
Yep, they called back and Randy helped me get my OC back to where it was.  Thanks, guys :D
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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 01 Dec 2008 at 11:25pm
Glad that it worked out!!!  Big%20smile
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Oh that is great news, go randy glad you got it back, did you save a profile this time?
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What was your cpu oc, shepherd? 
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  Quote Shepherd Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2008 at 1:45am
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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2008 at 2:07am
nice, you probably have room if you wanted to push it yourself
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  Quote stilkster Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2008 at 2:36am

Sweet, shep!, nice rig and oc!  Smile

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  Quote Setara Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 08 Dec 2008 at 6:08am
WoW very nice rig LOL
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  Quote acs262 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Dec 2008 at 6:31pm
Grats on youre puppy..looks very Angry..ENJOY IT!!! Ermm
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